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September 12, 2002


Vote tips toward McBride
TAMPA -- Bill McBride appeared poised to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination Wednesday, though the election mess kept anyone from declaring a winner.

Criticized after first test, supervisor remains upbeat
FORT LAUDERDALE -- With the polls long closed and thousands of votes still uncounted, Broward Supervisor of Elections Miriam Oliphant sounded pleased with her performance early Wednesday.

Votes missing; observers hissing
MIAMI -- A new wave of election problems in South Florida on Wednesday kept elections officials laboring for a second straight night to retrieve votes from touch screen machines that had been expected to spit out results in record time.

Rule deleting some election runoffs faces review
Some lawmakers like runoffs. Others say they're a waste of money. This year they might have influenced races.

His years of experience unable to prevent fiasco
MIAMI -- David Leahy has managed to weather a few flawed elections in his 20 years as Miami-Dade County's supervisor of elections.

Dyer first among four for attorney general
He lays claim to the Democratic nomination for attorney general, but one opponent awaits the final tally.

Incumbents fare well in races for legislative seats
TALLAHASSEE -- All but one of the incumbents facing primary challenges claimed wins in legislative races Tuesday in an election that pitted several lawmakers against each other.

Outcome of primaries influences GOP leader
TALLAHASSEE -- Miami state Rep. Gaston Cantens on Wednesday pulled out of the race to be state House speaker in 2004, leaving Rep. Allen Bense of Panama City the only contender for the post if Republicans keep their large majority in the House.

Florida's few races among the keys to House's future
Florida may have only a few competitive congressional races in November, but the state could help decide whether Republicans or Democrats control the House of Representatives, party officials said after a primary election that produced no surprises.

Around the state
First winners of Lotto jackpot come forward

Escambia commissioner pleads no contest
PENSACOLA -- One of two suspended Escambia County commissioners who have made deals with prosecutors entered no-contest pleas Wednesday as part of an agreement that includes testifying against W.D. Childers, another suspended commissioner.

From AP's Florida news wire
  • Hurricane Jeanne appears on track to hit Florida's east coast
  • Rumor mill working overtime after Florida hurricanes
  • Developments associated with Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne
  • Four killed in Panhandle plane crash were on Ivan charity mission
  • Hurricane Frances caused estimated $4.4 billion in insured damage
  • Disabled want more handicapped-accessible voting machines
  • USF forces administrators to resign over test score changes
  • Man's death at Universal Studios ruled accidental
  • State child welfare workers in Miami fail to do background checks
  • Hurricane Jeanne heads toward southeast U.S. coast
  • Hurricane Jeanne spurs more anxiety for storm-weary Floridians
  • Mistrial declared in case where teen was target of racial "joke"
  • Panhandle utility wants sewer plant moved to higher ground
  • State employee arrested on theft, bribery charges
  • Homestead house fire kills four children, one adult
  • Pierson leader tries to cut off relief to local fern cutters
  • Florida's high court rules Terri's law unconstitutional
  • Jacksonville students punished for putting stripper pole in dorm
  • FEMA handling nearly 600,000 applications for help
  • Man who killed wife, niece, self also killed mother in 1971
  • Producer sues city over lead ball fired by Miami police
  • Tourism suffers across Florida after pummeling by hurricanes
  • Key dates in the life of Terri Schiavo
  • An excerpt from the unanimous ruling in the Schiavo case
  • Four confirmed dead after small plane crash in Panhandle
  • Correction: Disney-Cruise Line story

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