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February 4, 2003

Retailers lobby for smoking loophole
Businesses plead their case to a Senate committee studying how to implement the ban voters passed in November.

Shuttle Disaster: Innovator retains faith in thermal tiles
MIMS -- Art teacher Chip Gillespie hasn't told his students at Pinewood Elementary about his work on the space shuttle's protective tiles.

Deputies seek clues in slaying of girl, 5
LEESBURG -- Sheriff's deputies are asking for help in finding out who fatally shot a 5-year-old Leesburg girl during a weekend road rage incident.

Coalition to monitor water issues
TALLAHASSEE -- Environmentalists have formed a coalition to keep an eye on legislation they believe threatens supplies of water and to promote bills to better protect its purity.

McKay weighs vote on killing tax exemptions
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida voters have approved a high-speed train, a class size reduction initiative and universal prekindergarten. Maybe they will back a ballot measure to get rid of dozens of sales tax exemptions.

House members back prescription drug plan
The bipartisan measure would give discounts of 38 to 50 percent to about 250,000 seniors who qualify.

Around the state: Firms who keep reservists on payroll would get break
TALLAHASSEE -- Two northeast Florida legislators want the state to offer tax credits to business owners who pay employees their full salaries while on military duty.

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