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March 14, 2003

Legislature: Visit by Bucs QB turns lawmakers into giddy fans
TALLAHASSEE -- Brad Johnson starred in a different arena Thursday: the state Capitol.
Legislature: Senate: Money is not there
Its budget chief says that Florida is in such dire fiscal straits it has only $53-million to cover $2-billion in services.

What's missing here?
Don't see it? That's okay. Neither did the company administering the FCAT test.

Tribal leaders hear Billie's defense
A final vote to remove him may come Monday.

Corrections declares end to lax house arrest rules
TALLAHASSEE -- A new zero-tolerance policy for criminals breaking the rules of house arrest has been announced by Corrections Secretary James Crosby.

Legislature 2003: Farm workers' legislation seeks safety measurers
Farm workers on Thursday urged passage of bills to protect them from health risks due to pesticides, and from slavery rings that exploit migrant workers by not paying minimum wages. Their legislative advocates include African-American Democrats and Cuban-American Republicans who cited the "shame" of a legacy of mistreatment of Florida farm workers.

Legislature: Law officers oppose Miccosukee bill
A measure that would end state jurisdiction on reservation land is a bad idea, says a group of sheriffs and prosecutors.

Around the state: Government sued over Elian raid
MIAMI -- A Washington-based legal watchdog group is suing the federal government on behalf of more than 100 protesters who claimed they were beaten and gassed with pepper spray during the raid to seize Elian Gonzalez from his Miami relatives nearly three years ago.

State report backs textbook reform
It says flexibility in how Hernando and Pasco districts buy books could save money. A decision is up to the Legislature.

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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