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March 26, 2003

River restoration project risks snag in Legislature
The removal of the Ocklawaha River dam and Rodman Reservoir, a popular bass fishing site, is meeting resistance from key legislators.

Bills would let hospitals bypass law
Two lawmakers offer legislation to allow two medical facilities to expand without a review required by law, benefiting a GOP donor.

Shuttle Disaster: Shuttle reliability debated
CAPE CANAVERAL -- NASA may have to live with a risk factor of two catastrophes for every 113 shuttle flights, so it should limit its crew size and use robots and unmanned rockets whenever possible, a missile and rocket expert said Tuesday.

House bill aims to do away with FHSAA
The bill's sponsor says the athletics group lacks diversity, and wants the state Board of Education to take over its duties.

Broward man arrested in sex case
BRADENTON -- A Broward County man was arrested at the home of a 14-year-old girl after he e-mailed her a nude picture of himself and came to have sex with her, police said.

Legislature: Vision testing for older drivers clears panel
Today is the 22nd day of the 60-day session.

Around the state: State to seek land swap with Miccosukee tribe
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush and the Cabinet ordered the Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday to try to negotiate a land swap with the Miccosukee Indian tribe instead of seizing its Everglades property through condemnation.

House salutes voucher bill for those serving in military
TALLAHASSEE -- Children of military personnel could get private school vouchers under a bill the House passed Tuesday, as supporters said offering free private education was the least the state could do for soldiers fighting in Iraq.

Equal Rights Amendment push renewed
Activists rally outside the Capitol for companion bills to ratify the 31-year-old women's rights measure.

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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