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April 16, 2003

Changes to Glades bill alarm Congress
Florida sends its environmental chief to reassure members of Congress and to salvage federal aid.

Mystery group targets House budget cuts
TALLAHASSEE -- A mysterious new group captured the Capitol's attention Tuesday with a sophisticated attack against the House and its budget cuts.

Budget balancing could drive up tuition, class sizes
Educators worry the state's colleges will suffer as lawmakers look for ways to balance the state's budget.

Runoff will pick Jacksonville mayor
JACKSONVILLE -- Sheriff Nat Glover, making a bid Tuesday to become the first black mayor in Jacksonville history, narrowly led Republican businessman John Peyton in a field of of seven candidates. The two will face a May 13 runoff election.

Legislature: With few friends, workers' comp bill moves ahead
Senators on both sides of the issue find things to dislike -- but it clears the Banking and Insurance Committee, anyway.

Legislature: Senate moves to cool down debate on smoking limits
Today is the 44th day of the 60-day session.

Legislature: Senate panel approves malpractice measures
The bill would cut insurance rates and shield emergency room doctors from lawsuits.

Around the state: State to look at buying Cypress Gardens
WINTER HAVEN -- Historic theme park Cypress Gardens, which closed last weekend after six decades because of dwindling attendance, may be bought and preserved by the state, officials said Tuesday.

Police pension board blamed in theft
MIAMI -- A federal judge has ruled that a Miami police pension fund board allowed an accountant to swindle other investors out of more than $770,000 to repay money he stole from the retirement account.

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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