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March 22, 2001
Senate ready to vote on faith-based prison plan
Today the Senate votes on a faith-based program for prisons, earmarking $5-million for projects.

Governor calls for action to aid minority students
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday appealed to educators and state lawmakers to help poor, minority schoolchildren who are being shortchanged by Florida schools.

Ex-aide is accused of abusing office
The Ethics Commission claims Stephen MacNamara, a top aide for the former House speaker, used his position to benefit a private client.

Dismissal of tribe's lawsuit upheld
A state appeals court has upheld a circuit judge's decision to throw out a lawsuit filed by the Seminole Tribe of Florida against the St. Petersburg Times.

Anti-smoking ads work, say experts
Florida's Truth campaign is found to exceed expectations in curbing teen smoking, evaluators say.

University chief says Talented 20 has 'fatal flaw'
The University of Michigan president tells how his school is fighting legal challenges to affirmative action.

Bill adds crowding to voucher criteria
The House measure would give $3,000 to students so they could get out of schools at 120 percent of capacity.

Bill would help doctors report their errors
But the reports from physicians' offices would be confidential and could not be subpoenaed in a lawsuit.

Around the Legislature
Felons testify for rights restoration

Rains erase state burning ban in 21 counties
TALLAHASSEE -- Recent rains have prompted Florida Agriculture Commissioner Terry L. Rhodes to release 21 counties from an emergency outdoor burning ban.

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