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March 28, 2001
Hispanic boom fuels state growth
Census numbers reveal statewide growth and a shift of political power from the Panhandle to the southeast.

Hispanics now Florida's largest minority group
Alvaro Perez came to Florida three years ago, so determined to learn English that he spent more than $1,000 on a set of instructional videos.

Method simplifies race data
To compare this census with the last, 63 race categories are telescoped down to five.

Hispanics, retirees add to growth
Because many Floridians hail from other states, they may be interested in census numbers from back home. Data from two larger states -- California and Michigan -- and from the District of Columbia have not been released. Following is a short synopsis on growth and race from several states.

Lawmakers: We'll pay for vow to teach
A bill would pay tuition and fees if prospective teachers agree to take and keep classroom jobs at least four years.

Senate advances bill to help homeless
For the first time, Florida would have a State Office on Homelessness to fund and unify the state's programs.

Georgia opposes aquifer storage
Florida and Georgia draw their drinking water from the same underground aquifer, but the two states have completely different attitudes toward a new technique that would store extra water in it.

Ban sought on arsenic-treated wood in state's playgrounds
A lawmaker says he will offer a bill in the House to keep arsenic-treated wood out of playgrounds.

The Legislature in brief
Today is the 23rd day of the 60-day session.


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