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May 23, 2001

Regulator taps friend for deputy DEP chief
The state's top environmental regulator has chosen a longtime friend with no experience in Florida as the new deputy secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Medical care plan a failure, audit says
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida launched a program in 1997 to save more than $100-million in taxpayer dollars by better managing medical care for poor people with chronic diseases.

Diplomat planning a run for governor
Ex-Florida congressman Pete Peterson intends to resign as ambassador to Vietnam and challenge Gov. Jeb Bush.

Floridians warn against more standardized tests
President Bush's plan to require testing for millions of public schoolchildren survived a challenge in the House on Tuesday, but only after Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa warned against expanding Florida-style testing across the nation.

Is prayer the only answer to drought?
The governor describes the drought as perilous as wildfires rage across the state.


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