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November 30, 2001

Antiterrorism effort jelling, panel told
ORLANDO -- The pieces of Florida's antiterrorism efforts, consisting of enhanced police powers and restrictions on public records, are quickly falling into place, a top state law enforcement official told a security task force Thursday.

Agents cross wires on fugitive
TALLAHASSEE -- Early last month, federal agents in north Florida questioned a Pakistani man who had fled officials in New York City shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

House's budget cuts exceed $1-billion
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House of Representatives cut more than $1-billion from education, health care and public safety Thursday, inching closer to an agreement with the Senate on final cuts.

Senator wants elections rules panel abolished
TALLAHASSEE -- Three weeks ago, Miami Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla was hit with one of the largest fines in Florida history for violating campaign finance laws. Now, he has filed a bill to abolish the commission that fined him.

LaBrake may face another inquiry
A new complaint to the state Ethics Commission could spark another investigation of Tampa's former housing chief.

Where the cuts are
These are highlights of the more than $1-billion in the Florida House's proposed cuts to the current year's state budget. The deepest cuts are in education, which accounts for 53 percent of all state spending paid for with general taxes. The House and the Senate have slightly different approaches.


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