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December 6, 2001

'Endeavour' blasts off amid tight security
[AP photo]
As fighter jets and radar scan the skies, the first shuttle to launch since Sept. 11 begins its 11-day mission.
Florida tightening rules for licenses
TALLAHASSEE -- State officials are tightening the rules for getting a driver's license and seeking a change in the law to make future licenses available only to Florida residents.

State seeks fines for post-attack gas price gouging
Retailers accused of raising prices as much as 50 cents a gallon could face fines of up to $10,000.

Bush's tax cut wins delay despite several GOP nays
TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers handed Gov. Jeb Bush the delay he sought in a controversial tax cut Wednesday, but it came without the support of some of the House's most conservative members.

Capitol recycling buried in inaction
State officials toss their trash, marking a retreat from a program lawmakers mandated in 1988.

Court voids notable domestic abuse award
An appellate court overturns the $1.7-million verdict against a businessman accused of battering his former girlfriend.

State will remove plant's acidic water
BRADENTON -- State officials have agreed to clean and remove millions of gallons of acidic water from the abandoned Piney Point phosphate plant.

Audit blasts lapses at civil rights agency
Slow case work and misuse of funds top the problems state auditors find at the Commission on Human Relations.

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