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December 19, 2001

New state yardstick to measure schools
The new grading system toughens standards for students and rewards schools for improving student scores.

Children need tests for harm from arsenic, scientists say
TALLAHASSEE -- A national panel of scientists says the government should test children to see if they have been exposed to dangerous levels of arsenic while playing on pressure-treated wooden playgrounds and decks.

Lawmakers propose bonds to buy Everglades land
TALLAHASSEE -- Saying Florida needs to buy land to protect the Everglades now before the price goes up, a group of state lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a new plan to borrow money to get the job done.

All but one part of new election law okayed
The U.S. Justice Department allows the state to implement everything but the statewide voter database.

Lawmaker urges penalizing deadbeat doctors
Florida does not have a law that addresses doctors who default on their student loans. The tab stands at $46-million.

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