Tallahassee, FL – Hand sanitizing dispensers have been yanked from Leon County classrooms. The dispensers and the anti-bacterial product they contain had been donated by a school district partner last year. The district's Nursing and Health Services Coordinator Lorri Pilkington says the State Department of Health liked the dispensers

"However DOE and the State Fire Marshall's office had reservations because of the alcohol based product which research shows is the most effective in the prevention of spread of illnesses"

Tallahassee, FL – The papers were filed at the Republican Party of Florida headquarters on East Jefferson Street this morning. Bill McCollum, State Attorney General and Giuliani's Florida campaign chair did the honors

"He is the most talented, capable person ever to run for president. He is a Reagan disciple, he's conservative in the sense of supply-side economics and foreign policy in ways that i admire. I just think that he's going to make a terrific president".

Tallahassee, FL – The Quinnipiac poll finds support for two proposals that Governor Crist campaigned. A
hypothetical proposal including doubling homestead exemption, making save our homes
portable and a break for first time homebuyers is within the margin of error of the 60 percent super majority needed to pass. But Pollster Peter Brown warns if property tax reform fails, voters most likely will lay the blame at Crist's feet.

Tallahassee, FL – The immediate future of property tax reform in Florida is uncertain. James Call reports lawmakers have six days to merge different House and Senate plans into a proposal to place on a January ballot.

Tallahassee, FL – It is unclear whether the Florida Legislature will produce a property tax reform package. Lawmakers are working on many fronts to gather the supermajority needed to pass a proposal and a second supermajority to get it on a January ballot. James Call reports, House members are working a plan that cuts taxes more than what the Senate has agreed to do.

Tallahassee, FL – Senate President Ken Pruitt says the Senate may not reconvene during the special session on property taxes. As James Call reports, the Senate will wait to see what the House does this week on property tax relief.

Tallahassee, FL – Now the question is the compromise. In a national firestorm, the U.S. House Republicans held the line just 13 votes shy of the two-thirds needed to override the president's veto of a bill to provide health insurance to ten million American children. And Florida's congressional delegation is right in the thick of it. Congressman Adam Putnam of Bartow, the House's third-ranking Republican, played a key role in sustaining the veto and now says it's time for a bipartisan solution.

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Tallahassee, FL – The threat of budget cuts continue as each agency head pleads their case before lawmakers in anticipation of September's special session.

Tallahassee, FL – The Capital City Bank branch at the corner of Old Bainbridge Road and West Tharpe Street was held up around 1:20 Tuesday afternoon. The robber, described as a black man with a towel wrapped around his head, didn't show a weapon and ran off with the money. City Police think he may have escaped in a vehicle parked at nearby Fogle Court.

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