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Tallahassee, FL – Three Tallahasseans have lived to tell the tale after some devastating injuries. Tom Flanigan asked them to share their stories and files this report.

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Tallahassee, FL – The U.S. Senate has passed the Economic Stimulus bill with a vote of 61 to 36. As Lynn Hatter reports, all the no votes were from Republicans with Florida Senator Mel Martinez included in that number.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's adoption of California's auto emissions standards hit a major speed bump Monday when it was found that Florida's rule making efforts were unconstitutional. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's criminal justice system is bracing for yet another round of likely budget cuts. More from Tom Flanigan.

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Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist thanked his Federal Stimulus Working Group several times Monday. James Call reports he then directed his agency heads to start spending more than $12 billion the state will get from Congress.

Crist says he's doing what "the people" tell him they want done.

state capital – Florida Governor Charlie Crist will try to make good on his promise to make property taxes "drop like a rock." James Call reports, he's preparing four separate tax proposals for the Spring Legislative Session.

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Tallahassee, FL – Despite a not so certain financial future, a state panel is back in business targeting about 11 thousand acres of land for Florida's signature land-buying program, Florida Forever. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Crist is "persona non grata" as far as many republican lawmakers are concerned because of his support for the stimulus package and his appearance with President Obama in Fort Myers. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist is getting pressure from opposite ends of the political spectrum over a pending Florida Supreme Court appointment. Trimmel Gomes has more.

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state capital – Two Florida lawmakers have a plan to capture what they call lost money. James Call reports they want to make it easier to apply the state's sales tax to stuff bought on the Internet.

Tallahassee, FL – The Economic Stimulus Package making its way through congress is allocating money for many things except foreclosures. As Lynn Hatter reports, Florida U.S. Senator Mel Martinez is calling on Congress to deal with the housing market, which he says is the root of the economic problems.

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A sales tax generates about a third of the state's revenue.

Tallahassee, FL – A new reports says the state's main source of money is becoming less productive. James Call reports a tax on sales is applied in fewer transactions than it was it was 40 years ago.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Senator Bill Nelson is hoping to stop pythons from sucking the life out of the Everglades. The Florida Democrat wants to pass a federal law that will block the sale of pythons to inexperienced pet owners. We have more on that from Trimmel Gomes.

Tallahassee, FL – One of Florida's most powerful pro-business organizations is urging state lawmakers to make economic recovery "job one" during the upcoming legislative session. We get more on that from Tom Flanigan .

Tallahassee, FL – What could the federal stimulus plan mean to the Capital City region? Tom Flanigan reports that was the topic at a town hall meeting Thursday night .

Tallahassee, FL – Florida is set to receive a multi-million dollar lifeline to help combat the foreclosure crisis. As Lynn Hatter reports, the money will go to 26 communities throughout the state.

Tallahassee, FL – The same group that successfully pushed Florida's constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage has turned its sights on strengthening the marriages of straight couples. More from Lynn Hatter.

Tallahassee, FL – All eyes are on the stimulus package working through congress and supporters of Everglades restoration are calling on federal lawmakers to double the amount of money proposed for water projects. Trimmel Gomes Reports

Tallahassee, FL – Some powerful lawmakers and Governor Charlie Crist have hopped on board another attempt to bring commuter rail service to Central Florida. Tom Flanigan reports the latest plan is a bit different than the one that was sidetracked during the final days of last year's legislative session

state capitol – One of Florida's most powerful state officials has stepped down amid investigations into whether he improperly took a job at a college in the state.
James Call reports, representative Ray Sansom effectively resigned as House Speaker and his GOP colleagues voted unanimously to replace him with Speaker Pro Tempore Larry Cretul.

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Florida House Republican Leaders say they are making a clean break from the scandal that forced Destin Representative Ray Sansom to step down as Speaker. The subject of grand jury and ethics investigations Sansom resigned Monday. Tuesday, House Democrats invited a constitutional law professor to talk to them about ethics and public service.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist had asked for a diverse set of candidates to fill a fourth Florida Supreme Court vacancy in less than a year. After weeding through eight applicants, Crist now gets to choose from a pool of four nominees. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – It's tax time again and this year there are some new tax credits being offered by the IRS. Lynn Hatter has more.

Crist says his vetoes leaves the budget in balance and money in reserve.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist Tuesday signed the state's budget deficit reduction package. However, James Call reports, he restored more than 90 million dollars in cuts made by the legislature.


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Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist says he's sharpening his veto pencil and may use it next week to reverse some of the budget cuts passed by lawmakers. James Call reports Crist says he's concerned about how the budget balancing package affects public safety, schools and the environment.

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