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Tallahassee, FL – Three more women were added to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame. They include a lawmaker, a philanthropist and a policy maker. Lynn Hatter brings you the first inductee. Former Florida State Senator, Gwen Margolis.

Tallahassee, FL – As many as one in three Florida jail and prison inmates suffer from mental illness. As Tom Flanigan reports, that's brought the state criticism from a national mental health advocacy group and legislation to divert more money and prison inmates into community mental health programs.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Senator Jeremy Ring says he was surprised by opposition during a committee meeting about an autism spectrum disorder bill he's sponsoring. However, James Call reports, Ring says he intends to work with the industry representative to address their concerns.

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Tallahassee, FL – A plan that would freeze school class sizes at current levels cleared a key House Committee Tuesday. Lynn Hatter reports.

Tallahassee – It's the second year for the so-called "Second Chance" bill for certain juvenile convicts serving life terms. As Tom Flanigan reports, it would allow Florida's Parole Commission to consider release, but only if tough terms are met.

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida's spending on education has shrunk in the last two years. So much so, that the state doesn't qualify for a portion of the federal education stimulus dollars. The state's funding situation is so dire, that two senator's are now asking for a waiver. Lynn Hatter reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Part of the decline in public school funding is related to the decline in enrollment. But as Lynn Hatter reports, one age group of children is going up.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist taps Don Winstead, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Children and Families to oversee the implementation of the federal stimulus package. Trimmel Gomes reports

Tallahassee, FL – With the state's prison population over 100 thousand, Florida is looking for ways to cut that number down. And as Lynn Hatter reports, that could start with revising the zero tolerance policy in public schools.

Tallahassee, FL – State Representative Peter Nehr wants to make sure Progress Energy customers aren't stuck with the tab to build a new nuclear plant during these tough economic times. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Two legislators are proposing an overhaul to the state's abstinence only sex education requirements. Backing up the proposal is a new report by the Healthy Teens Campaign which says abstinence only education doesn't work. Lynn Hatter reports.

Tallahassee, FL – U.S. Senator Bill Nelson has filed legislation to provide a federal backstop for Florida's Hurricane Catastrophe Fund. Nelson's promoting yet another attempt at creating a federal fund to pool money to cover the costs of a major disaster. Trimmel Gomes reports.

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Tallahassee, FL – The case of a young Broward County man is headed for the Florida Legislature this session. As Tom Flanigan tells us, the matter could impact the relationship between local governments and the insurance companies that sell them liability coverage.

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Tallahassee, FL – The issue on how to balance the state's prepaid tuition program while the legislature considers a tuition increase has been temporarily solved by the Board of Governors. As Lynn Hatter reports, the BOG has brokered an agreement between it and the body which oversees the program to balance the tuition gap that could soon occur between the tuition plans and actual cost.

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Since the end of World War 11, Florida has relied on population growth to produce economic growth.

Tallahassee – When Florida Lawmakers gather in Tallahassee March 4th, the state of the economy is expected to dominate their Spring Legislative Session. James Call reports state leaders have been hearing a steady chorus of bad economic numbers and it appears the song will remain the same for some time to come.

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Tallahasee, FL – Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum heard a state of the Black male report Tuesday. As Lynn Hatter reports, the state council charged with creating the report has a new list of recommendations for addressing the plight of black men.

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small businesses want the state to put more money into training people to work.

Tallahassee, FL – Now that the state of Florida has some money to spend, thanks to a federal stimulus package, different interest groups are building their Legislative agenda for when Florida lawmakers gather in Tallahassee next week. James Call reports the manufacturing association of Florida is looking for more money for job training.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist's budget, released Friday, counts heavily on federal stimulus dollars to offset state revenue losses. But Tom Flanigan reports some Florida lawmakers are skeptical.

Tallahassee, FL – Gov. Charlie Crist is defending his proposal to reduce emissions from new vehicles sold in Florida in the face of legislative criticism. Trimmel Gomes reports.

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Tallahassee, FL – The Senate Pre-K to 12 Education Committee has began meeting in advance of the upcoming legislative session. But as Lynn Hatter reports, with further budget cuts sure to come, legislators are having a hard time cutting a budget that doesn't have much left in it to cut.

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.

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