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Tallahassee, FL – The odds are good that the world will see a major biological attack in the next five years. That's the finding of a commission charged with assessing our nation's progress in preventing terrorism. The chairman is Bob Graham, former U.S. Senator and Governor of Florida. Gina Jordan has more.

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Tallahassee, FL – As Florida's economy suffers the number of people in the state's justice system rises. As Lynn Hatter reports, where to house the thousands of people incarcerated is becoming a problem.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon has rolled out a new website. As Trimmel Gomes reports, it will provide on-line access to many state services.

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Tallahasseee, FL – The State of Florida has a new technology chief. Tom Flanigan reports.

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Tallahassee, FL – Business and environmental leaders are lining up in support for a proposed biomass plant on Tallahassee's southside. A Georgia company wants to build a facility to heat wood chips to make electricity to sale to the city. James Call reports, homeowners say they fear the plant would bring noise and pollution to their neighborhood.

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Tallahassee, FL – A recent ruling by the first district court of appeals granted authority over creating charter schools back to local school boards. But as Lynn Hatter reports, the governing body created to oversee the process is considering an appeal.

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Tallahassee, FL – Officials with the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Club and state environmental groups today publicly stated support for a proposed biomass power plant on Tallahassee's southside. But James Call reports, they failed to change the mind of the plant's chief opponent.

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Tallahassee, FL – A Florida appellate court on Tuesday struck down a 2006 law that allowed a special state panel to approve charter schools, sidestepping local school boards. More from Tom Flanigan

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Tallahassee, FL – It's official. The U.S. is in a recession. Florida's State Board of Education met Tuesday, and received the grim financial news. As Lynn Hatter reports, the state's public schools are staring down the very real possibility of more budget cuts.

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Tallahassee, FL – Auto manufactures lost their fight in Tallahassee today in their attempt to keep a state commission from adopting tough emission standards for vehicles. Florida Public Radio's Trimmel Gomes reports

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Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist announced a freeze on home foreclosures Monday. But as Lynn Hatter reports, not every homeowner in distress will receive help.

Tallahassee, FL – One Florida cabinet member says she has no political aspirations beyond her present job. But another of her cabinet colleagues may be more willing to hit the campaign trail. Tom Flanigan has more.

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Tallahassee, FL – Financial help may be on the way for Floridians. As Lynn Hatter reports, the governor says the state may be in for a cash influx from the federal government.

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Tallahassee, FL – The number of Americans on food stamps is soon to exceed 30 million, nearing its all time high set since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Florida is also seeing a steady rise in the number of people collecting food stamps. Trimmel Gomes reports.

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Tallahassee, FL – Yesterday, Florida's homebuilders blasted lending institutions for misusing the 700-billion dollar federal bailout money, claiming banks are hoarding the money. Now bankers are calling for a time out from what they say are false accusations. Trimmel Gomes has more.

Tallahassee, FL – Last month, Council Executive Director Guy Thompson resigned under fire from some Leon County commissioners. The council answers directly to the commission. On Tuesday, the council will hold an organizational workshop. One idea, says Council Chair Russell Daws, is to have the council report to the county administrator

Tallahassee, FL – Unemployment in Florida is at a 15 year high. Lawmakers are facing a deficit in the current budget of more than 2-billion dollars. Individuals and families are hurting, too, based on the number of calls coming into United Way agencies. Gina Jordan tells us donations are down.

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Tallahassee, FL – Dealing with the gang problem in Florida is like peeling an onion. That analogy is from Attorney General Bill McCollum, who called a meeting of his Coordinating Council on Gang Reduction at the Capitol Thursday. Gina Jordan was there.

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Tallahasse, FL – The state of Georgia seems to be losing the fight in the tri-state water wars with Alabama and Florida. The U.S. Justice Department filed a brief opposing Georgia's request for a review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Trimmel Gomes has more.

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Tallahassee, FL – After much urging from scientists across the country Governor Charlie Crist is now asking for a complete ban on the commercial harvest on fresh-water turtles. Trimmel Gomes has more.

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Tallahassee, FL – The International trade of Florida's soft-shell turtles has become big business in the state but scientists from across the country are calling on Governor Charlie Crist to put an immediate ban to the commercial harvest of turtles. Trimmel Gomes has more

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Tallahassee, FL – American Lung Association of Florida chief Brenda Olsen has an offer that she hopes the Florida Legislature can't refuse. Tom Flanigan reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The first bill has been filed in advance of Florida's 2009 legislative session. As Tom Flanigan reports, it's a bill that lawmakers have seen before.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's Workers Compensation Law was amended five years ago to mandate that all injured workers' attorneys be paid on a schedule that capped their earnings, regardless of how many hours were spent litigating a case. Attorney fees for the defense were not affected. Gina Jordan tells us the Florida Supreme Court recently reinterpreted the law.

Tallahassee, FL – Sean Shaw may not have been successful in his primary bid to represent District Eight in the Florida House. But, Tom Flanigan reports, the son of the state's first African-American Supreme Court Chief Justice has landed another job.

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