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Tallahassee, FL – Florida lawmakers passed a proposed constitutional amendment that doubles the
homestead exemption and allows residents to take an assessment cap with them when they moved. That's called portability. And local government groups say it complicates efforts to measure the proposal's impact on city, county and schools. Among the groups withholding judgement at this time is the Florida Association of Counties. Cragin Marsteller is the FAC's spokesperson.

Tallahassee, FL – According to the institute, the Baby Boom generation will restart Florida's struggling housing market. But that won't happen for at least five years. In the meantime, Florida needs to be prepared to deal with more budget problems. David Denslow is an economics professor at the University of Florida- Gainesville. He co-authored the book version of the 2005 report, Tough Choices .

Tallahassee, FL – When Lynnette Granville, tour manager for BET, and her team arrived on campus they thought that the excitement from students was for them. They didn't realize it is FAMU's homecoming week.

FAMU's student body is massive. There are several different events going on simultaenously and each one is packed .


They found out rather quickly and got to work setting up the tents and stage and getting ready for the Orange and Green Edition of the Black College Tour- a yearly event that features different historically black colleges around the country.

Tallahassee, FL – FEA president Andy Ford says the proposal could cost schools as much as three billion dollars over five years. And he says he believes the governor is sincere when he says he wants to hold education harmless. But Ford says public schools cannot afford to lose billions of dollars.

Tallahassee, FL – Jessica Kinsey is an 18-year- old pre med major with orange and green roots. She's a third generation Rattler and her pride runs deep- it was inherited from her family. So deep in fact, that the connection is physical. Twenty years ago her mother was a student, and stayed in Diamond Hall. Now, Jessica calls the same dorm home.

Me and my brother used to dress alike in our orange and green and we used to have our little pompoms. I remember looking at the cheerleaders.

Tallahassee, FL – The agency serves about 25,000 people through a Medicaid waiver, with another 15,000 on a waiting list. But now, with a $100-million deficit, APD spokesperson Melanie Etters says that some people will soon lose some services through a legislative effort to reduce the deficit.

The five services that will be eliminated on December 1 are Chore, non-residential support services, home-maker services, massage therapy and IQ testing.

Tallahassee, FL – Crist launched a four-city tour less than 24 hours after the Legislature placed the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. He has 90 days to convince voters to go along with the legislature's plan to double the homestead exemption and add portability to the save our homes tax cap. Crist has pushed tax reform as a way to revive Florida's sluggish economy. And he says he expects immediate benefits from the plan because he says, it offers hope to Florida property owners.

Tallahassee, FL – This week is Commuter Choices week and people are encouraged to use some alternative means of transportation. That includes carpooling, biking, walking or taking advantage of the city's buses.

This Friday all service for Star Metro throughout the communityis free. It's our way of letting folks know it's Commuter Choices Week.

That is Ron Garrison, director of Star Metro. Commuter Choices week is part of an ongoing effort of the city to encourage people to be more environmentally responsible. In South Wood, one man is already doing his part.

Tallahassee, FL – House Speaker Marco Rubio articulated what almost every other lawmaker said between
the lines.

Every option before us has consequences that are less than ideal. That's where we are.

Tallahassee, FL – Senator Clinton's lead in the Democratic race has slipped eight points in the past month,
according to a survey by Quinnipiac University. And her lead over former New York
Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a hypothetical matchup has disappeared. But Pollster Peter
Brown says Giuliani's 3 point lead is within the poll's margin of error.

Tallahassee, FL – Senators say the House reneged on a pre-session agreement when it passed a
bill giving businesses, landlords and snowbirds a cap similar to Save Our Homes. Senators refused to debate the proposal and went home. Now, Senate President Ken Pruitt says they won't come back until Monday, the
last day of the session. Speaker Marco Rubio responding to Pruitt's announcement, praised House members for their work. And House minority leader Dan Gelber says the added pressure of Monday's deadline could
break the stalemate at the Capitol.

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 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.

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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