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Tallahassee, FL – The State Board of Education met Friday to debate a plan that will turn some of the state's community colleges into Baccalaureate degree producers. As Lynn Hatter reports, nothing was decided, but the board did outline a plan for starting the process.

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Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist today/Thursday continued the campaign for an Everglades restoration plan approved earlier this week by the South Florida Water Management District. James Call reports leading lawmakers are concerned about entering into a deal amidst a budget crisis that has the state cutting services to citizens.

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Tallahassee, FL – Anti-gambling forces say they'll fight any attempt by the Florida Legislature to further tap gaming as a state revenue source. Tom Flanigan has that story .

Tallahassee, FL – Family members of the late Governor Lawton Chiles were supposed to meet at the Capitol the Thursday before Christmas with House Speaker Ray Samsom and Representative Bill Galvano. They were hoping for an agreement that would keep the legislature from raiding any more of an endowment set up in Chiles' name. Gina Jordan tells us the meeting was canceled, and it may be too late now for negotiations.

Tallahassee, FL – Next to the state's department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida's largest licensing agency is the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Those it regulates have often criticized it for being a sluggish bureaucracy that hurts more than it helps. Now Tom Flanigan reports the department's new secretary is trying to change that.

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Tallahassee – Florida's chief financial officer is calling on state lawmakers to look at both the expense and income side of the ledger in their upcoming effort to balance the state's books. More from Tom Flanigan .

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Tallahassee – Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is setting up seven regional gang reduction initiatives all over the state. On Wednesday he began organizing one for the Capital City and surrounding Big Bend. Tom Flanigan has that story .

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Tallahassee, FL – A report by the state Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, called OPPAGA, says the School Voucher system results in savings for the state. That analysis is drawing sharp criticism from public school advocates, who say the report doesn't tell the full story. As Lynn Hatter reports, they are calling on the agency to re-think its report.

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Tallahassee, FL – The House k-12 Appropriations Committee heard a tentative proposal by the Department of Education for further cuts. The state has a 2-billion dollar budget gap and, ahead of a special session called for January, legislators are trying to scramble to fill it.

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Tallahassee – Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom says the Legislature has two tasks to
perform in the next two years. Balance the state budget and get the economy
growing. James Call reports, Sansom delivered those orders this morning
/Wednesday during a rare out of session meeting on the state's budget deficit.

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida State Representative Ray Sansom has come under fire for accepting a position at one of Florida's community colleges that he helped create. As some groups and organizations call for him to resign one position or the other, as Lynn Hatter reports, he does have an unlikely defender.

Tallahassee, FL – Ten Years after the death of Lawton Chiles, families and leading advocates says Governor Charlie Crist and legislature need to find new funding source for Florida's Children. Margie Menzel reports.

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Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist has sent his wish list for the state to get a piece of a tentative economic stimulus bill in Congress, but it so far looks like he's not going to get everything he asked for. Trimmel Gomes reports.

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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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