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Fla. Redistricting Process Getting Heated

Updated: 11/21/2011 - The holidays are shaping up to be a busy time for Florida lawmakers. With the annual legislative session starting two months early, they're focusing on the task of redrawing the state's political maps, but the process is already behind schedule.

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Fla. Lawmakers Push to Release Some Elderly Inmates Early

Posted: 11/18/2011 - Florida's prison system is the 3rd largest in the country. It costs the state $2.5 billion a year. In an effort to cut costs, lawmakers are pushing new legislation that would give some elderly inmates a chance to be released before their sentence is up.

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Fla. Lawmakers Consider Bill to Let Some Inmates Out Early

Updated: 11/17/2011 - Right now there are more than 100,000 inmates in Florida's prisons. The most common offender is in for drug possession, and now some state lawmakers say they should have the opportunity to be set free ahead of schedule.

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Fla. Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Resort Casino Bill

Updated: 11/16/2011 - Florida lawmakers had a hearing Wednesday about a bill that would allow multi-billion dollar resort casinos in the state. Top-level gaming executives came all the way from Las Vegas and Asia for the hearing.

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Alabama Republicans Endorse Jobs Bills

Posted: 11/16/2011 - The Republican caucuses of the Alabama House and Senate have endorsed a package of jobs-related bills they intend to pass in the legislative session starting Feb. 7.

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Fla. Lawmakers File Heat Stroke Bill

Updated: 11/14/2011 - Youth sports can be competitive, demanding and in some cases deadly. Last year, 13 kids died from heat stroke nationwide, two in Florida. Now, some lawmakers are calling for new safeguards.

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Giffords Praises Husband as Brave in ABC Interview

Posted: 11/14/2011 - In her first extended interview, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is praising her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, calling him "brave, brave, brave" as she kisses his bald head.

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Fla. Wildlife Commission Unveils Bear Management Plan

Updated: 11/10/2011 - Florida's known the world over for its alligators, its majestic birds, even its fish, but black bears don't generally come to mind. That is, until you come face-to-face with one. With the growing population, it's happening a lot more often, and not just in remote areas. Now state wildlife officials are unveiling a new plan to keep bears well away from Florida's major cities.

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Newt Has New Life

Posted: 11/10/2011 - Newt Gingrich is picking up steam for presidential nomination.

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Fla. to Ban Sale of Lighters to Minors?

Updated: 11/09/2011 - The number of Florida high school students who admit to trying cigarettes has grown by more than 10 percent over the past eight years. Now state lawmakers are taking aim at lighters.

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Life at Conception Initiative Defeated in Mississippi

Posted: 11/08/2011 - Mississippi voters Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative that would've declared life begins at conception, a proposal that supporters sought in the Bible Belt state as a way to prompt a legal challenge to abortion rights nationwide.

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"Healthy Foods Retail Act" Filed in Tallahassee

Posted: 11/08/2011 - Some state lawmakers say that's a problem and have filed legislation to get more fruits and vegetables to those who need them most. It's called the "Healthy Foods Retail Act", and if it passes stores in low-income and high-poverty areas could be eligible to take advantage of a new kind of loan.

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Romney: Cain Allegations 'Particularly Disturbing'

Posted: 11/08/2011 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney says allegations that rival Herman Cain groped a former employee are "particularly disturbing" and must be addressed.

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