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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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Animal Rescue Act

Updated: 11/04/2011 - Hundreds-of-thousands of stray dogs and cats are picked up every year by animal control officers in Florida. Many are adopted, but many more are euthanized. That's something some lawmakers say can be avoided, but their plan to prevent animal deaths doesn't sit well with everyone.

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Fla. Lawmakers File 'Caylee's Law'

Updated: 11/03/2011 - The Casey Anthony trial wrapped up nearly four months ago, but Florida lawmakers are just getting started. Tuesday, a key Senate committee revealed legislation to stiffen the penalty for lying to law enforcement about a missing child.

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Inter-Party Fighting Predicted for 2012 Fla. Legislative Session

Updated: 11/02/2011 - Florida state lawmakers are holding their annual legislative session two months early next year. It's supposed to give them time to redraw the state's districts before campaign season begins, but that isn't the only high-profile issue on the agenda.

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AG Strange Questions Justice Dept.'s Authority

Posted: 11/02/2011 - Alabama's attorney general is questioning the U.S. Justice Department's legal authority to get enrollment information about all students in 39 Alabama school districts.

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Bachmann Exaggerates Directive in Her Criticism

Posted: 10/28/2011 - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says the Obama administration is striking all references to Islam from Justice Department training manuals, an exaggeration of a directive from federal officials to evaluate procedures for religious and cultural sensitivity.

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Aide to Fla. Lieutenant Governor Arrested

Updated: 10/25/2011 - Carletha Cole was a top-level aide to Florida Lietenant Governor Jennifer Carrol. She was fired for speaking out against her boss, and now she's been arrested on accusations of secretly recording conversations among her former colleagues.

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President Obama Unveils New Housing Plan

Posted: 10/24/2011 - President Obama visited Las Vegas Monday to unveil a new plan to help struggling homeowners. It will make it easier for some Americans to refinance their homes.

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