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Fla. Bill Would Ban Doctors From Asking About Guns

Posted: 02/22/2011 - A bill that would prohibit doctors from asking patients if they own guns or denying treatment if patients refuse to answer questions about gun ownership earned its first approval.

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[UPDATE] FSU Father Speaks Out Against Loosening Gun Laws

Updated: 03/09/2011 - Florida Police Chiefs issued a release stating their opposition to Snate Bill 234. FSU student Ashley Cowie was shot and killed more than a month ago. Her father Dr. Robert Cowie is sharing his daughters story to help prevent other families and students from becoming victims.

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Contentious Expedia Bill Passes Senate Panel

Posted: 02/22/2011 - With cases pending in courts around the state and federal officials also looking into the issue, a Senate proposal approved in its first committee stop Monday would insulate Orbitz, Expedia and other online booking companies from paying higher local option tourism taxes.

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TCC Opens New Veterans Center

Posted: 02/22/2011 - Tallahassee Community College anticipates a significant increase in the number of veterans on its campus in the coming years and has opened a new Veterans Center to help them transition to academic life and make sure they receive the benefits they are owed.

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New DOC Head Less Interested in Lock Up, Throw Away Key

Updated: 02/22/2011 - More drug treatment, juvenile intervention and giving judges more flexibility in sentencing are the ways to improve Florida’s correctional system, the state’s newest prisons chief said Monday, Feb. 21.

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AIF Joins Battle Over Who Pays Tobacco Settlement

Posted: 02/22/2011 - One of the state’s largest business lobbies is calling for lawmakers to add a Miami cigarette maker to Florida’s 1997 settlement with the tobacco industry.

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Flores: Ultrasound Bill to Return

Posted: 02/22/2011 - Sen. Anitere Flores said there will be a measure filed this year requiring more women to first see and hear about ultrasound images before having an abortion.

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Legislators to Vote on "Baggy Pants" Bill

Updated: 02/22/2011 - Belts and high-rise may be the new words in fashion...at least for those who want to stay on the right side of the law. That's because Florida Lawmaker's are set to vote on a baggy pants bill during the next legislative session.

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Scott Stands Firm Against Rail as Veto-Proof Goes Poof

Posted: 02/21/2011 - While backers rallied Monday in Tampa and officials in Washington continued working on plans that did not involve state approval, Gov. Rick Scott reiterated his objection to accepting federal money for high speed rail in central Florida, even if the state is not involved.

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Quincy Burglary Arrests

Updated: 02/22/2011 - Burglars have run rampant in Gadsden County, now investigators have netted several of the suspected thieves.

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Train Race Speeds Up

Posted: 02/21/2011 - Supporters of building a high speed rail from Tampa to Orlando have until Friday to convince the feds to fork over 2.4 billion federal dollars Governor Rick Scott turned down last week. As Whitney Ray tells us, the goal is to convince the governor to change his mind or get the feds to give the money to an outside government entity.

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Visit Florida Pushes for Repeat Visitors

Posted: 02/21/2011 - Pretty soon students will be out of school across the country, families will be taking trips, and Visit Florida hopes they make their way to the Sunshine State.

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[UPDATE] Putnam Plans to Expand Access to Nutritious Foods in Schools

Updated: 02/22/2011 - Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced today, Feb. 21 his plans to improve school health and nutrition and enable schools to access and serve high quality and nutritious foods, including locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

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