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FLORIDA LAWMAKERS TO TAKE UP $74 BILLION BUDGET
Florida legislators are taking their first votes this year on a new state budget. House and Senate committees are expected to vote Wednesday on rival $74 billion spending plans.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN FATAL SHOOTING
A Tampa Bay area man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 2011 death that resulted from a drunken brawl-turned-knife fight-turned-shooting. Jimmie Hickman entered his guilty plea Tuesday in Pinellas County. The 34-year-old agreed to serve eight years in prison.
MANATEE COUPLE WON'T BE CHARGED FOR MARIJUANA
Manatee County prosecutors have declined to press charges against a 64-year-old man who cultivated marijuana plants to treat his wife's illness. Robert Jordan's home was raided by law enforcement in February, after receiving a tip that there were two marijuana plants growing in their back yard. Jordan's wife, 62-year-old Cathy, has used marijuana for years to control the symptoms of Lou Gehrig's disease.
FLORIDA SENATE PANEL APPROVES ALTERNATIVE TO MEDICAID
A Florida Senate panel is backing a stripped-down health insurance plan for Florida's poor. The Senate Health Policy Committee approved a measure that attempts to cover Floridians who don't qualify for Medicaid.
FLORIDA SENATE PANEL OKS PARASAILING REGULATIONS
A bill to ensure more safety for thrill seekers who soar above Florida's coastlines while dangling from parachutes has cleared its initial hurdle, winning swift approval from a state Senate panel on Tuesday. The legislation would impose greater oversight on the state's approximately 100 commercial parasailing operators.