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Judge bars city of Aventura's use of cameras for red light violators

The state says Burmese pythons like this one can be hunted from March 8 to April 17 in the Everglades in South Florida.

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The state says Burmese pythons like this one can be hunted from March 8 to April 17 in the Everglades in South Florida.

MIAMI

CAMERAS RULED OUT FOR RED LIGHT OFFENSES

A judge has voided the city of Aventura's use of cameras to catch motorists who run red lights.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jerald Bagley's decision Monday could have an impact on similar lawsuits pending against Florida cities.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a motorist who argued that only the state Legislature can pass laws regarding traffic violations. Cities have gotten around the lack of state authorization by citing red light runners with code violations, rather than traffic tickets.

The cities are pushing legislators to authorize red light cameras around Florida.

Aventura officials are expected to appeal the ruling.

The judge agreed to stay his order to allow Aventura time to appeal.

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TALLAHASSEE

State to allow hunt to curtail pythons

State wildlife officials have created a special python hunting season to try to stop the spread of the nonnative snakes throughout the Everglades.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says anyone with a hunting license who pays a $26 permit fee can kill the reptiles from March 8 to April 17 on state-managed lands around the Everglades in South Florida.

The season is open for Burmese and Indian pythons, African rock pythons, green anacondas and Nile monitor lizards.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE

Lightning strikes trainees, sergeant

Three Air Force trainees and their sergeant were hit by lightning during a training exercise on a Panhandle Air Force base.

The three students were taken by ambulance to nearby Fort Walton Beach Medical Center early Monday, where they were treated and released. The Air Force says the sergeant will remain hospitalized overnight for observation.

In 2006, six Army Rangers were struck by lightning at Camp Rudder on the Eglin Reservation.

Judge bars city of Aventura's use of cameras for red light violators 02/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, February 22, 2010 10:23pm]

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