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Mistrial declared in Pinellas murder case after juror searches Internet

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    Court says state can't ban slot machines in counties that approve them

    From the Associated Press:

    Slot machines could be coming to several Florida dog and horse tracks if a far-reaching court ruling holds.

    A Florida appeals court Friday ordered state regulators to award a license for slot machines to a north Florida facility located west of the state Capitol.

    The First District Court of Appeal ruled by a 2-1 margin that the state improperly denied a slot machine license to a horse track located in Gretna in Gadsden County.

    The court said the license should have been granted because Gadsden voters approved a referendum authorizing slots.

    The ruling could have a wide impact because voters in several other counties including Lee, Brevard and Palm Beach have approved similar referendums.

    State regulators had turned down the slot machine request due to a legal opinion by Attorney General Pam Bondi....

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    Derby Lane as Rays new home?

    St. Petersburg-- Early in the long slog of another City Council workshop Thursday in the endless cul-de-sac of what has become the soap opera of the Tampa Bay Rays' destiny, council member Karl Nurse injected an intriguing nugget....

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    Still no decision on appeal of Florida tax credit scholarship ruling

    It's been nearly two weeks now since a Leon County judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Florida's tax credit scholarship program, saying the plaintiffs had no legal standing....

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