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Bush pushes Schiavo case

Gov. Jeb Bush has asked the 2nd District Court of Appeal to be allowed to question witnesses and collect evidence to defend his right to keep a brain-damaged woman alive.

Terri Schiavo, 40, who doctors say is in a persistent vegetative state, has been the subject of a long legal battle between her husband, Michael Schiavo, who has sought to withdraw her feeding tube, and her parents, who want to take care of her.

Michael Schiavo is challenging the constitutionality of a law that allowed Bush to order her feeding tube reinserted six days after it had been removed in October.

George Felos, attorney for Michael Schiavo, called the issues raised by the governor irrelevant or already decided.

Pinellas crash kills one

ST. PETERSBURG _ One person was killed when two vehicles collided late Wednesday on Gandy Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash occurred about 8:45 p.m. near Gandy and Fourth Street N, the FHP said. Investigators did not release details about the crash.

Seminar helps candidates

A seminar for potential candidates for political office will be held Saturday by Leadership Pinellas, a nonpartisan organization that helps prepare future leaders.

The program begins at 8 a.m. at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor. Among the featured speakers are University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus, political consultant Wayne Garcia and former state Sen. Jack Latvala. The cost is $85, and reservations can be made by calling (727)-585-8889.

_ Staff, wire reports

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