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SAVE OUR HOMES TAX BREAKS ARE UPHELD

TALLAHASSEE

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging property tax breaks in two state constitutional amendments.

In an opinion dated Monday, Circuit Judge Charles Francis rejected the suit filed by three recent home buyers who moved from out of state. They challenged the 1992 Save Our Homes Amendment, which caps yearly assessment increases at 3 percent for primary homes, and an amendment that voters adopted in January. The recent change lets homeowners take Save Our Homes benefits with them if they move. It also gives all primary homeowners a tax cut expected to average $240, and includes some breaks for businesses.

MIAMI

Amendment 2 foe sues issue's sponsor

A group opposing an amendment on Tuesday's ballot that would define marriage in the Florida Constitution as between one man and one woman is filing a lawsuit in Miami asking the court to make supporters disclose certain donors.

Florida Red & Blue already has asked the Florida Elections Commission to investigate Amendment 2 sponsor Florida4Marriage.org, its chairman and a group that donated large amounts to the campaign.

The lawsuit seeks the disclosure of donors and an injunction to stop the spending of what opponents say are illegally obtained funds for pro-amendment advertising.

WEST PALM BEACH

Man held after attack on defendant in court

A 25-year-old man is under arrest after rushing past courtroom security and attacking a 17-year-old accused of killing his brother.

Tavares Lewis landed a punch to Shane Rashard Brown's head before four Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies could restrain him Monday.

Brown had just been taken into the courtroom for a bond hearing on manslaughter and battery charges in the death of 38-year-old Kenneth Lewis on Saturday.

Tavares Lewis was arrested on charges of battery, resisting arrest and child abuse.

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