Dateline Florida


Published: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 1:17 a.m.

WEST PALM BEACH: Court issues canker ruling

The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that a law letting the state take any citrus tree found near a canker infestation is constitutional, but said crews must get warrants before searching private property for signs of the disease.

TALLAHASSEE: Bush says fiscal health good

With hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank and a 4.1 percent growth in tax revenues, Florida's fiscal health looks pretty good compared to lots of other states, Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday.

ORLANDO: Man says DNA proves innocence

Tommy Zeigler, on death row for the 1975 Christmas Eve massacre of his family and a customer, should be freed because new DNA tests prove his innocence, according to motions filed in Circuit Court.

MIAMI: Rilya's caregiver criticized by prosecutor

A caregiver of missing girl Rilya Wilson, was motivated by greed when she assumed a friend's identity to purchase an SUV, a prosecutor charged Wednesday in the fraud trial Geralyn Graham.

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