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Judge Belvin Perry signed an order Friday adding another $119,000 to the bill she must pay four law-enforcement agencies in central Florida. The new amount brings the total to more than $217,000. That’s still short of the $500,000 prosecutors were seeking.

The additional amount comes from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office providing the judge with more details about their costs.

Miss Anthony was acquitted in July on charges of murdering her daughter, Caylee. But the 25-year-old was convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to authorities. She told officers a baby sitter had kidnapped the child. Authorities later learned the baby sitter never existed.


Watershed divide now backed by 17 states

CHICAGO — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a coalition that favors physically separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds has grown to 17 states.

Mr. Schuette told the Associated Press that attorneys general from 11 states have joined the campaign, which he and counterparts from five other Great Lakes states began last month. They are pushing Congress and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to decide quickly on a plan for cutting the man-made connection between the drainage basins near Chicago.

Michigan contends that it’s the only way to protect the Great Lakes from an invasion by Asian carp. Business interests in Chicago say it would be disastrous for their economy.

Mr. Schuette said the campaign attracted endorsements from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.


Teacher-Facebook law repealed by lawmakers

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Friday to repeal part of a contentious new law that had prohibited teachers from chatting privately with students over Internet sites such as Facebook.

If the repeal is signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, Missouri’s law restricting online communications would instead be replaced with a new requirement for public school districts to develop their own policies on the use of electronic media between employees and students.

“It puts things back into the hands of the school districts,” said Todd Fuller, a spokesman for the Missouri State Teachers Association, which had challenged Missouri’s law in court.

A Cole County judge issued a preliminary injunction placing Missouri’s law on hold shortly before it was to take effect Aug. 28, declaring that “the breadth of the prohibition is staggering” and the law “would have a chilling effect” on free-speech rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

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