- - Tuesday, September 4, 2012

MIAMI — A federal judge has ruled that Florida college students cannot be charged higher out-of-state tuition simply because their parents may be in the U.S. illegally.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of students who are U.S. citizens and Florida residents but whose parents cannot prove legal immigration status. U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore says charging them non-resident tuition violates the Constitution.

Children of illegal immigrants have won similar battles in New Jersey, California and Colorado.

Attorneys estimate thousands of Florida students could be affected.

Florida education officials say lawyers are reviewing the ruling and that no decision has been made on whether to appeal. There are 28 public two-year colleges and 11 four-year universities in Florida.

LOUISIANA

Officials: Hurricane damaged 13,000 homes

BATON ROUGE — A state emergency official says Hurricane Isaac damaged at least 13,000 homes in Louisiana.

The numbers released Tuesday are the first official damage estimates from the storm that struck a week ago.

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness spokeswoman Christina Stephens called the figures “very preliminary.”

Isaac came ashore in Louisiana near the mouth of the Mississippi River as a Category 1 storm, relatively weak compared to other named storms that remain fresh in residents’ memories.

But its damage, particularly flooding, was significant in Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist parishes. It inundated homes and left residents awaiting rescues from rooftops.

The floodwaters were receding and the widespread power outages have nearly all been repaired.

MASSACHUSETTS

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