- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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RESEARCHER, SEN. NELSON, MEET ON REFORM SCHOOL

A researcher from the University of South Florida says a team of forensic experts are using DNA, skeletal analysis and digital x-rays to identify the remains from a former Panhandle reform school. Erin Kimmerle said Tuesday during a meeting with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson that it will take months to extract and analyze the DNA from the 55 people exhumed from the graves at Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

STORM SURGE RISKS GET THEIR OWN GRAPHICS, WARNINGS

The National Hurricane Center hopes new color-coded maps they’re trying out this year will simplify two important points about storm surge for coastal residents: how far from the beach the water will spread and how high that water will rise. Storm surge is the abnormal rise of sea water. It’s one of the deadliest and most damaging hazards during a hurricane, but it’s hard to predict and hard to explain.

ALEX SINK SAYS SHE WON’T RUN FOR CONGRESS

Alex Sink will not run for Congress again this year after narrowly losing a high stakes special House election to Republican David Jolly in March. The Democrat says she will find new ways to serve Florida.

FLORIDA LEGISLATORS PUSH FOR MILLIONS IN SPENDING

Florida legislators with extra money to spend this year are steering taxpayer money to everything from gun ranges to a military museum to a course designed to teach “sexual risk avoidance.” Public records obtained Tuesday from the Florida House show that legislators are pushing to get millions into the state’s roughly $75 billion budget. Hometown budget requests from state legislators used to be posted online. But legislative leaders discontinued this system during the state’s economic downturn.

GAINESVILLE MATH CLUB BRINGS TOP HONORS 10 YEARS IN A ROW

Buchholz High School’s math club swept the Florida Mu Alpha Theta competition over the weekend, bringing the title back to the Gainesville high school for the 10th straight year. That ties a record with Broward County’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, which took top honors 10 out of 11 years.