- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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FORMER GOV. ASKEW MAKES FINAL VISIT TO CAPITOL

The viewing of the late Gov. Reubin Askew is underway at the state Capitol, where officials and residents are paying their respects. A hearse carrying Askew’s coffin pulled up to the old Capitol around 9:30 a.m. Eight members of an honor guard carried the casket draped in an American flag inside. Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials lined the sidewalks and followed inside to the second floor. The public was allowed in around 10:30 a.m.

STATE SENATE PASSES CUT IN MOTOR VEHICLE FEE

There may be some good news for Florida drivers. The state senate unanimously approved a bill that would lower auto tag and registration fees by about $25 a year for motorists. The fee cut won’t kick in until September and many motorists won’t see the break until 2015.

SENATE VOTES TO BAN E-CIGARETTE SALES TO MINORS

It would be illegal to give or sell electronic cigarettes to minors under a bill approved by the Florida Senate. The bill passed unanimously Tuesday with no debate. It adds electronic cigarettes to the law that bans the sale of tobacco products to minors. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale.

SISTERS HIT BY CAR WHILE WALKING TO SCHOOL

Two teenagers were hit by a car while crossing a street near their high school on Tuesday morning. Police in Tampa say one of the girls is in critical condition. The other is in stable condition.

BODY FOUND ON AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT

Police say a woman was found dead on a Puerto Rico to Miami flight on Tuesday morning. Airline officials called Miami-Dade Fire Rescue shortly after the plane landed at Miami International Airport around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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