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Among the stories for Saturday from the Florida AP:

GAINESVILLE — Five of Florida's seven living ex- governors — Charlie Crist, Bob Martinez, Buddy MacKay, Bob Graham and Reubin Askew — come together at the University of Florida to discuss Florida's future. Only Wayne Mixson, who served three days after Graham became a U.S. senator, and Jeb Bush will be absent.

SANFORD — Florida Sen. Bill Nelson kicks off his formal re-election campaign with an airport appearance with Jimmy Buffett.

MIAMI — Crews planned to resume their search Friday morning for the last person missing two days after a parking garage collapsed at Miami Dade College's west campus, killing three construction workers. The missing man's family huddled nearby Thursday waiting for word as workers searched through piles of twisted steel and concrete. A portion of the five-story garage fell to the ground around noon Wednesday. Recovery crews were preparing to resume the search Friday.

FORT LAUDERDALE — Jurors will be questioned about possible misconduct and racial animosity during deliberations in the case of Matthew Bent, accused as the ringleader in an attack on a middle school classmate in which the boy was doused with alcohol and set on fire. Bent was convicted of aggravated battery in the attack on Michael Brewer and faces up to 15 years in prison. If a judge finds juror misconduct, however, a new trial could be ordered.

MADISON — A judge hears pre-trial motions from nine defendants, including Madison County's suspended supervisor of elections and a school board member, charged in an alleged voting fraud scheme.

TALLAHASSEE — The politicization of this year's up-or-down vote by opponents of three Florida Supreme Court justices has rekindled memories of scandal and corruption that led to revamping the state's judicial system including doing away with partisan elections. Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince and many of their supporters say their defeat would mark a return to those dark days in the 1970s if the Florida Republican Party and other conservative groups succeed in persuading voters to oust them on Nov. 6, but a GOP leader said it's a matter of free speech.


MENINGITIS OUTBREAK-FLORIDA — The state Department of Health and an Ocala pain clinic differ on the state's decision to link a patient's death to a multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak.

CITRUS CROP — The state Department of Health and an Ocala pain clinic differ on the state's decision to link a patient's death to a multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak.

FRIEND ARRESTED-SHOOTING — Police have arrested a man who told them his friend had shot himself during a game of Russian Roulette.

WHOOPING CRANES — A group of young whooping cranes being led by small planes has started their long trek from Wisconsin to Florida.

INVESTOR FRAUD-SUMMIT — Attorney General Eric Holder is the featured speaker at a South Florida investor fraud summit aimed at helping people avoid getting snared in the schemes.

SCOTT-COLLEGE SALARIES — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking his chief inspector general to review the contracts of the 28 presidents who serve in the state college system.

SCOTT-TEACHERS — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is pledging $2 million for a professional grant program that will help train teachers.

MONKEY ATTACK — St. Petersburg residents who live near a wild monkey say the primate needs to go, now that it has bit a woman.


— Tallahassee, Brendan Farrington, 850-224-1211 (office), 850-224-2099 (fax)

— Pensacola, Melissa Nelson, 850-438-4951 (office), 850-438-0720 (fax).

— Tampa, Mitch Stacy, 727-823-4721 (office), 727-821-2931(fax).

— Orlando, Mike Schneider, 407-425-4547 (office), 407ok-648-8011 (fax).

— West Palm Beach, Matt Sedensky, 561-832-3466 (office).

The AP, Miami

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