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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Editors:

Among the stories for Wednesday from the Florida AP:

TALLAHASSEE — 1st District Court of Appeal will hear argument about validity of Florida's congressional redistricting. Every 10 years, lawmakers redraw legislative and congressional districts based on new population figures. But two years ago voters approved the "Fair Districts" constitutional amendments, which state that legislators can't draw districts intended to protect incumbents or members of a certain political party

CAPE CANAVERAL — A privately owned cargo ship left the International Space Station with a full science load Tuesday and aimed for a splashdown in the Pacific. Astronauts released the unmanned SpaceX capsule, named Dragon, from the end of the space station's giant robot arm. The parting occurred 250 miles over the South Pacific and was a poignant moment for the three space station residents, who had helped to snare the Dragon three weeks earlier.

Also:

BI-LO LAYOFFS — Bi-Lo is laying off more than 100 workers at its former corporate headquarters in Mauldin. Spokesman Brian Wright said Monday 130 employees were being laid off starting next month because of the company's merger with Winn-Dixie. Bi-Lo LLC bought the Jacksonville, Fla.-based grocery store chain in 2011 for $560 million. The newly merged company will be based in Florida.

METAL THROUGH WINDSHIELD — A man was injured when a metal cap from a passing truck broke through the windshield of his vehicle and struck the side of his head.

BARN FIRE — An incident report notes that a fire that killed nine horses started in a tack room filled with appliances.

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY TRAIN — Daytona Beach police say a man was struck and killed by a southbound Florida East Coast Railway cargo train.

CHILDREN-SQUALID CONDITIONS — Deputies have arrested the parents of three children who were found living in squalid conditions near Ocala.

EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS — State health officials are warning people to be vigilant about mosquito bites after discovering an extremely rare human case of Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, a mosquito-borne illness that causes inflammation of the brain.

XGR-NEEDLE EXCHANGE — Florida lawmakers have introduced legislation that would legalize syringe and needle exchanges in the state.

SEA TURTLE NESTING — As sea turtles nest on Florida beaches, experts say they are facing some challenges from the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Debby.

Contacts:

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

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

— Tampa, Tamara Lush, 727-823-4721 (office), 727-821-2931(fax).

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

— West Palm Beach, Kelli Kennedy, 561-832-3466 (office).

The AP, Miami

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