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Crist now embracing gambling's promise of $1 billion

What does he know that we don't know? Gov. Charlie Crist said that after speaking with House Speaker Larry Cretul and Senate President Jeff Atwater today he's ready to count on as much as $1 billion in expanded gambling.

"I am more optimistic about getting a budget today,'' he said. "I had good conversations with the speaker and the president today. I am more encouraged we might get gaming and some significant additional revenue out of the [Sen. Dennis] Jones bill, maybe as much as $700 to $1 billion. There are glimmers of hope.''

-- Lucy Morgan