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Special session could start next week

Word is that legislative leaders and Gov. Charlie Crist are close to a deal on Tri-Rail, SunRail and high-speed rail, and could call a special session as early as next week.

Crist said he preferred the week of Dec. 7, but the Legislature might meet before then to avoid running into Hannukah.

Expect Sen. Paula Dockery of Lakeland -- who is trying to raise her statewide profile as she runs for governor -- to show her usual determination to kill Central Florida's SunRail, saying it's a bad deal for taxpayers.