Fla. to spend money for interstate warning signs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida lawmakers want to spend $2 million to put up large signs that will warn motorists about dangerous driving conditions.

House and Senate budget negotiators meeting on Sunday night made the move in the wake of a horrific crash in January that left 11 people dead.

The accident happened on a stretch of Interstate 75 south of Gainesville that was covered with fog and smoke from a nearby fire.

Initially the plan was to spend money on signs in Alachua County but lawmakers say they want to add signs elsewhere in the state.

House and Senate budget negotiators also agreed to cut money for hospitals and nursing homes.

Legislators have until Tuesday to finish work on the budget in order to end the session on time.