AP-FL--Florida News Digest 130 pm, FL
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MIAMI — An Alaska man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the January 2017 Florida airport shooting that left five people dead and six wounded, a federal judge ordered Friday. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom accepted a plea deal in which Esteban Santiago, 28, agreed to admit to the shooting if prosecutors would not seek the death penalty. Santiago pleaded guilty in May to 11 charges of causing death and violence at an international airport. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 622 words with AP Photos.
WEIRD FLORIDA POLITICS
UNDATED — Florida’s penchant for the weird and strange - which often manifests itself in new ways of criminal behavior - is so prevalent it’s created a cottage industry of chroniclers and followers. But like a contagion that has escaped a hermetically-sealed lab, it appears to be spreading now to the state’s politicians. In the last two weeks, a legislative candidate staged an elaborate scam that involved a fake diploma, another candidate had to deny putting out an ad on tainted breast milk and then there’s the thing about, well, sphincter bleaching. UPCOMING: 600 words. By Gary Fineout.
CHILD KILLED-SENTENCE — A 29-year-old Florida man faces life in prison after jurors found him guilty of abusing and killing an 8-month-old child he was babysitting.
FLORIDA UNEMPLOYMENT — Florida’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in July. State officials announced Friday the unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent last month. That’s lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent.
IRMA-DAMAGED HOSPITAL — A hospital on Florida’s east coast is going to be demolished nearly a year after it was shuttered following Hurricane Irma.
GIRL SLAIN — A third suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of a 7-year-old Florida girl. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted Thursday night that 21-year-old Albion Maurice Price was arrested during a traffic stop. He’s charged with murder.
FATAL ROAD RAGE BEATING — Authorities say a man suspected of beating a 60-year-old man who subsequently died of a heart attack during an apparent road rage attack in northeastern Indiana has been arrested in Florida.
DOCTOR ARRESTED-AIRPORT — Police officers pepper-sprayed a Florida doctor who acted erratically when he arrived at Orlando International Airport for a flight.
RED LIGHT CAMERAS — Drivers won’t have to worry about being ticketed by red-light cameras in one Florida city. The Apopka City Council voted Wednesday to use an escape clause in its contract with camera vendor American Traffic Solutions.
HOWARD FRANKLAND BRIDGE — Florida is preparing to pay nearly a billion dollars to build a new bridge connecting Tampa and St. Petersburg.
ALLIGATOR VIOLATIONS — Two men have been cited for alleged alligator violations in Louisiana.
ARSON-BROTHER’S EMPLOYEE ACCUSED — Bill Waits, the owner of a Florida recreational vehicle dealership, was stunned when an arsonist torched eight of his RVs. He then got an even bigger shock when investigators told him their suspect is a serial arsonist employed by a rival dealership owned by his brother.
FRONTIER AIRLINES-OHIO — Frontier Airlines has announced that it is adding nonstop service from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio to West Palm Beach, Florida.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami practiced in its on-campus indoor facility for the first time Friday, and the Hurricanes hope the still-not-completes building is a gamechanger for them. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.
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