5 Things to Know in Florida for April 21

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.

1-day waiting period bill for abortion goes to floor votes

The Florida Legislature is expected to vote on a bill requiring a one-day waiting period for abortions. The House is set to vote Tuesday. A similar bill is also expected to go to a floor vote in the Senate this week, after an amendment was added to the Senate version Monday creating an exception for cases of rape and incest. A Senate committee added the exception after debate, because the bill requires the woman seeking an abortion to provide a police report, restraining order or other documentary evidence of rape or incest.

Florida man killed after being hit by Amtrak train

Authorities say a man walking on a train track in central Florida was hit and killed by a passenger train. The Miami-bound Amtrak train was traveling at 50 miles per hour Monday when the conductor spotted the man walking ahead on the tracks. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports that the conductor blew the train’s horn and applied the brakes, but the train was unable to stop in time.

Dog parks in St. Pete now offer solar power charging areas

Four dog parks in St. Petersburg will offer people something more than a place to play fetch. The city has installed solar powered stations for cellphone and electronics charging. It’s a move by the city to become greener. Mayor Rick Kriseman says the city is still negotiating with Duke Energy to switch the city’s street lights to LED power, saving energy and money.

Central Florida man accused of beating, strangling dog

Police say a homeless man beat and strangled a dog on a South Daytona sidewalk. Dispatchers received dozens of calls from people reporting the Sunday afternoon beating. Police found the young dachshund dead on the sidewalk along with an ID belonging to 56-year-old Ray Comer. Comer was arrested a short time later and charged with felony animal cruelty. Witnesses told police the man shook, beat and strangled the dog named Baby Susie. According to a police affidavit, officers cited Comer earlier Sunday for an animal ordinance violation.

Driver traded lunch-meat-filled trailer for crack

An Arkansas driver has been sentenced for trading a tractor-trailer filled with lunch meat for crack cocaine. According to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, 45-year-old Larry Bowen was sentenced to one year of in-patient drug treatment and six years of probation. The Mabelvale man also was ordered to pay $18,500 in restitution. Bowen had been hired to deliver more than $50,000 worth of lunch meat in Alabama andFlorida. When the meat was not delivered, officers found Bowen and the truck at a Memphis service station. The trailer was in a nearby storage facility with about a third of the lunch meat missing.

 

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