Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Court: House actions illegal, but lawsuit filed too late
The Florida Supreme Court says it won’t force state House members to return to the capitol for the end of this year’s session. The high court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by state Senate Democrats. Justices unanimously ruled that there would be no “beneficial result” by ordering House members back. The session is scheduled to end Friday at midnight. But five of the seven justices agreed that the House violated the constitution by adjourning three and a half days early.
Former deputy arrested on child porn charges
A former Orange County Sheriff’s deputy now faces child pornography charges. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 34-year-old Ronald Barba of Mount Dora on Thursday. He is charged with three counts of sexual performance by a child, which is a third-degree felony. The agency says Barba was booked into the Lake County Jail. It was not known whether he’s retained an attorney. The case will be prosecuted by the 5th Judicial District’s State Attorney’s Office.
Jeb Bush on Baltimore police charges: ‘The process works’
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he trusts the legal process that resulted in charges against six Baltimore officers in the death of a man from injuries sustained while in police custody. The likely presidential candidate was asked on Friday how a president can address rising anger toward police. He told reporters a president can lead a conversation on how to fight the pockets of poverty that can result in dissatisfaction and anger. Commenting on the Baltimore case, Bush said: “The process works” and “people are innocent until proven guilty.”
Winston signs 4-year contract with Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Jameis Winston to a four-year contract less than 24 hours after selecting the quarterback with the first pick of the NFL draft. Terms details of the deal, announced during Winston’s introductory news conference on Friday, were not released. The contract includes an option for a fifth year. Winston said he was “glad we have the contract stuff out of the way,” adding he can’t wait to get a copy of the team’s playbook and start working.
2-headed calf born on farm in northern Florida
A two-headed calf was recently born on a farm in northern Florida. Multiple news sources report the calf was born Sunday in Baker County. Dwight Crews, the owner of the farm says he hadn’t seen one born in his more than 60 years of raising cattle. Crews says the female calf has trouble standing up, but has been feeding from a bottle. While one mouth suckles, the other mouth moves. Ripley’s Believe It or Not has been in contact with Crews and says the longest a two-headed calf has survived is 40 days.