Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Legislators return with plan to end budget stalemate
Florida legislators are starting a 20-day special session where they are expected to pass a new state budget. State government would be forced to shut down if a budget isn’t passed by June 30. The special session started on Monday. Legislative leaders promise that they will get their work done in time, but there are still deep divisions. Republican leaders in the House and Senate have been at odds over health care and health care spending. But they could also be divided over tax cuts over the next three weeks.
6-month Atlantic hurricane season officially starts
Federal forecasters and emergency managers are warning residents from Texas to Maine to be prepared for tropical weather. Monday is the official start to the six-month Atlantic hurricane season. It’s expected to be slower than an average season, with six to 11 named storms.
High court: Bankrupt homeowners can’t void second mortgage
A unanimous Supreme Court says homeowners who declare bankruptcy can’t void a second mortgage even if the home isn’t worth what they owe on the first mortgage. The justices on Monday ruled in favor of Bank of America in two Florida cases where bankrupt homeowners wanted to “strip off” a second loan because they were underwater on the primary mortgage. Lower courts allowed both homeowners to nullify the second loans and the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed both cases.
Thieves rob Fort Lauderdale mall jewelry store, flee police
The FBI is investigating a jewelry store robbery that left some shoppers at Fort Lauderdale’s Galleria Mall scurrying for safety after they mistook the sounds of breaking glass for gunshots. The incident unfolded around 3 p.m. Sunday and the five suspects fed with an undisclosed amount of watches and jewelry before leading police on a chase to Miami-Dade County. Authorities arrested 37-year-old Malcolm Anwar Williams and 34-year-old Zavier McGee. Both face federal charges and are expected to have their first appearances in court on Monday. It’s not known whether they’ve hired attorneys.
Police: Miami mom stabs teenage daughter during fight
A mother is accused of stabbing her 18-year-old daughter in the stomach and shoulder during an argument in their Miami home. The argument occurred Sunday afternoon. Police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat says Sheila Barbara Sanchez Rodriguez was listed in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital on Monday. Her 47-year-old mother Odalys Rodriguez was arrested on aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest charges. Officials say the teen is expected to recover.