l DEMOCRATS ASK FLORIDA GOVERNOR TO BLOCK VOTER PURGE
Two Democratic members of Congress are asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call off plans to restart a voter purge. U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch and Alcee Hastings on Thursday wrote the Republican governor. They said that last year's effort to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the state's voter rolls was flawed.
l FLORIDA RELEASING GRADES AFTER LIMITING F SCHOOLS
Florida is releasing A to F grades for many of the state's public schools. But the grades being released Friday underwent a last-minute change that will limit the number of schools that get F grades.
l BABY FLAMINGO STARTING TO GET FAMILIAR PINK COLOR
The flamingo born at Jungle Island two months ago is starting to develop that signature pink color the birds are known for. Bella, born in late May, weighs almost four pounds. Park officials say Bella is eating a diet specifically formulated for flamingos to maintain good health.
l WOMAN CRUSHED BY HOMEMADE ELEVATOR
A Tampa Bay area woman was crushed to death by a friend's homemade elevator. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office reports that 66-year-old Margaret Elizabeth Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday.
l TURTLE MAKES TREK FROM FLORIDA KEYS TO LAS VEGAS
A 320-pound green sea turtle has arrived in Las Vegas, following a 2,400-mile trip from the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital. OD began the trip early Thursday with a three-hour ride in the hospital's ambulance to a FedEx plane in Fort Lauderdale. The A300 flew OD in a special crate to Memphis and another FedEx aircraft completed the air transfer to Vegas.