Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:03
LAWMAKERS EXPECTED TO ATTEND YOUNG FUNERAL
Top military officials and about 100 members of Congress from both political parties are expected to join thousands of mourners headed to Pinellas County to pay their respects to Rep. Bill Young. Young died Friday at the age of 82. His funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks.
CLOSING ARGUMENT SET IN FLORIDA BUSINESSMAN'S SLAYING
Closing arguments are set for Thursday in the trial of a South Florida man accused of arranging the 2001 mob-style slaying of a prominent businessman. The defense rested Wednesday after defendant Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari testified in his own defense, denying any involvement in the shooting death of Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis.
USFWS LISTS 3 FLORIDA PLANTS AS ENDANGERED
Three plant species native to South Florida are now on the federal endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that the Cape Sable thoroughwort, Florida semaphore cactus, and Aboriginal prickly-apple are listed on the Endangered Species Act. The agency's final rule listing all three plants as endangered will appear in the federal register on Thursday.
SCOTT WANTS INJURY DECLARATION FOR OYSTER INDUSTRY
Gov. Rick Scott has requested an economic injury declaration for Franklin County as a result of impacts to the region's commercial oyster fishery. In Wednesday's letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Scott explains that the Florida Panhandle county is suffering a significant injury because of a failure of its commercial oyster fishery.
NO CHARGES AGAINST ZIMMERMAN IN DISPUTE WITH WIFE
A Lake Mary police spokesman says no criminal charges will be filed against George Zimmerman stemming from a dispute last month with his estranged wife. Officer Zach Hudson said Wednesday that investigators had decided the dispute didn't rise to criminal charges.