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THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE IS TAKING A WEEK OFF
State legislators are taking off the seventh week of the 2014 session because it conflicts with Passover and Easter. The session lasts 60 days and is scheduled to end in early May. Legislators have already passed major bills dealing with sex offenders and a rollback in auto registration fees. However, the Legislature must still pass a state budget in order to adjourn on time.
JUDGE SETS BAIL FOR SUSPECT IN FATAL DAYCARE CRASH
Bail for Robert Corchado was set for $100,000 following a hearing to determine whether he is a flight risk. Corchado is accused of driving an SUV that crashed into a convertible, sending the car spinning into the Winter Park daycare center. The crash killed a 4-year-old girl.
WILDLIFE OFFICIALS KILL 5 BEARS FOLLOWING ATTACK ON CENTRAL FLORIDA WOMAN
Florida wildlife officials have killed 5 bears following a weekend attack on Terri Frana outside her Lake Mary home on Saturday night. She was treated at a hospital and released. Officials say the bears were not fearful of humans so they had to be “removed.” Wildlife officials say bears are leaving their winter dens and looking for food.
MIAMI-DADE POLICE LIEUTENANT GETS BAIL IN COCAINE CASE
A South Florida police lieutenant charged in a New Jersey cocaine conspiracy will be released on $500,000 bail before his trial. Miami-Dade police Lt. Ralph Mata’s attorney said Monday an agreement on bail was reached with federal prosecutors. Attorney Bruce Fleisher said Mata would likely be released Tuesday.
FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC SELECTS FIRST PRESIDENT
A North Carolina State administrator is set to become Florida Polytechnic University’s first president. The school announced Monday that its presidential search committee has selected Randy K. Avent, who currently serves as associate vice chancellor of research development at North Carolina State. He is also a professor of computer science and the founding director of the university’s Data Science Institute.
The Associated Press