Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Budget impasse, other issues remain on lawmakers’ plates
With a week left in its planned 60-day session, a Republican civil war over health care has stalled the FloridaLegislature on its single most important job, completing a balanced state budget. The budget, tax cuts and education spending are mired in a standoff between the House and Gov. Rick Scott on one side, and the Senate on the other. Legislators are heading for an extended or special session, but with no clear way out of the mess.
Toddler dies after shooting in Fort Pierce
A 2-year-old girl shot in her home has died. The Palm Beach Post reports Ma’Keila Burkes died Sunday night. Police say Burkes was shot last Monday night in a residence. She was hit at least once. Authorities say it isn’t clear whether she was inside or outside of the home when the shots were fired, or who the intended target was. Treasure Coast CrimeStoppers and the police raised the reward for information surrounding the crime to $5,000.
Escaped inmate captured in Florida City
An inmate who escaped from a Florida Keys jail is back in custody. Authorities say 37-year-old Sean M. Stacey was captured Sunday in Florida City after police received a tip from employees at a local business. Stacey escaped while serving as a trustee from the Plantation Key jail on Friday. Police say the employees recognized the escaped inmate from a picture that authorities showed them earlier. Stacey was spotted a short time later and was taken into custody. He will be returned to Monroe County where he now faces escape charges.
No bail for 3 teens facing murder charges
Three men accused of robbing and beating an 18-year-old Florida man to death will remain behind bars. The Palm Beach reports 19-year-old Austin Taggart, 18-year-old Jesse Harris and 19-year-old David Harris were arrested Saturday on murder charges. The three men are accused of robbing and killing 18-year-old Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos last week in Jupiter. Officials say the cause of death was blunt force trauma. Taggart and Jesse Harris faced a judge Sunday and were charged with homicide and robbery. David Harris refused to leave his cell to hear charges against him.
Daytona attempting costumed dog record for Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is going to the dogs in Daytona Beach. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that officials are trying to set a new Guinness Book World Record on Saturday for the largest gathering of single breed dogs in costume in a new event called “Chihuahua De Mayo.”