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STATE SUPREME COURT TAKES UP CHALLENGE TO NEW DISTRICTS
The fate of Florida’s 27 members of Congress is now up to the state’s highest court. The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday held an hour-long hearing on a long-running legal challenge to the state’s congressional districts. A coalition of groups contends that the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature ignored voter-approved standards for drawing the boundaries for the state’s 27 congressional seats. They want the entire map redrawn. A circuit court judge ruled last summer there was enough evidence to show that GOP consultants helped make a “mockery” of the process and ruled that two districts were invalid. Legislators in August then drew new maps.
BOMB SQUAD RESPONDS TO PRESSURE COOKER NEAR MIAMI JEWISH SCHOOL
A police bomb squad has responded after a pressure cooker was found on a sidewalk near a Jewish elementary school in Miami Beach. The Yeshiva Elementary School was put on lockdown and nearby streets closed Wednesday morning after the cooker was spotted. Police spokeswoman Det. Vivian Thayer says the bomb squad detonated the cooker and later determined it was empty. The all clear signal was given about 11:15 a.m. Thayer says it’s unknown if the incident has any connection to the start Wednesday of the Boston Marathon bombing trial.
FLORIDA DROPS APPEALS IN WELFARE DRUG TESTING CASE
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has dropped further appeals aimed at reviving a law that would require welfare benefits applicants to submit to mandatory drug testing. Scott’s administration did not seek U.S. Supreme Court review by a Tuesday deadline. American Civil Liberties Union of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon says it means lower court rulings that the law is unconstitutional will stand. U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven originally declared the 2011 law an unconstitutional search and seizure, a ruling upheld by a federal appeals court in December.
MIAMI-DADE COMMISSION OFFERING BECKHAM SOCCER STADIUM SITE
The Miami-Dade County Commission has agreed to offer soccer star David Beckham a site near Marlins Park for a Major League Soccer stadium. Commissioners agreed Tuesday on a resolution calling for Mayor Carlos Gimenez or his designee to negotiate or finalize a deal with Beckham. Beckham’s efforts to get Miami waterfront property for the stadium failed last summer. The latest offer is a county-owned parcel on the west side of Marlins Park that has been generally earmarked for soccer fields.
DEPUTY SHOOTS MAN IN FACE WHILE SERVING WARRANT
Officials in Volusia County say a sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man in the face while serving a warrant. The shooting happened Wednesday morning in Deltona. The sheriff’s office reports that deputies were serving the warrant when 26-year-old Derek Cruice resisted a deputy. The deputy fired one shot, hitting Cruice in the face. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died. Sheriff Ben Johnson says Cruice was listed in the search warrant as the subject of an ongoing narcotics investigation.