Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Florida Senate offers health care coverage compromise
Top Florida senators are offering up a revamped health care coverage plan in an effort to end a stalemate with Republican House leaders and Gov. Rick Scott. Senate President Andy Gardiner announced Tuesday that the Senate was changing its proposal to offer coverage to 800,000 Floridians. The House and Senate have been at odds over coverage and the dispute derailed the regular session. Legislators are scheduled to return to the Capitol next week to pass a new state budget.
School: No more vaginal procedures for ultrasound training
A Florida community college says it will no longer have ultrasound technician students practice an invasive vaginal procedure on each other after two of them filed a lawsuit. Valencia College’s president said in a statement Tuesday that students will use simulators when practicing transvaginal ultrasound scanning. President Sandy Shugart says an independent expert reviewed the program last summer after the students complained and concluded the procedure was done safely and professionally at the school.
Man dies in boating accident near Fort Lauderdale
Police say a 46-year-old South Florida man is dead following a weekend boating accident. Fort Lauderdale police Sgt. DeAnna Greenlaw says Anthony Brown of Coral Springs was attempting to secure his boat to a dock when he fell into the water on late Sunday. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Divers found his body in about 150-feet from where he was last seen. He was initially listed in critical condition when he was taken to Broward Health Medical Center.
Officials: Fake police officer targets Hispanic men
The Lakeland Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office say a man pretending to be a law enforcement officer is targeting Hispanic men in robberies in Polk and Hillsborough counties. A series of robberies in Haines City may be tied to incidents in Lakeland on Sunday and Seffner on Monday. Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter says authorities believe it’s the same person due to similar descriptions of the man and vehicle. Haines City police say the suspect is thought to be Hispanic. Authorities say the man is driving a blue four-door Chevrolet Envoy.
Twins charged with hurling bricks at each other
What are a few bricks between brothers? Well, they’re worth battery charges for twin 52-year-olds after officials say an argument ended with them hurling the projectiles at each other. Michael and James Remelius were arguing in the front yard of a home last week when Michael first threatened to throw a brick at his brother. According to a police report, Michael Remelius followed through, striking his brother in the leg and causing a small cut. James Remelius retaliated with a brick that bloodied and bruised his brother’s eye. Both were arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.