Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Governor heads to Washington to negotiate for hospital funds
Gov. Rick Scott is heading to Washington to try to convince the Obama administration to release federal funds for hospitals that treat low-income and Medicaid patients. The Republican governor wants an extension on the more than $1 billion funds that expire next month. But the federal government wants states to expand Medicaid, arguing it’s more efficient to give people money to help buy health insurance than to pay hospitals for caring for the uninsured retroactively. Scott said he’ll meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell Wednesday to seek an answer so the gridlocked Florida Legislature can create a budget when they convene for a special session.
Ohio man on lam since 1959 caught by U.S. marshals in Florida
A convicted killer who walked away from an Ohio prison honor farm in 1959 has been caught in Florida by members of the U.S. Marshals Service. A statement from the service says 79-year-old Frank Freshwaters, of Akron, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957. He initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled the honor camp in northwest Ohio later that year. The statement says Freshwaters was arrested in West Virginia in 1975, but the governor refused to extradite him and he again went into hiding.
2 Florida prison guards arrested for beating inmate
Two Florida prison guards are under arrest in connection with the beating of an inmate that left him with a broken nose and several facial fractures. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Tuesday it arrested 37-year-old correctional Sgt. Michael Jernigan and 21-year-old Officer Donald Sims. Both guards were fired. Investigators say Jernigan and Sims beat 41-year-old Shurick Lewis on Feb. 11 at the Columbia Correction Institution in Lake City.
Court: warantless cellphone tracking not illegal search
Investigators do not need a search warrant to obtain cellphone tower location records in criminal prosecutions, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a closely-watched case involving the rules for changing technology. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning a three-judge panel of the same court, concluded that authorities properly got 67 days’ worth of records from MetroPCS for Miami robbery suspect Quartavious Davis using a court order with a lower burden of proof. In its 9-2 decision, the 11th Circuit decided Davis had no expectation of privacy regarding records establishing his location near certain cellphone towers. The records were key evidence used to convict Davis of a string of armed robberies, leading to a 162-year prison sentence.
Republican congressman DeSantis to run for Rubio senate seat
Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis will run for the Florida Senate now held by Marco Rubio. Two close advisers to DeSantis confirmed his plans on the condition of anonymity because the official announcement hasn’t been made yet. That will happen Wednesday. DeSantis was first elected in 2012 and is a favorite among conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation and Club for Growth. The 36-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach lawyer is a former Navy judge. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007.