Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Man guilty in 2002 Florida terror plot deported to Pakistan
A man who pleaded guilty in 2002 to a Florida terror plot involving plans to blow up electric power stations and a National Guard armory has been deported to Pakistan. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday that Imran Farooq Mandhai was flown to Karachi, Pakistan, after serving most of a 14-year prison sentence. Mandhai pleaded guilty in August 2002 in Fort Lauderdale federal court along with a second man to explosives conspiracy charges.
States watching Medicaid standoff between Florida, Obama
The Obama administration has rebuffed Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to extend special federal funds for hospitals that treat the uninsured. That puts more pressure on states that have refused to expand coverage for low-income people under the president’s health care law. The standoff has implications for eight other states, including Texas, which draw billions of dollars from the same pool of hospital funds. And like Florida, several are refusing to expand Medicaid coverage. Republican leaders in those states are adamant about not expecting any federal money tied to Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The federal government says it’s more efficient to give people insurance through Medicaid expansion than to pay hospitals for caring for the uninsured retroactively.
Rehabilitated manatee returns to wild
SeaWorld Orlando’s animal rescue team has returned a manatee and four green sea turtles to the wild after rehabilitating them. The manatee was returned to intercoastal waters near Titusville, and the sea turtles went back to beaches along Florida’s east coast on Wednesday. The manatee had a collapsed lung and was having trouble with buoyancy after it was hit by a watercraft in the Indian River near Titusville on Florida’s Space Coast.
Woman gets 50 years in prison for sex abuse of minors
A northeast Florida woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of minors from a school in Flagler County. A judge in St. Johns County imposed the sentence Wednesday on 51-year-old Rhonda Wilkerson, calling her actions “despicable.” Police arrested Wilkerson in February 2014 following claims by children at an area school that they had been sexually abused by her and a man, William Dillow.
Rescue crews search lake for homeless man
Rescue crews are searching for a homeless man witnesses say went swimming in a pond while intoxicated and never resurfaced. WTSP-TV reports the fire department received a call Wednesday night about a person who went for a swim in Ruby Lake in St. Petersburg and went under. Two witnesses said the man took off some of his clothes to go for a swim in the lake has not been seen since. One of the witnesses is a friend of the missing man and said he was intoxicated.