FLORIDA OFFICIAL, 42, GETS BELATED BAR MITZVAH IN JERUSALEM
On a recent trip to Israel with six other Republican lieutenant governors to discuss trade and national security issues, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera was offered a unique opportunity to participate in the Jewish coming of age ceremony usually held for 13-year-olds. The ceremony was conducted at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites.
REPORTS: PILOTS IN DEADLY OHIO CRASH HAD NO ALCOHOL, DRUGS
The reports were among more than 1,100 pages of documents shared by the National Transportation Safety Board. Those don’t include analysis or rulings about what happened or why, and the NTSB said it wasn’t commenting Wednesday. The small jet crashed into an apartment building near Akron Fulton International Airport on Nov. 10. Seven employees of a Boca Raton, Florida, real estate company died with the pilot and co-pilot.
FLORIDA INSURANCE HEAD DELAYS EXIT IN STALEMATE ON SUCCESSOR
Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty told Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet on Wednesday that he would stay on the job until 45 days after a new commissioner is picked. McCarty’s last day was supposed to be May 2, but Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater have been unable to agree on a successor.
JACKSONVILLE MAN FACES CHARGES CONNECTED TO MISSING, POSSIBLY DEAD PRIEST
Steve James Murray is charged with possession of firearm or ammunition by a person convicted of a violent felony and with receiving stolen goods. Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Eric Abdullah released the arrest warrant Wednesday. Police say Murray knew the Rev. Rene Wayne Robert of St. Augustine, Florida, and led authorities to the body in woods near Waynesboro, Georgia. Murray was arrested in South Carolina while driving the priest’s Toyota Corolla.
ZOOKEEPER SLAIN BY TIGER DIED OF NECK INJURY, EXAMINER SAYS
Palm Beach County Medical Examiner Michael Bell told local media outlets Wednesday about 37-year-old Stacey Konwiser’s fatal neck injury but wouldn’t say whether the veteran Palm Beach Zoo worker was bitten or clawed. Officials say Konwiser was killed Friday when a 13-year-old male tiger attacked her in an enclosure known as the night house, where tigers sleep and are fed.