NEW DEAL: FLORIDA AND SEMINOLES SETTLE BLACKJACK DISPUTE
The two sides agreed Wednesday to end an ongoing lawsuit over whether the tribe can keep blackjack tables at its well-known casinos in the state. The settlement will allow the tribe to keep blackjack but will also guarantee that the state will continue to receive payments. Last year, a federal judge ruled that regulators working under Gov. Rick Scott allowed dog and horse tracks to put in card games that mimicked ones that were supposed to be exclusive to tribe-owned casinos for a five-year period.
FLORIDA MAY DROP TIES TO BUSINESSES LINKED TO VENEZUELA
Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced that he will ask the trustees of Florida’s pension plan to go along with a proposal that targets businesses helping the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. The proposal could force the state to stop doing business with Goldman Sachs. The bank earlier this year bought $2.8 billion in bonds from the state-run oil company at a steeply discounted price.
SUIT SLAMS TRUMP-INFLUENCED IMMIGRANT DETENTIONS IN FLORIDA
ACLU and other attorneys filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of a Honduran-born U.S. citizen who was held in jail without charges because an immigration officer had requested deportation proceedings. Garland Creedle was arrested March 12 in a case of alleged domestic violence and was due to be released March 13 on bail.
FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARD WILL CHALLENGE NEW CHARTER SCHOOL LAW
The Broward County School Board voted to sue over the sweeping legislation pushed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran. An attorney working for the district said that other school boards may join the lawsuit. The newspaper reported Broward officials agreed to spend $25,000 to work on a lawsuit that contends the new law is unconstitutional.
CLIMATE LAB EXPLOSION REPORTED AT FLORIDA AIR FORCE BASE
Eglin officials said on their Twitter account that the explosion happened Wednesday morning at the McKinley Climatic Lab near where methyl chloride was present. Officials said smoke produced by the explosion didn’t contain the gas, which was once widely used as a refrigerant and can cause severe neurological problems in humans.