US REP. CORRINE BROWN STEPS DOWN FROM COMMITTEE POSITION
Brown released a statement Friday afternoon saying that she was stepping down in accordance with House rules. Earlier Friday, Brown and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, pleaded not guilty in Jacksonville federal court after they were charged in a 24-count indictment. The charges revolve around a charity called One Door for Education Foundation Inc. that was billed as a way to educate poor students but that prosecutors say was in reality an $800,000 personal slush fund for Brown and her associates.
SINKHOLE PARTIALLY SWALLOWS SUV OUTSIDE FLORIDA MCDONALD’S
A woman and her 4-year-old grandson got a big scare when their SUV was partially swallowed by a 10-foot-by-10-foot sinkhole. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles tells local news outlets that the sinkhole started opening as Dolores Otero drove toward the drive-thru Thursday afternoon. She stopped but as the ground caved in, the car went nose-first into the water. One of the car’s back tires was left hanging in the air.
UP, UP AND AWAY: FLORIDA GOV. RICK SCOTT OFF TO ENGLAND FOR TRADE TRIP
Scott leaves Friday as part of a 44-member trade delegation that is heading to the Farnborough International Airshow. Scott will also be spending part of his time in London. This is Scott’s 12th trip abroad since he became governor in January 2011. Former Gov. Jeb Bush took 16 trade missions during his eight years in office.
ORLANDO POLICE: VAGUE THREAT MADE AGAINST OFFICERS
Spokeswoman Michelle Guido declined to offer any specifics on Friday’s threat, but said officers were made aware of it and were reminded “to be vigilant about their safety and the safety of everyone in our community.” She declined to say whether the agency was beefing up security or making any tactical changes in response to the threat.
FLORIDA’S ALGAE-FIGHTING PLAN CRITICIZED BY FEDS OVER BIRD
The South Florida Water District sent letters Friday to Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, informing them about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s request that it lower water in the Kissimmee River Valley to protect the snail kite nests. The district recently raised the water level by 1.4 feet to slow the amount flowing into the lake.