Five Things to Know in Florida for March 15

FLORIDA DAD GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR KILLING INFANT SON

Gene Anthony Quinones-Rivera pleaded no contest to the 2015 death on Monday. A judge in Panama City gave him the maximum sentence for second-degree murder. The investigation began in December when Quinones-Rivera went to police and confessed that he’d caused the death of his son.

NO CHARGES FOR WEST VIRGINIA WOMEN NEARLY HIT BY CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP IN FLORIDA

Skylar Penpasuglia and Allison Garrett were on the edge of the channel where they are allowed to be before falling off their personal watercraft and into harm’s way. A passenger on the Carnival Magic captured the rescue on video Saturday afternoon after harbor pilot Doug Brown spotted the women and Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy Taner Primmer pulled them to safety as the ship bore down on them.

TOP ASSISTANT TAKES OVER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR’S JOB IN FLORIDA

Stephen Muldrow was named the acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida on Tuesday, a day after Lee Bentley’s resignation. Bentley was among four dozen U.S. Attorneys around the nation who were asked to resign by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The prosecutors had been appointed during the previous administration of President Barack Obama.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR WANTS REPEAL BUT STAYS QUIET ON GOP HEALTH PLAN

Gov. Rick Scott previously urged President Donald Trump to move quickly on health care. He would only say Tuesday that he’s encouraged that there’s a real good conservation going on up in D.C. Scott also would not answer specific questions on the new study by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that estimates the GOP plan would increase the ranks of the uninsured by 14 million people next year alone, and 24 million over a decade.

CENTRAL FLORIDA MAN SUES MINING COMPANY OVER HEALTH OF HOMES

Lakeland homeowner John Jerue filed the lawsuit last week against Alabama-based Drummond Company on behalf of property owners of the Oakbridge and Grasslands developments. He is seeking unspecified damages for economic losses, cleanup of the properties and medical monitoring. Jerue says phosphate mining slag was used as fill on the land the homes were built on by Drummond.

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