Five Things to Know in Florida for May 17

FLORIDA OFFICER CHARGED WITH SMUGGLING GUNS TO DR

Prosecutors filed a charging document in federal court Tuesday accusing Miami-Dade police Officer Michael Freshko with conspiracy to illegally export firearms. According to the document, Freshko used his position to bring weapons into Miami International Airport without going through screening. The guns were handed over to an associate who took them aboard commercial flights to the Dominican Republic.

SCHOOL GROUPS CALLING ON FLORIDA GOV. RICK SCOTT TO VETO EDUCATION BILL

The Florida School Boards Association on Tuesday sent a letter asking Scott to veto the legislation that passed earlier this month. The state’s school superintendents are also asking the Republican governor to reject the bill. The legislation (HB 7069) would steer more money to privately run charter schools, require recess in elementary schools and tinker with the state’s oft-criticized standardized testing system.

FLORIDA GOV. RICK SCOTT TAPS TOP AIDE TO BECOME NEW CHIEF OF STAFF

Scott on Tuesday announced Jackie Schutz Zeckman will replace Kim McDougal in July. McDougal had been on the job since March 2016. Zeckman has worked in Scott’s press office since 2011. She worked on his re-election campaign and then became the governor’s communications director in December 2014. Scott’s chief-of-staff position is one of the most powerful jobs in his administration.

POLICE: 18-YEAR-OLD STUDENT STABBED DURING FIGHT AT SCHOOL

Local news outlets are reporting the incident happened Tuesday morning outside North Park High School in Opa-locka, which is northwest of Miami. Police Chief James Dobson told reporters an 18-year-old student stabbed his classmate with a 4-inch knife just before 8:30 a.m. School security officers took the student into custody and held him for police.

WOMAN DIES IN AIRBOAT CRASH DAY AFTER GRADUATING COLLEGE

News outlets report that Elizabeth Goldenberg died Saturday after she was tossed overboard during an airboat ride with family members in town to celebrate her graduation. Authorities say her sister, 20-year-old Dana Goldenberg, suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital. Their parents, Renee Flaxx-Goldenberg and David Goldenberg were not injured.

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