REPORT: JANET RENO’S RANCH TO BE DONATED TO MIAMI COLLEGE
A final agreement is being ironed out to donate the ranch which sat on the edge of the Everglades where Reno’s mother built the rustic home in the 1940s. It’s slated to become part of the environmental center at the college’s campus south of Miami. Attorney Alan Greer, who’s representing the Reno family, says visiting the cottage is “like going back in time.” The college declined comment on the negotiation process.
FLORIDA CONSIDERS ISSUING CERTIFICATES AFTER MISCARRIAGES
The House voted 115-1 Wednesday for what’s called the “Grieving Families Act.” At a parent’s request, the state would issue “certificates of nonviable birth” to women whose pregnancies end after nine weeks and before 20 weeks of gestation. Pregnancies that end at 20 weeks or later are considered stillbirths and death certificates must be issued. Parents can also request a birth certificate in such cases.
MOTHER CHARGED AFTER YOUNG BOY FINDS GUN, SHOOTS HIMSELF
A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office news release says 24-year-old Delicia Forte was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated child neglect resulting in serious injury. Deputies say the boy was home with his mother’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Akia Thomas, on Jan. 24, when the child found a gun under a dresser. The boy underwent surgery and survived.
FLORIDA HOUSE SAYS YES TO RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION IN SCHOOLS
The Senate approved a similar bill, but the House version is not as broad and won support from members of both parties. The House approved by the bill 114-3. The legislation would let students express religious viewpoints in coursework without being penalized. Students could also wear jewelry that displays a religious message.
HUNTING CHALLENGE NETTING HUGE PYTHONS IN FLORIDA EVERGLADES
News outlets report that the biggest catch, so far, went to Patrick Campbell who caught a python measuring 15 feet, 10 inches and weighing 135 pounds. The second largest catch was made by Nicholas Banos and trapping partner Leonardo Sanchez whose python measured 15 feet, 2 inches and weighed 144 pounds.