PALM BEACH AIRPORT REOPENS AFTER BOMB SCARE
Palm Beach County sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Friday afternoon that the bomb squad safely removed the luggage, which was found unattended near a baggage carousel. It was not immediately known what the luggage contained.
FLORIDA LEGISLATURE OKS MORE THAN $82.3 BILLION BUDGET ON FINAL DAY OF 60-DAY SESSION
The Florida House voted 119-1 for the bill, while the vote in the Senate was unanimous. The strong bipartisan support for the budget was a departure from past years, when Democrats criticized the annual budget. The new spending plan is roughly 5 percent larger than last year’s budget.
FDA: NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT FROM TEST OF MODIFIED MOSQUITOES
The agency’s Center for Veterinary Medicine released a preliminary finding of no significant impact for the trial of a method that aims to reduce populations of the mosquito that spreads dengue, chikungunya and the Zika virus among humans. The trial is proposed by the British biotech firm Oxitec. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District wants to test Oxitec’s mosquitoes in a small neighborhood north of Key West.
FLORIDA BILL ON HEALTH CARE TRANSPARENCY HEADED TO GOVERNOR
The Florida Senate passed the bill by a 34-1 vote Friday, which was the final day of the legislative session. It requires Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration to contract with a vendor for a website that will show cost and quality of care.
AUTOPSY: DARTMOUTH SWIMMER HAD RARE HEART CONDITION
Tate Ramsden of Nashville, Tennessee, died Dec. 26. A Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report said the 21-year-old was swimming laps underwater when he went into distress. An autopsy report listed drowning as the cause of death. A contributing cause of death was arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, a rare disease of the heart muscle.