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GOV. SCOTT PROPOSES NEARLY $77 BILLION BUDGET FOR 2015
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling for a nearly $77 billion state budget in the coming year. Scott released his budget recommendations on Wednesday during the annual legislative planning meeting hosted by The Associated Press. The Republican governor’s budget proposal includes $673 million in tax cuts. The biggest portion of the cuts would be a reduction in taxes charged on cellphones and cable television.
NO BAIL FOR FORMER MUSIC PROMOTER IN $300 MILLION FRAUD CASE
A judge has refused to grant bail for a former music promoter who produced shows for acts such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Aerosmith and was recently extradited from Brazil to face a $300 million criminal fraud case. U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres said Wednesday there was ample evidence 72-year-old Jack Utsick might attempt to flee prosecution.
FUGITIVE TREASURE HUNTER NABBED IN FLORIDA AFTER 2-YEAR HUNT
A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what’s been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a hotel in Palm Beach County and arrested him Tuesday, said Brian Babtist, a senior inspector in the agency’s office in Columbus, Ohio, where a federal civil arrest warrant was issued for him in 2012 for failing to show up to a key court hearing.
BART THE CAT HIT BY CAR, BURIED AND THEN CRAWLS FROM GRAVE
Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor to dig a shallow grave. Five days later, on Jan. 21, a matted and injured Bart emerged, meowing for food.
UF TO CHANGE NAME OF RECORDS SYSTEM KNOWN AS ‘ISIS’
The University of Florida is changing the name of its records management system known as “ISIS.” The school was already in the process of upgrading its Integrated Student Information System database when several students raised concerns about the name. Those concerned students included 20-year-old Emily Weiss, whose cousin Steven Sotloff was executed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.