Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Coast Guard: Search for teens will be suspended at sunset
The Coast Guard will suspend its search at sunset Friday for two teenage fishermen who’ve been missing for a week. Capt. Mark Fedor said the Coast Guard took into consideration Perry Cohen’s and Austin Sephanos’ age, both 14, their lengthy experience on the water and their “will to live” in keeping the search going so long. The teens’ families said a private search will continue past Friday using volunteer pilots and aircraft. The boys went missing last Friday and their capsized boat was found Sunday. The Coast Guard has searched waters from South Florida up through South Carolina without success.
Bond revoked for man charged with shooting at Zimmerman
A man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman during a traffic encounter has had his bond revoked and is heading to jail. A judge on Friday said Matthew Apperson should be jailed because he was charged with committing a new crime while out on bond. That charge made against Apperson last month was for disorderly conduct. Police say he urinated on a neighbor’s door. At the time, he was on bond for his charge involving Zimmerman, who was not injured in the shooting.
In Urban League speech, Bush touts time as Florida governor
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush ventured into historically Democratic territory on Friday to tell a predominantly-African American audience that the country’s decades-long efforts to fight poverty are failing. He also said his record as Florida governor serves as a blueprint of his future presidency. Bush is one of two Republican presidential candidates who accepted an invitation to address the annual conference of the National Urban League, one of the nation’s largest civil rights organizations. Organizers said other Republicans were invited, but they declined, mostly citing scheduling conflicts.
Man charged in transgender woman’s slaying in Tampa
Authorities in Florida say a man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a transgender woman. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release that 18-year-old Keith Lamayne Gaillard is being held on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 25-year-old India Clarke. Clarke’s body was found July 21 in a Tampa park, and an autopsy later determined that she had been shot in the head and an arm.
Florida legislator wants investigation of planned parenthood
A Florida legislator wants a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood, but the organization calls the request “politically motivated.” Rep. Charles McBurney, a Jacksonville Republican, asked for investigation in a letter Thursday to the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the agency, said FDLE would begin a preliminary review to determine whether the allegations are criminal.