Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Florida and Georgia governors hold private meeting on water
The governors of Florida and Georgia are discussing how to resolve a long-running water dispute. Florida Gov. Rick Scott met for an hour Tuesday with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal at the governor’s mansion. The meeting comes as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a challenge from Florida seeking to limit Georgia’s withdrawals from the Chattahoochee River. Deal requested the meeting with Scott. The meeting was held behind closed doors.
Missing Ohio family linked to Florida motel slaying
Authorities are searching for an Ohio family who they believe may be connected to a man found dead in a Miami motel. Miami police Lt. Carlos Castellanes says 30-year-old Michael Douglas Evans is wanted for escaping and eluding police in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He’s likely traveling with his 34-year-old wife Kristy Evans and her 7-year-old daughter Jala Barnett. The mother and daughter were reported missing and endangered in Ohio on May 7. Florida authorities issued an Amber alert for the girl Tuesday.
Feds: No need for mediation in Scott’s Medicaid lawsuit
The Obama administration says there’s no need for a judge to order mediation as Gov. Rick Scott requested because they’ve been engaged in ongoing discussions with Florida. In court documents filed Tuesday, federal health officials said they talked with Florida as recently as Monday and that the discussions are ongoing and have been productive. The Obama administration also said there is no basis for mediation because their administration has already been clear on the core issue of the lawsuit.
Man dies while cave diving with son
A central Florida man died while cave diving with his son at Blue Spring State Park near Orange City. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson says the body of 56-year-old Rhys Dervan of Ocoee was recovered by divers on Monday afternoon. Dervan and his son surfaced together around 3:30 p.m. Monday. But the father went back down for a final dive to a cavern about 120 feet below the surface. He never came back up. Davidson says Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers called the sheriff’s department for help. Divers found the body about 6:47 p.m.
Lawyer: ‘Versailles’ daughter struggled with drugs pre-death
A family lawyer says the 18-year-old daughter of the stars of the “Queen of Versailles” documentary had struggled with an addiction to a drug used to control her seizures before she died last weekend. Attorney Michael Marder said in a statement Tuesday that Victoria Siegel had recently undergone voluntary rehabilitation to shake her dependence on the drug. He says it is likely she ingested one or more drugs before she died. Victoria Siegel was found by deputies at the family’s home in Windermere last Saturday and pronounced dead at a hospital. Autopsy results haven’t yet been released.