Friday, August 29
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
COALITION APPEALS RULING ON NEW MAP FOR CONGRESS
A coalition challenging Florida's congressional districts is taking its legal challenge to an appeals court. The groups — which include the League of Women Voters of Florida — filed their official appeal notice on Friday. A Florida judge last week approved a new congressional map. The new map alters seven of the state's existing 27 districts, but the changes will not take effect this year.
GOV. SCOTT PROMISES NEW TAX CUTS FOR 2ND TERM
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is promising more tax cuts if he wins a second term. Despite past resistance from the Republican-controlled Legislature Scott says he will push through more than $1 billion in tax cuts over the next two years. Scott in 2010 promised deep property tax cuts and a substantial phase-out of the state's corporate income tax. Neither has happened.
ROTHSTEIN EX-CFO GETS 5 YEARS PRISON IN FRAUD
The former chief financial officer of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's law firm has been sentenced to five years in prison for her role in the $1.2 billion fraud. Irene Shannon was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro gave the 50-year-old Shannon the maximum sentence.
NY FOSTER AGENCIES SETTLE LAWSUIT BY KIDS FOR $17.5 MILLION
Attorneys say three private New York foster care agencies will pay $17.5 million to settle a lawsuit by eight people who were fraudulently adopted by a woman and claimed they were repeatedly abused, starved and imprisoned in a "house of horrors." The lawsuit was filed in 2009 in Brooklyn federal court on behalf of the children adopted by 67-year-old Judith Leekin over an 8-year period ending in 1996.
CROCODILE THAT BIT 2 SWIMMERS DIES DURING CAPTURE
An American crocodile suspected of biting two swimmers in a South Florida canal has died. Wildlife officials say the croc named Pancho died Friday morning while fighting capture by two trappers. Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Jorge Pino told the Miami Herald the 12-foot, 300 pound crocodile died on shore after being retained. Pino says the body was taken to a state facility for evaluation.