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3 fired after prisons shock kids

Posted: 05/15/2009 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Department of Corrections has fired three employees and two others have resigned after children were shocked with stun guns during prison visits last month.

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No abuse evidence in reform school graves

Updated: 05/15/2009 - State investigators say they have found no evidence that any of the 31 unmarked graves at a Florida reform school are of boys allegedly abused by the school staff.

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Polk Co. deputies fatally shot man

Posted: 05/15/2009 - The Polk County Sheriff's Office says deputies fatally shot a 27-year-old Winter Haven man when they responded to a family disturbance.

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Former astronaut withdraws insanity plea

Updated: 05/15/2009 - A former astronaut accused of driving 1,000 miles to confront a romantic rival has withdrawn a notice that she would seek an insanity defense.

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Authorities look for man in abduction

Updated: 05/15/2009 - Authorities say they're looking for the man who broke into an east Orange County home and tried to abduct a 4-year-old girl.

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Jail guard charged with assaulting inmate

Updated: 05/15/2009 - Authorities say a Hillsborough County detention deputy has been suspended without pay pending termination for assaulting a juvenile inmate.

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Asian bird spotted on a Jacksonville beach

Updated: 05/15/2009 - Bird enthusiasts say they've spotted an Asian bird on a Jacksonville beach that has only been documented in the Western hemisphere one other time.

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Ex-Broward Deputy Gets 9+ Sentence in FBI Sting

Posted: 05/14/2009 - A former Broward County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison on drug charges as part of an undercover FBI corruption investigation.

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Former astronaut withdraws insanity plea

Posted: 05/14/2009 - A former astronaut accused of driving 1,000 miles to confront a romantic rival has withdrawn a notice that she would seek an insanity defense.

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Fla. Woman Sues Over Her Monkey's Grave

Posted: 05/14/2009 - A Florida woman says she got fed up with a pet cemetery's monkey business and has sued the owner over her pet squirrel monkey's grave

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Crist Order Says State Endangered By Fire Threat

Posted: 05/14/2009 - Gov. Charlie Crist has declared a state of emergency and has put the Florida National Guard on alert to help forestry officials deal with a wildfire threat across the state.

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Panel OKs Fla. Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Rule

Posted: 05/13/2009 - A state board has approved an emergency rule designed to protect the state from up to $20 billion in losses if the state gets hit by a devastating hurricane.

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Water Managers Approve $533M Everglades Deal

Posted: 05/13/2009 - South Florida water managers have approved Gov. Charlie Crist's deal to buy farmland from the U.S. Sugar Corp. for future use in Everglades restoration.

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Fla. Court: Washington Decision Applies in Florida

Posted: 05/13/2009 - A Florida appeals court has reversed a lower court decision, ruling the state must give full faith and credit to adoptions granted to same-sex couples by other states.

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Okaloosa County deputy recovering from car accident

Posted: 05/13/2009 - Okaloosa County Sheriff Ed Spooner says the agency is grateful to employees and community members who have been showing support for a deputy seriously injured in a car accident Tuesday evening.

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Fla Inventor Takes Case to Supreme Court

Posted: 05/13/2009 - A Florida inventor who created a device to increase the rate of semiautomatic rifle fire has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which ruled the apparatus constituted an illegal machinegun.

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Students Charged in Rape Released to Parents

Posted: 05/13/2009 - The four Tampa middle-school students charged with sexually assaulting a classmate were released to the their parents with ankle bracelets so they can be electronically monitored.

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