TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford is voicing serious concerns about a deal involving the state's largest property insurer. Weatherford today questioned an arrangement where Heritage Property Insurance and Casualty will receive $52 million to absorb 60,000 policies now held by Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping an elderly woman who died afterward. A Pinellas County jury found 49-year-old Virgil DeBose guilty today of felony murder, sexual battery and burglary. Prosecutors say DeBose attacked 78-year-old Audrey Mulligan in her Paradise Shores condo in March 2007.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will fight against any tuition hikes this year. Scott made the warning in a letter sent out today to the heads of the boards that oversee the state's 12 public universities.
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) - A juvenile loggerhead sea turtle that was treated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital was returned to the wild today. Charley was placed gently amid Sargassum seaweed some 25 miles off Marathon this morning. The reptile had been rescued 17 days earlier by a fisherman who saw it floating about 22 miles off the Middle Keys.
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