TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers begin their annual 60-day session hoping to tackle the state budget, address the opioid crisis and better prepare the state for future hurricanes. UPCOMING: 600 words, will be updated after Senate and House convene at 9:30 and 10 a.m.
XGR-STATE OF THE STATE
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott will give his final State of the State address as the Florida Legislature opens its annual 60-day session. UPCOMING: 600 words, will be updated after speech scheduled to begin about 11:30 a.m.
TAMPA — Prosecutors are seeking a maximum 11-year sentence for a neo-Nazi group leader who stockpiled explosive material in the Florida apartment where a friend killed their two roommates, calling him an unrepentant ideologue who poses a serious danger once he gets out. By Tamara Lush. UPCOMING: 600 words from 9 a.m. hearing.
WASHINGTON — The United States would be "putting people intentionally in harm’s way" if it sent diplomats back to Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says in an Associated Press interview, even as a new FBI report casts doubt on the initial theory that Americans there have been hit by "sonic attacks." By Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,000 words.
IN BRIEF :
FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN-FRAUD TRIAL — Former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s longtime chief of staff has begun a four-year federal prison sentence in Maryland.
COCAINE COWBOYS-PILOT — A pilot who flew loads of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami’s "cocaine cowboys" era is going on trial in an auto fraud case.
COLD-STUNNED SEA TURTLES — Officials say more than 850 "cold stunned" sea turtles have been brought to a Florida facility since a cold snap began last week.
DEPUTY-DOG RESCUE — When three Florida deputies spotted a dog about to drown, they had no idea they were about to save one of their own.
AIRPORT-PASSENGER RECORD — St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport saw more than 2 million passengers for the first time ever in 2017.
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