ETHICS PANEL APPROVES FLORIDA GOVERNOR'S HANDLING OF FINANCES
A Florida ethics panel is approving the way Gov. Rick Scott is handling his finances. He had asked the panel if a blind trust he set up to handle his assets meets a new state ethics law.
FLORIDA LEADERS SET BIG GOALS FOR STATE'S FUTURE
Florida leaders are setting big goals on a variety of issues during the second day of a summit. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, business leaders, non-profit representatives and others held round table discussions Friday to set "big, hairy, audacious goals" for Florida. Issues included education, energy, transportation, tourism, water supply and health.
POLICE SEARCH FOR CARJACKERS AFTER 94-YEAR-OLD MAN DIES
Police are searching for a carjacker following the death of a 94-year-old man in Daytona Beach. They say the man had stopped his car to get mail from his mailbox when a man jumped in the car and took off. The victim gave chase but died of a heart attack a short time later.
61 JUVENILES CHARGED IN DETENTION FACILITY RIOT
Authorities in central Florida are charging 61 juveniles for a riot that occurred at a detention facility last month. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Friday that the young men who participated in the Avon Park Youth Academy riot are facing various charges, including riot, introduction of contraband, theft, burglary and criminal mischief. At least three youths face arson charges from the State Fire Marshal's Office.
LARGE INSURER TO CUT FLORIDA HOMEOWNER RATES
One of Florida's largest privately-run property insurance companies is going to cut its property insurance rates. Security First Insurance on Friday notified state regulators that it is going to lower rates by an average of 9.3 percent statewide. The lower rates will take effect for new customers on Oct. 15 and on Dec. 1 for policy renewals.