- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

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CHEMIST INVESTIGATED IN DRUG EVIDENCE CASE RESIGNS

A Florida crime lab employee being investigated in a missing-drug-evidence case has resigned. The department said the chemist resigned Monday, two days after the agency announced an investigation into missing drug evidence that could compromise hundreds of cases. The department suspects the chemist of swapping non-prescription drugs for prescription painkillers sent to a Pensacola lab for analysis.

FLORIDA’S NEW LT. GOV. SWORN IN

Carlos Llopez-Cantera is the state’s new lieutenant governor. He was sworn in by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston on Monday. The 40-year-old is the first Hispanic and Cuban-American to serve as lieutenant governor.

BECKHAM TO DISCUSS BRINGING SOCCER TO MIAMI

David Beckham will take part in a news conference on Wednesday to discuss his progress in bringing a Major League Soccer team to Miami. MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will also attend. The league hopes to place its next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta.

JURY TO BE SEQUESTERED IN LOUD MUSIC KILLING TRIAL

Journalists are objecting to an order requiring reporters to be out of the courtroom during jury selection in the trial of a software developer charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old teen that authorities say happened after an argument over loud music. An attorney for The Florida Times-Union and First Coast News on Monday told the judge presiding over the case that reporters must be allowed in the courtroom during selection.

2 DIE IN HUDSON HOUSE FIRE

Pasco County officials say two women are dead following an early morning house fire in Hudson on Monday. The 24-year-old women were roommates. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.