- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

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FLORIDA’S NEW UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE DUE OUT

The state’s jobless rate for April will be released on Friday. The March rate was 6.3 percent. That was a slight increase over the previous month. The ranks of the unemployed also increased by 17,000 to 606,000 in March. But economists say that the slight uptick in unemployment could be a sign that people are beginning to look for work again. State economists have said a big reason for recent drops in the state’s unemployment rate is that people were leaving the labor force or had delayed their job search.

JULIE SCHENECKER CONVICTED OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN DEATHS OF HER TWO CHILDREN


After two weeks of lengthy testimony, it took a Tampa jury less than two hours to convict the 53-year-old former military linguist and longtime Army officer’s wife of first-degree murder in the January 2011 killings of her two teenage children. She has been sentenced to two life terms. She told the courtroom that she knows that she shot her son and daughter, but she doesn’t know why and now she has “time to try and understand that.”

BAIL APPEAL PLANNED FOR ASSOCIATE OF EX-REP. RIVERA IN CAMPAIGN FINANCE CASE

The attorney for Ana Alliegro has filed court papers saying she will take her case to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Two Miami judges have ordered her jailed until trial as a flight risk. Alliegro is charged with illegally funneling over $80,000 to the 2012 Democratic 26th District House primary campaign of political unknown Justin Lamar Sternad. The case centers on whether Alliegro and former U.S. Rep. David Rivera used Sternad as a straw candidate to weaken Democrat Joe Garcia, who eventually won the seat.

MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER DISTURBANCE AT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MARINA

Two people were found dead and one person was hospitalized after deputies arrived Thursday morning at Salty Sam’s Marina in Fort Myers Beach. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Stephen Spiegel of Fort Myers was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson in the deaths of Marilyn Spiegel and Harry Carlip. Details about Spiegel’s relationship to the victims have not been released. Spiegel was held without bond.

THOUSANS EXPECTED TO ATTEND HAITIAN COMPAS FESTIVAL

The French-Caribbean band Kassav will make a rare Florida appearance at the Saturday festival at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. Kassav is credited with popularizing zouk music in the 1980s. Festival organizer Rodney Noel says Kassav was invited this year because the event’s market has expanded beyond Haitian communities to Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Martin. The festival line-up also includes a dozen other Haitian compas, rock and rap groups. The younger Haitian bands say they’re trying to replicate Kassav’s worldwide success.