- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

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GOV. SCOTT WANTS MORE MONEY FOR SCHOOLS

Relying on continued growth in property values around the state, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday proposed increasing the amount of money for the state’s public schools. The governor said he wants the average amount spent on each student to rise to $7,176, or about $261 higher than it is during this school year. If approved by legislators during the annual session that starts in March, the increase would raise overall public school spending to nearly $20 billion. That would be the highest overall amount spent without adjusting for inflation.

FATHER ACCUSED OF THROWING DAUGHTER IN TAMPA BAY HEADS TO COURT

Pinellas County judge appointed a public defender for a man accused of throwing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge. John Jonchuck on Monday refused to answer any of the judge’s questions. Police say 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck was likely alive when her father dropped her over a bridge railing, sending her into the waters of Florida’s Tampa Bay.

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN DENIES THROWING BOTTLE AT EX-GIRLFRIEND

George Zimmerman denies throwing a wine bottle at his ex-girlfriend in his latest run-in with authorities since being acquitted of murdering an unarmed black teen in 2013. Zimmerman says in a police report released Monday that in the confrontation with his ex-girlfriend, he didn’t throw a bottle at her nor destroy her cellphone as she claimed. Instead, he says, he was only trying to prevent her from entering his home.

SPACEX SUPPLY SHIP ARRIVES AT SPACE STATION

A shipment of much-needed groceries and belated Christmas presents finally arrived Monday morning at the International Space Station. The SpaceX company’s supply ship, Dragon, pulled up at the orbiting lab two days after its liftoff from Florida. Station commander Butch Wilmore used a robot arm to grab the capsule and its 5,000 pounds of cargo, as the craft soared more than 260 miles above the Mediterranean.

TODDLER SURVIVES FALL FROM 3rd FLOOR ORLANDO APARTMENT

A toddler is recovering after falling from a third-story window in Orlando. Officials say the child fell from a Nassau Bay Apartment just before 5 p.m. Sunday. A spokesman for the Orlando Fire Department told television stations the child didn’t have life-threatening injuries. She was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.

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