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STATE RELEASES FINAL FCAT SCORES FOR 3RD GRADE MATH, READING

A little over half of third-grade students scored at passing levels on Florida’s standardized exam in math and reading this year. Figures released Friday show that 57 percent of third graders scored at a level 3 or higher on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, the same as last year. Fifty-eight percent reached the passing score in math, the same as in 2013.

APPEAL SOUGHT TO RELEASE REDISTRICTING DOCUMENTS

Lawyers for groups who believe state legislators broke the law when they drew congressional maps will ask the state Supreme Court to release the documents seen as key evidence. The announcement came Friday, the day after the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled the documents, which were obtained from a Republican consultant, are privileged and must remain confidential.

MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING GRAVE MARKERS

A central Florida man is accused of stealing grave markers - complete with names and birth and death dates - from his employer and selling them as scrap metal. He told investigators he has a prescription drug addiction. Authorities say he made more than $1,500 by selling the grave markers.

2 FLORIDA STORES AFFECTED BY GROUND BEEF RECALL

Health officials say two Florida stores may have received ground beef involved in a nationwide recall. The stores are Surf N Turf Market in Sebring and Giorgio’s Italian Market in Stuart.

EX-BOLIVIAN POLICE OFFICIAL GETS 3 YEARS US PRISON

A once high-ranking Bolivian National Police anticorruption official has been sentenced to just over three years in prison after his conviction on U.S. attempted extortion charges. A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale sentenced Mario Fabricio Ormachea Aliaga on Friday. He was convicted by a jury in March after a three-day trial.

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