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FAMILY OF GIRL ARRESTED IN SUICIDE BLAMED ON BULLYING PLANS TO SUE FLORIDA SHERIFF

Lawyers for a 13-year-old girl accused of bullying a classmate have filed notice that they intend to sue Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and his office. The notice says Judd did not have probable cause to arrest the girl in 2013 when she was 12. The girl was one of two girls arrested in connection with the suicide death of 12-year-old classmate Rebecca Sedwick. The State Attorney’s Office declined to file the charges and prosecute them. Judd said in a statement that he looks forward to “vigorously” defending the lawsuit and his decision to arrest.

FLORIDA BECAME BETTER EDUCATED IN 2013; STATE IS LEADER IN HOME VACANCIES, RETAIL WORKERS

The U.S. Census Bureau has released new figures capturing the lives of Floridians last year and how they changed from 2012. Overall, 2013 wasn’t much different. Many factors such as the poverty rate, the rate of residents without health insurance and the home vacancy rate remained unchanged. Florida was at or near the top of states with the nation’s highest concentrations of vacant homes, retail workers in the labor force and rates of residents without health insurance. Florida also was near the top in concentrations of residents who spoke Spanish in their homes.

BODIES OF TWO WOMEN FOUND ALONGSIDE JACKSONVILLE ROAD

Authorities have identified two young women whose bodies were found alongside a Jacksonville road. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday that two people driving by spotted the bodies of 19-year-old Angelia Mangum and 18-year-old Tjhisha Ball and called 911. Authorities say both women had last known addresses in Tampa and that foul play is suspected. Autopsies are pending.

NEW RUNWAY OPENS AT FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Officials say the new runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport should help reduce flight delays and bring more tourists to South Florida. Broward County Aviation Department spokesman Greg Meyer says the runway is the first phase of an expansion project that aims to ease crowding and update terminals for the 23.5 million passengers who visit the airport every year.

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