- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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INVESTIGATORS LOOK AT DEATHS OF PANHANDLE WOMAN AND TWO ADULT SONS AS A RITUALISTIC KILLING

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says the evidence includes the method of the deaths, the positioning of the bodies and a person of interest who is tied to a faith or religion “that is indicative of that.” The victims were killed July 28 and their bodies were found on Friday during a welfare check.

FLORIDA CABINET AND GOVERNOR AGREE TO SETTLE LAND DISPUTE

Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet members voted Wednesday in favor of a settlement with Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews. Under the deal Andrews will be allowed to purchase land near the governor’s mansion about a mile north of the state Capitol. The Scott administration wanted the land as part of a plan to turn the adjacent historic home of former Gov. LeRoy Collins into a museum.

FAMILIES OF MISSING TEENS NO LONGER ACCEPTING DONATIONS

More than $480,000 in online contributions flowed in to help in efforts to continue looking for Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, who went missing on a fishing trip off Palm Beach County on July 24. On Wednesday their families said they’re “committed to continuing the search” but no longer need additional donations. Volunteers continue scouring waters off Georgia and the Carolinas for the boys by helicopter, plane and boat.

INSPECTORS FIND VIOLATIONS AT 4 PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINICS

The Agency for Health Care Administration released its report Wednesday. It says clinics in St. Petersburg, Fort Myers and Naples were performing second-trimester abortions when they were only licensed to perform first-trimester abortions. The report also found that a Pembroke Pines clinic was not following its own procedures for the labeling and dating of the disposal of fetal remains.

INMATE SUING COURT CLERK FOR NOT ALLOWING HIM AFFORDABLE PAYMENT PLAN

Kevin Washington says in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that he can’t afford the $53,000 in court costs arising from his 2010 felony from trafficking cocaine unless he gets a payment plan. He says he can’t get a driver’s license unless he pays the fees and that could hinder him from finding a job when he is released from prison next month.


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