- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

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GOV. SCOTT TOURS FLORIDA CELEBRATING $400 MILLION TAX CUTS

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was celebrating $400 million in tax cuts approved by the Florida Legislature last week during a “victory tour” through seven major cities. In South Florida Monday, Scott stopped at a locally owned Cuban-American restaurant. Scott said he was pleased with the tax cuts, despite getting about $300 million less than what he had asked for. The approved tax cuts include a 10-day, back-to-school tax holiday, which would waive taxes on school supplies and clothes, and a tax exemption for gun club membership fees.

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SUE, SAY LEGISLATORS IGNORED VOTERS

Environmental groups are suing the Florida Legislature over how it handled a land conservation amendment. Three groups filed a lawsuit in a Leon County court on Monday. The lawsuit asks the court to force the Legislature to set aside more money for land acquisition. Voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1 last fall. But legislators last week approved a budget that includes just $55 million for land acquisition. Florida Wildlife Federation President Manley Fuller called the final budget a “slap in the face to Florida voters.”

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CREW RESCUES DISTRESSED BOATER IN GULF

A crew of university research students saved the life of a distressed boater in the Gulf of Mexico near Egmont Key. According to the University of South Florida, the crew and students aboard the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Weatherbird II vessel on Saturday night heard an urgency call from the U.S. Coast Guard explaining that three men were in the water, separated from their boat about two miles away from the Weatherbird’s location. The Coast Guard rescued two of the boaters when the research crew spotted the third.

BILLY GRAHAM GRANDSON OUT AS PASTOR IN FLORIDA AFTER AFFAIR

A prominent Florida megachurch says a grandson of the Rev. Billy Graham has stepped down as its pastor after a “moral failure.” Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church said Monday that Tullian Tchividjian resigned last week for actions that “disqualify him from continuing to serve as senior pastor.” The Fort Lauderdale church offered no further details. Tchividjian did not comment on the matter on his webpage and did not respond to a call seeking comment. In a statement to The Washington Post, he acknowledged having an affair.

MAN ACCUSED OF DROWNING RABBIT IN HOTEL POOL

A 49-year-old man is accused of drowning his pet rabbit in a hotel swimming pool near Tampa. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says Steve B. Rodd intentionally dropped the rabbit into the pool at the Vista Inn on Friday. He was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals on Monday. Sheriff’s officials say Rodd stood on the pool deck and tossed the rabbit into the water. He walked away after about two minutes when the rabbit went still. A guest at the hotel told officials he saw the rabbit floating in the pool and maintenance removed it.

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