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NO AGREEMENT BETWEEN FLORIDA GOVERNOR, FEDS ON MEDICAID

The Obama administration snubbed Florida’s proposal to extend federal funds for hospitals that treat low-income and uninsured patients, a dispute that has paralyzed the state budget. The decision Wednesday came hours after Gov. Rick Scott met with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell in Washington. The Republican governor wants the administration to extend $1 billion in low-income pool funds for hospitals, but the federal government wants Florida to expand Medicaid, arguing its more efficient to give people insurance than to pay hospitals for caring for the uninsured retroactively.

WOMAN SEEKS RESCUE FROM BOYFRIEND IN ONLINE PIZZA ORDER

A central Florida woman helped save herself and her children by sending a message in an online pizza order that asked employees to call 911 because she was being held hostage. The Avon Park Pizza Hut employees spotted what Cheryl Treadway wrote in the comment section of her online order. Employees recognized Treadway as a regular customer and called the sheriff’s office. Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies went to the home, where they were greeted by Treadway, who was carrying a small child. She told them her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, 26, was inside the home, armed with a knife. Her other two children were also inside.

POLICE INVESTIGATE NUDE PICS OF ORLANDO STUDENTS

Police are investigating reports that some students at Orlando’s Lake Nona High School circulated nude photos of classmates. According to a school resource officer’s report, a parent complained after receiving a nude picture of her daughter in an April 27 text message. The Orlando Sentinel reports the parent asked for the officer’s help in finding out who sent the picture of her daughter. It was unclear how many students were involved.

FORMER FLAGLER ELECTIONS CHIEF ARRESTED

The former elections chief in Flagler County has been charged with making illegal recordings of conversations. Kimberle Weeks was arrested Wednesday on 12 counts of illegally intercepting communication and disclosing communications. Bail was set at $12,000, and she was released a short time after being booked. An indictment shows Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, Palm Coast’s city clerk and a Flagler County judge were among the people she recorded.

FLORIDA MAN GETS DEATH PENALTY FOR 2005 WAITRESS SLAYING

A South Florida man has been sentenced to death for the savage 2005 slaying of a Miami-area waitress. A Miami-Dade judge sentenced 51-year-old Rafael Andres on Wednesday. Jurors previously convicted Andres of first-degree murder and recommended death by a 9-3 vote. Trial testimony showed that Andres beat, stabbed and strangled 31-year-old Yvette Farinas with a rice cooker cord. He had been working as a handyman at a home attached to her apartment, and after the killing stole her ATM card. A neighbor saw Andres with a gas can next to the apartment before it went up in flames.

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