- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

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FLORIDA COMES UP WITH A POSSIBLE FIX TO DEATH PENALTY

The Florida House on Thursday voted 93-20 and overwhelmingly passed a death penalty bill that would require at least 10 of 12 jurors to recommend execution for it to be imposed. The Senate is expected to approve the bill soon and send it to Gov. Rick Scott.

MAN GETS LIFE SENTENCE FOR KILLING DAUGHTER, GIRL’S MOTHER

A Polk County judge sentenced 38-year-old Lester Ross on Thursday. He was convicted in November of first-degree murder and aggravated manslaughter. He had faced a possible death sentence.

TIME TO PLAY? FLORIDA HOUSE SAYS YES, BUT SENATE STILL A NO

The House voted 112-2 on Thursday for a bill that would require elementary schools to set aside 20 minutes each day for “free play recess.” Schools could not withhold recess for academic reasons or to punish students.

LAWSUIT CHALLENGES LICENSE SUSPENSION IN DUI CASES

The class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Orlando says the current process denies DUI suspects the right to due process. The lawsuit is seeking more than $50 million from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

EL FARO SECOND MATE TEXTED STORM WARNING TO CAPTAIN

Second Mate Charles Baird testified Thursday before a U.S. Coast Guard panel investigating the ship’s sinking last October. All 33 aboard died. Baird said Capt. Michael Davidson replied that he planned to go near but “under,” or south, of Hurricane Joaquin.

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