HIJACKER BACK IN FLORIDA COURT FOR PLEA, BAIL HEARING
A man who hijacked an airliner from the U.S. to Cuba almost two decades ago is due back in a Miami federal courtroom Wednesday. William Potts is scheduled to enter a plea to air piracy charges and seek release on bail. Federal prosecutors oppose bail, contending that Potts is a risk to flee and is potentially dangerous.
HEARING SET FOR DEFENDANTS IN FAMU HAZING CASE
Eight defendants who remain charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major are scheduled to have a status hearing on their cases and are expected to tell a judge whether they will accept plea offers from the prosecutor or proceed to trial. The hearing is set for Wednesday afternoon.
FLORIDA STATE SENATORS WANT SPEED LIMIT RAISED TO 75
Two Florida state senators want to let motorists drive faster on the state's highways. Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, are filing a bill that would allow the state to raise the speed limit up to 75 miles per hour on some highways. Brandes said his bill would allow the state to raise the limit if traffic engineers believe is it safe.
BEACH TREKKERS COMPLETE GOOGLE MAPS PROJECT
Trekkers are completing the last mile of their Google Maps project to capture 360-degree images of Florida's 825 miles of beaches. Local and state tourism officials will greet the trekkers on Wednesday at South Pointe Park in Miami Beach. Visit Florida, the state's tourism and marketing arm, said the journey began in July.
SEAWORLD CASE GOES BEFORE APPELLATE COURT
A federal appellate court in Washington is hearing arguments on whether a citation issued to SeaWorld should be upheld following the death of a trainer. SeaWorld is contesting two violations issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration following the death of Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau. She was killed in February 2010 when a six-ton killer whale pulled her into a pool.
WOMAN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED IN COCONUT GROVE HOME INVASION
Police are looking for a group of armed men who sexually assaulted a woman and pistol-whipped a man during a home invasion in Coconut Grove early Wednesday.