Foreclosure cases to get more space
Jacksonville's foreclosure court will move out of a small room that serves as chambers into a larger courtroom to make it more accessible to the public.
The move, which will happen next week, comes after the American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of media and First Amendment groups expressed concern over public access to foreclosure hearings.
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady directed the Office of the State Courts Administrator to recommend appropriate corrective actions.
Florida soldier dies in Afghanistan bombing
Staff Sgt. Juan L. Rivadeneira of Davie was killed along with two other soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Saturday when a suicide bomber set off a vest bomb.
Rivadeneira, 27, had been in the Army for seven years. He is survived by his wife, mother and son.
Also killed in the attack in Kandahar province were 20-year-old Cpl. Jacob R. Carver of Freeman, Mo., and 20-year-old Spc. Jacob C. Carroll of Clemmons, N.C.
All three soldiers were assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.
An Army spokeswoman said that five additional soldiers from the 101st were killed in a separate incident on Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, but their names have not yet been released.
Smoker's daughter awarded $80 million
A jury has awarded the daughter of a deceased smoker $80 million in a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Dianne Webb claimed her father's 1996 death was caused by a 60-year smoking addiction fed by company manipulation and deception. The Levy County jury award Tuesday includes $8 million in compensatory damages and $72 million in punitive damages.
The case is one of about 8,000 similar lawsuits in Florida. They are being tried individually because the state Supreme Court in 2006 threw out a huge $145 billion class-action damage award for all Florida smokers.
Tobacco companies have also won cases and are appealing others they lost. R.J. Reynolds had no immediate comment on whether it will appeal the Levy County verdict.
Shooting of motorist closes lanes of I-95
Southbound Interstate 95 was shut down in an area of South Florida after a teenager was shot while driving Tuesday night.
The youth was shot in the upper torso as he drove south in a black Chevrolet Tahoe. He slammed into the median.
He was hospitalized with injuries that weren't life-threatening.
Authorities say he told them he didn't know who shot him or why.