Police chief to step down for new mayor
Miami's police chief is stepping down from his post. City officials said Chief John Timoney would stay until a new chief is chosen. Also Wednesday, newly elected Mayor Tomas Regalado was sworn in at an inauguration ceremony. Regalado has said he wanted to remove Timoney from the position. Timoney has been police chief for seven years. He previously held leading police posts in Philadelphia and New York. He is generally credited with improving a Miami department scarred by violence and scandal.
Bear found lying in yard had been shot
A bear found in a North Florida woman's yard had been shot. Carrabelle resident Andrea Mathis discovered the injured bear Sunday morning. She says she recognized the animal, which had previously been eating grapes in her yard. It was tranquilized and examined by wildlife officials, who discovered two bullet wounds. It is illegal to shoot bears in Florida. The bear was released into the Apalachicola National Forest.
Name change for newest U.S. airport
The nation's first new airport scheduled to open since Sept. 11, 2001, has undergone another name change. The Northwest Florida-Panama City International Airport is now the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, which is set to open in May. Bay County's airport authority removed the city's name to appeal to wider range of tourists.