Tolls going up to help pay for road projects
It's about to cost more to drive on some South Florida roads. Florida Transportation Department officials say they're raising the tolls on Florida's Turnpike and the Sawgrass Expressway by an average of 75 cents starting in 2012. The money will be used to finance a turnpike expansion in Miami-Dade County and other road projects. The increases should be in place by June 30, the Miami Herald reported. Officials say the cash toll will rise from $1 to $1.25 and from 75 cents to $1 with SunPass. A trip across Alligator Alley will go from $2.50 to $3 cash and from $2 to $2.75 with SunPass.
Man on death row loses plea for stay
A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a request for a permanent stay of execution for a Florida man convicted of killing a police officer 33 years ago. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld a lower court's ruling denying a stay for Manuel Valle, who had been scheduled to die earlier this week. It was unclear when a temporary stay delaying the execution would be lifted since the appeals court was also considering another appeal. If that temporary stay is lifted, the Corrections Department will set a new execution date. Valle had argued that the new drugs Florida plans to use for lethal injections constitute cruel and unusual punishment.