You'll pay for public records requests
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is imposing fees on public records requests to pay for staff time and the cost of making copies.
In announcing the fees Thursday, the new Republican governor cited a sharp increase in such requests since he took office in January.
Requests will be given cost estimates before they are answered. Fees must be paid in advance based on the estimates. Overpayment will be refunded. Fees will be waived if costs are less than $5 and it's not cost-effective to collect it.
Dead panther found is eighth of the year
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that a 4-year-old collared female panther was found dead Wednesday in the Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County. It appeared she was killed by another panther, but a necropsy would be required to confirm it.
This is the eighth panther death of the year. Conservation Commission biologists estimate the population in Florida to be between 100 and 160.
Repo man slain trying to get truck
A North Florida man has been charged with fatally shooting one man and wounding another when they tried to repossess his truck.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said that two repo men went to the St. Augustine home of 51-year-old Jesse Elorde Ramirez on Wednesday to take his pickup. Authorities say Ramirez grabbed a gun, ran outside and shot at them.
Deputies say Wilfred Rivera, 48, was dead at the scene.