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Florida briefs: A milk trial, confederate flag video and coyotes stealing sea turtle nests

TALLAHASSEE

Creamery fights to keep its milk natural

The Ocheesee Creamery in the Florida Panhandle produces all-natural skim milk from grass-fed cows, yet the state says they have to call it "imitation." The creamery owners and the state Department of Agriculture were in federal court Wednesday over the nearly 3-year-old dispute. The department argues that in order to be sold as skim milk, it must have vitamins injected into it. Owners Paul and Mary Lou Wesslehoeft say they won't label it imitation because their customers expect natural products, and labeling as the state requires would be deceptive.

SANIBEL

Coyotes better for sea turtles than raccoons

Conservation workers say coyotes are becoming a problem for sea turtles on Sanibel and Captiva islands. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Sea Turtle Program reports that coyotes have dug up about 60 sea turtle nests. Coordinator Kelly Sloan said a positive factor is that they seem to be scaring away the raccoons. She said that while raccoons generally raid an entire nest, coyotes might take only 20 eggs out of 120.

BRADENTON

Confederate-flag theft, video lead to arrest

Authorities say they've arrested a man who appeared in a video stealing a Confederate flag. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reports that 23-year-old Dejerrian Murray turned himself in Tuesday. The video, viewed by millions, was posted on another man's Facebook page last month. Authorities say it shows Murray running out of a car, pulling the flag off the side of a house and running back to the car. Murray was charged Tuesday with petty theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Times wires

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