Bieber trial delayed to July on DUI, other charges
MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida judge has delayed the trial of pop star Justin Bieber on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license until July.
Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield on Wednesday granted a motion for a postponement sought by Bieber's lawyers. His attorney Roy Black said more time was needed to examine evidence and make decisions about how to proceed.
The trial was delayed from May 5 to July 7.
The 20-year-old singer was arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street drag race. He wasn't charged with drag racing.
Alcohol breath tests found Bieber's level below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers. Urine tests showed the presence of marijuana and an anti-anxiety drug in his system.
LOUD MUSIC KILLING
Delay sought in loud music killing trial
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Attorneys for a Florida man charged with murder in the killing of a teenager during an argument over loud music are asking that his retrial be delayed.
A judge in Jacksonville will consider Wednesday the request by Michael Dunn's new attorneys.
Dunn's retrial is set for May 5 on charges that he killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in 2012 at a Jacksonville gas station. The two had argued over loud music coming from the SUV Davis was sitting in. Dunn's attorneys say they need more preparation time.
Dunn was convicted of attempted murder for shooting at Davis' three companions, but the jury deadlocked on the murder charge. Dunn says he opened fire after it looked like Davis threatened him and raised an apparent shotgun. No weapon was found.
Florida set to execute convicted double murderer
STARKE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is set to execute a man convicted of killing his cousin and his cousin's wife to prevent the cousin from testifying at his burglary trial.
Robert Hendrix is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Florida State Prison in Starke. He was convicted of the 1990 murders of Elmer and Michelle Scott at their Lake County home.
Prosecutors say the 47-year-old Hendrix killed them because Elmer Scott intended to testify against him. But Hendrix's attorney says there is no forensic evidence linking his client to the murders and that the witnesses against him were unreliable.
Hendrix is asking a court stay to block the execution.
Hendrix would be the fourth person executed in Florida this year and the 16th since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011.
Florida woman denied flight in NC with oxygen tank
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Florida woman says an airline worker at a North Carolina airport refused to allow her to fly home with an oxygen tank because she didn't have the proper paperwork.
Seventy-eight-year-old Jane Graham-Bailey of Jensen Beach, Fla., told the Asheville Citizen-Times she hoped to board a flight in Asheville to go home in time for an Easter dinner with her family, after visiting her daughter in North Carolina.
Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said Graham-Bailey was denied passage because she didn't have a required physician consent form for the oxygen tank. Wheeler says the airline's rules are based on FAA regulations.
Graham-Bailey says no one asked for paperwork when she flew from Florida to North Carolina. She plans to fly home Sunday from a Tennessee airport and was awaiting a physician consent form.
Corps wants more time on Everglades project report
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - An internal review board at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants more time to finalize a report on an Everglades restoration project with a pressing deadline.
The corps' Civil Works Review Board met Tuesday in Washington to discuss the Central Everglades Planning Project. The board concluded that "while the analysis and project plans are extremely well done," more time is needed before the project report is ready for a final 30-day review by the state and other federal agencies. That review is required for the project to be included in a pending funding bill.
The corps' Jacksonville district plans to schedule an additional briefing to seek approval for the project report's release. Officials say they expect to release the report for review no later than the end of June.
Fla. funding legal hotline to help juveniles
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - South Florida youth advocates are creating a hotline to give legal advice for juveniles in trouble with the law.
The Children's Services Council of Broward County approved funding for LAW-line, a helpline for families in need of legal information including diversion opportunities, civil citation and expunction processes. LAW-line is slated to start in October.
The organization also awarded a grant to Legal Aid for services for youth involved in both the foster care and delinquency systems.
The organization says the services will prevent more children from entering the foster care and juvenile justice systems and will allow them to advocate for the least restrictive and most appropriate educational, medical and mental health services for the youth already there.
US Sugar finishes season with 5.5M tons of harvest
CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) - One of the nation's biggest sugar producers has wrapped up the season's harvest.
U.S. Sugar says its 198-day season yielded 5.5 million tons of sugarcane.
That's down from 5.8 million tons last year, in part because of wet weather that flooded some fields and affected crops.
A company spokeswoman says heavy rain early in the harvest forced the shutdown of its mills for several days and cost tens of millions of dollars.
CAR CRASH-DOG FOUND
Dog in car crash reunited with Tampa owner
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A dog that disappeared after her disabled owner was injured in a car crash has been found safe and was reunited with her owner.
Nina, a German shepherd mix, was spotted in South Tampa on Saturday. It was about 6 miles from where the dog vanished following the car crash.
Nina was adopted by disabled Army veteran Luke Macner. He had adopted her on Thursday as part of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's Pets for Patriots program.
Macner was involved in a car crash eight hours after the adoption and Nina ran away.
Macner was hospitalized but was reunited with his dog Tuesday.
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