Florida Speaker: Suspend prosecutor who nixes death penalty

Florida Speaker Corcoran wants Gov. Scott to get rid of the man who does not want the death penalty

TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has called on the governor to suspend a prosecutor for pledging to not seek the death penalty in any case while she is in office.

Corcoran said Thursday that Orlando State Attorney Aramis Ayala was “violating the constitution” because she is not even considering the death penalty. Capital punishment is authorized under the Florida Constitution. Corcoran added that if Florida lawmakers had the power to impeach Ayala, they would already be doing so.

Gov. Rick Scott removed Ayala from a high-profile police murder case last week after she announced her decision against the death penalty. Ayala argues Scott has overstepped his bounds and filed a motion in response, asking a judge to let her present her argument in court.

There will be plenty more to come on this story and Gov. Scott has more to say on the issues.


Wildlife agency phases out screwworm medicines for Key deer

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say endangered Key deer no longer need anti-parasite medication to fight off flesh-eating screwworms.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Thursday that they plan to start phasing out oral medications for the deer on April 10. Earlier this month, the agency removed devices applying anti-parasite medication to deer stopping at feeding troughs in the National Key Deer Refuge.

A screwworm infestation that began last summer killed 135 Key deer in the refuge on Big Pine Key. No wild screwworms have been found and no deer have died since early January.

U.S. wildlife officials said they’ll continue to monitor the deer with tracking collars and remote cameras.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner has said other efforts to keep screwworms from spreading to the mainland also are winding down.