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Florida’s Lunchtime Headlines

A quick look at news from around Florida at this hour

MIAMI (AP) — An Alaska man faces a life prison sentence in the January 2017 Florida airport shooting that left five people dead and six wounded.

Sentencing is set Friday for 28-year-old Esteban Santiago, who pleaded guilty in May to 11 charges in a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Santiago, of Anchorage, Alaska, admitted he opened fire with a handgun in a baggage area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in south Florida

The agreement calls for a life prison sentence plus 120 years.

An Iraq war veteran, Santiago is diagnosed as schizophrenic but was found competent to understand legal proceedings.

Santiago initially told the FBI after the shooting he was under government mind control, then switched to unfounded claims he acted in support of the Islamic State extremist group.


APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — Drivers won’t have to worry about being ticketed by red-light cameras in one Florida city.

The Apopka City Council voted Wednesday to use an escape clause in its contract with camera vendor American Traffic Solutions. The move is effective Jan. 1.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the vote was met with applause from red-light camera foes attending the meeting.

The decision cuts a big chunk of revenue from red-light tickets. A violation costs $158. The newspaper reports the city’s share of red-light ticket in fiscal year 2017 was $1.33 million before deducting the camera rentals and other costs. The state’s cut was $1.47 million.