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3 Things Going On Today In Florida: Airport Worker Hospitalized

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Airport Worker Hospitalized By Lightning Strike

A 21-year-old airport worker continues to recover more than a week after he was seriously injured at a Florida airport when lightning struck a plane he was assisting during a storm. The incident was captured on airport surveillance video. (Aug. 2).

Ohio Man Spit On Florida Police Officers On Way To Jail

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — An Ohio man ended up in a “spit hood mask” after spitting on two Florida police officers who were taking him to jail.

A police report says 30-year-old Joshua McLaughlin of Columbus, Ohio, continued to scream and bang his head on the police cruiser’s window following his July 28 arrest at a Key West resort.

News outlets report police went to the resort after calls about a fighting couple. The police report says McLaughlin was cursing his partner as police officers talked to him. McLaughlin refused officer’s commands to stop so he was placed in handcuffs.

The report says McLaughlin then spit in the officers’ faces.

A check of his record found an active warrant in Ohio on drug and stolen property charges.

Records don’t list an attorney.

Legislation Calls For 7 New VA Medical Clinics In Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says lawmakers have authorized seven new medical facilities for veterans in Florida.

Nelson said in a news release Wednesday that the new Veterans Affairs facilities will be located in Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Ocala, Tampa and Lakeland, with two in Gainesville. A total of 28 around the country were approved. Some are replacements for clinics already operating, while others are new.

By law, Congress must approve any VA leases that would result in an average rental payment of more than $1 million per year.

The legislation authorizing the new Florida facilities was included in a larger veterans’ health care bill. The measure, which was approved by the House last week, heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.