Welcome to the Sunday Reset, recapping the top stories from Southwest Florida and elsewhere.
Scott makes it official, he’s running for Senate
It was the worst kept secret in Florida politics, but Gov. Rick Scott made it official on Monday that he’s running for U.S. Senate. He made the official announcement Monday morning in Orlando, then visited Fort Myers a couple hours later to kick off the campaign. The race between Scott and Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson is expected to be highly watched, hotly contested, expensive, and close, as both parties fight for control of the upper house in November.
Teacher arrested, accused of sex with student.
A teacher at Evangelical Christian School is accused of having sex with one of her students. Suzanne Owen, 35, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday after authorities say they discovered a series of text messages between Owen and a male student. Owen has been charged with custodial sexual battery, a felony.
National search on for killer of woman on Fort Myers Beach
U.S. Marshals are part of a search for Lois Riess, after she is believed to have killed a woman on Fort Myers Beach and taken her identity. Riess allegedly killed Pamela Hutchinson, 59, in her hotel room at an undetermined time, her body was discovered on Monday. In a Friday press conference, LCSO undersheriff Carmine Marceno said that it appears Riess targeted Hutchinson because of their similar appearance. Riess is also wanted in connected to the murder of her husband in Minnesota.
U.S. launches airstrike on Syria over chemical weapon use
A joint air strike between the U.S., Britain, and France on Syrian government targets was launched Friday as a response to chemical weapons allegedly used on civilians. President Donald Trump had threatened Syria with the strikes if chemical weapons were used. The strikes have drawn criticism from allied of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, including Russia and Iran over whether they were justified. On Saturday, Trump tweeted that the strike was “perfectly executed” and called the operation “mission accomplished.”
Teacher protests rolling through country
The latest in a rash of states beset by teacher protests, educators in Kentucky took to the streets to protest changes to their state pension program and school funding. Teachers in Kentucky join those in Oklahoma, Arizona, and West Virginia who have started protests over pay, benefits, and funding in public schools. The state legislature overrode a veto by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday on a budget that raised school funding by adding sales tax on repair services and raising the cigarette tax. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey promised a net pay increase of 20 percent to teachers by 2020 on Thursday.
Paul Ryan not seeking reelection
The top-ranking Republican in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan, will not run for office again in 2018, causing a shakeup in a party that’s trying to hang on to its majorities in Congress this fall. On Wednesday, Ryan said that it was his spending time with his children, who are now all teenagers, that caused him to end his 20-year career in Washington. Ryan was first elected to the House in 1998, and was Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012. He took over as Speaker in 2015 after the retirement of John Boehner.
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