Authorities recover body of missing 6-year-old boy in southwest Florida.
LONGBOAT PASS — Authorities have found the body of a 6-year-old boy who went missing in the waters off southwest Florida.
The Herald-Tribune reports that on Monday morning, the Bradenton Beach Police Chief told the family of Lamontea Taylor that law enforcement found the boy's body.
The child went missing Saturday evening while swimming with his cousins. They got caught in a strong current and rescuers pulled three children from the water.
More than two dozen of the child's relatives and friends gathered at Coquina Beach on Sunday to wait on news from the rescue crews.
The child attended kindergarten at Samoset Elementary School in Bradenton.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is signing into law a sweeping education bill that rolls back graduation standards adopted just three years ago.
Scott on Monday gave his approval to the comprehensive bill which would also let the University of Florida take the lead in online education in the state. The state's most prestigious university would gain the right to offer bachelor degrees completely online.
Scott predicted the measure would transform education.
Three years ago legislators raised the state's graduation requirements, adding tougher courses in math such as Algebra II and science courses such as chemistry and physics.
But the new bill would remove those requirements and instead students would be allowed to take career education courses.
BOYNTON BEACH — Wildlife officials say a 6-year-old South Florida boy suffered minor injuries after being attacked by an alligator in shallow water.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Joey Welch of Pompano Beach fell Friday afternoon into the water at the edge of a boat ramp in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
Officials say the boy's father and other bystanders hit and kicked the alligator until it released the child. He was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises to his right arm, shoulder and chest. His father had a bruised right hand from punching the alligator.
The federal agency said Monday that trappers captured and killed the 8-foot-long alligator.
IN SPORTS NEWS — The Big 12 wants to have a greater postseason presence in Florida and get into more bowls that its fans can reach by car.
Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says the conference would like to have agreements with five or six bowl games.
All the major college football conferences are about to ramp up negotiations with bowl organizers as they try to put together postseason lineups for 2014 and beyond.
Bowlsby and the other nine major conference commissioners, along with Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, will meet in southern California this week to pick to the final three bowls to be involved in the six-site playoff rotation. Once those are in place, the conferences can turn their attention to the other bowls.