News Minute: Here is the latest Florida news from The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Emergency managers, forecasters and local government officials from Texas to Maine are meeting this week at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando. The director of the National Hurricane Center and Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate will address the conference today.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The members of a 2002 task force that recommended limits on certain medical malpractice awards are calling for a constitutional amendment that would place the caps on solid footing. The move comes after a Florida Supreme Court decision that struck down those caps as unconstitutional.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a surfer was bitten by a shark off a central Florida beach. Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials say the 25-year-old Orlando man was surfing yesterday morning off New Smyrna Beach. Officials say the surfer suffered a minor cut to the foot and did not go to the hospital.

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire. As part of a deal with Polk County prosecutors to avoid the death penalty, 34-year-old Joshua Kimbrough pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder. His wife was 26-year-old Megan Kimbrough.

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