News Minute: Here is the latest Florida news from The Associated - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

News Minute: Here is the latest Florida news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded by a gunman last year at a congressional baseball practice, says he is "irate" that a sheriff's deputy did not try to stop the shooter at a Florida high school last week. The Louisiana Republican says he was "blessed" that two U.S. Capitol police officers engaged the shooter at the baseball practice, saving Scalise and other members of Congress.

MIAMI (AP) - Trepidation and tears: As teachers in Parkland, Florida, return to their classrooms after a horrific mass shooting, some are looking for personal mementoes to help them cope. Following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the building where 17 people were slain will be torn down. Before that happens, 30 classrooms must be cleared of teaching materials, personal items and memories.

STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A convicted rapist and killer executed in Florida didn't go quietly during the procedure but Department of Corrections spokeswoman Michelle Glady said "there was no indication" that the process of execution was the cause. Authorities say Eric Scott Branch let out a blood-curdling scream. Then he yelled "murderers! murderers! murderers!" as he thrashed on a gurney as he was being put to death for the 1993 rape and slaying of a college student.

MIAMI (AP) - A former Florida city commissioner has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison following a wide-ranging corruption investigation. A U.S. Department of Justice news release says 56-year-old Luis Santiago was sentenced Thursday.

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