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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Early version moved. Will be updated from hearing.

FCAT SCORES: Expected by 4 p.m.


SANFORD — An expert hired by an Orlando newspaper testified Friday that screams for help on 911 calls don't match neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman's voice. Tom Owen testified on the second day of a hearing that will determine whether voice identification experts can be used at Zimmerman's second-degree trial for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The trial starts Monday and Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense. Owen was hired by the Orlando Sentinel last year to compare a voice sample of Zimmerman with screams for help captured on 911 calls made by neighbors. He said Zimmerman's voice doesn't match the screams. He only compared Zimmerman's voice to the 911 calls because he didn't have a voice sample for Martin at the time. By Mike Schneider.


TALLAHASSEE — Florida released test scores on Friday that show that many of its students continue to struggle in math and reading. The scores for the most part were flat, or even showed declines, such as in math. Some of the math decline can be explained in that some students were taking the new end-of-course assessment in algebra instead of the FCAT. Results for end of year tests in algebra and biology were up over last year. Education Commissioner Tony Bennett described the overall results as a "mixed bag" and said the flat FCAT scores shows a potential lack of focus in certain key areas. However, the state is going to be soon transitioning away from FCAT as it moves to common core standards. By Gary Fineout. ETA: 4 P.M.


ATLANTA — Leaders in the Southeast should pay more attention to the environmental damage caused by a long-running water dispute between Alabama, Florida and Georgia, environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. said this week. Kennedy, president of the Waterkeepers Alliance, is visiting Georgia this week for a national meeting of the group's supporters. He is the son of the late New York Sen. Robert Kennedy and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy. By Ray Henry.


FATHER-CHILD'S DEATH — A Polk County man has been charged with manslaughter after an autopsy revealed his 5-week-old son suffered from blunt force trauma to the head.

BUS CRASH — Two young brothers, an aide and bus driver walked away from a crash early Friday that left a school bus upside down in Ybor City near downtown Tampa.

USF-HIGHER FEES — Out-of-state students will pay more to attend the University of South Florida.

MALL-POWER OUTAGE — South Florida mega mall Sawgrass Mills is set to reopen a day after a massive power outage.

BABY LEFT IN CAR — A Polk County sheriff's detention deputy and a Highlands County mother have been charged after the woman's child was left in a hot car and died.

FLORIDA OFFICER SHOT — Defense attorneys are seeking a new sentencing hearing for a teen convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of a St. Petersburg police officer.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING — A man is recovering from injuries after being shot by an officer during a foot chase.

FACEBOOK-TURKEY CHARGES — Four men are facing charges after Florida wildlife officials spotted a Facebook posting that shows pictures of them posing with wild turkeys and a dead alligator.

NBA FINALS-WAGER — Miami and San Antonio fire rescue officials are making a friendly wager on the outcome of the NBA finals.



MIAMI — The San Antonio Spurs' game plan against LeBron James in Game 1 in the NBA Finals didn't seem much different than the one from 2007. Yet James, a better player now with better help around him, still couldn't solve it, leaving the Miami Heat looking for answers in the two days before Game 2. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. AP Photos


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