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The latest on Florida school shooting: Gun amendments fail in Florida Senate

Maddy Wilford: We need to stick together

People dressed in white costumes as angels stand by a makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Thousands of students joined their parents in walking past the three-story building at the Florida high school where the Feb. 14 shooting took place. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)
People dressed in white costumes as angels stand by a makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Thousands of students joined their parents in walking past the three-story building at the Florida high school where the Feb. 14 shooting took place. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

PARKLAND, Fla. – Here's the Latest on the aftermath of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland that left 17 people dead.

4:45 p.m.

The Florida House is expected to subpoena records from embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and several agencies that interacted with suspect Nikolas Cruz.

A House committee on Monday recommended that the full House initiate a formal investigation into how government agencies dealt with Cruz and how law-enforcement responded to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The full House is expected to vote to issue the subpoenas as early as Wednesday.

The targets of subpoena will be Broward County government, the Broward County School Board, the Coral Springs Police Department, the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the Palm Beach Sheriff's Department.

4:00 p.m.

Democrats tried and failed to pass amendments to the Florida Senate's school safety bill, including a provision to allow teachers to carry guns in schools if they receive training and are deputized by a sheriff's office.

The Senate Rules committee met Monday met to consider raising the age for gun purchases to 21 and to impose a three-day waiting period for all gun sales.

Democratic Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez said without a complete ban, gun owners could drive 45 minutes north to Georgia and buy bump stocks, or order them over the internet. NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer argued against the bump stock ban.

The committee also was taking up an amendment to ban assault-style rifles, which prompted dozens of gun safety activists to sign up and speak. They booed Hammer as she opposed the ban and argued that it would virtually outlaw every gun.

3:30 p.m.

Lawyers for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz are seeking to disqualify a judge from presiding over the case.

The attorneys say Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer has made rulings and comments that indicate favoritism for prosecutors. They say in court papers that Cruz can't get a fair trial and want Scherer to step aside for a new judge.

Cruz's lawyers' concerns revolve around a debate last week on whether to keep a defense confidential motion secret. Scherer has made no decision on whether to disqualify herself.

Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder in the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

2 p.m.

A National Parks Services spokesman says a gun violence march in Washington set for March 24 needs a new site.

National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst tells WTOP-FM that March for Our Lives submitted a permit to hold the protest at the National Mall on March 24, but that day has already been reserved.

March for Our Lives is a nationwide demonstration sparked by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people earlier this month.

Litterst says a filming permit was requested for some of the same areas march organizers requested. He says his agency is working with the group to find another space. He says West Potomac Park is an option and that Pennsylvania Avenue, which is under the city's jurisdiction, is being considered.

1 p.m.

Melania Trump says she has been "heartened" to see children "across this country" speaking out after the deadly shooting at a Florida high school.

The first lady says children are the future and "they deserve a voice."

Mrs. Trump commented Monday at a White House lunch for spouses of the nation's governors, who are in Washington for their annual meeting.

Seventeen students and teachers were killed nearly two weeks ago in the shooting at the Parkland, Florida, school. The first lady joined President Donald Trump when he visited in Florida with victims of the shooting and law enforcement officers who responded.

The first lady says that she can't imagine the kind of grief a tragedy like that brings. She and the president have an 11-year-old son, Barron.

12:40 p.m.

Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who's a Democratic candidate for governor, led a rally of more than 1,000 in heavy rain on the Capitol steps in Florida.

He called for a ban on assault rifles and criticized the National Rifle Association for advocating to arm teachers.

Twenty buses from around the state brought protesters to the Capitol. They wore orange T-shirts that said #GunReformNow. One protester held a sign with an image from the movie "The Sixth Sense" with the words "I SEE DEAD PEOPLE ... THANKS TO THE GOP AND NRA." Other signs said, "Go Away NRA" and "Hey Lawmakers! Take the Pledge. No NRA Money."

12:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump has concluded his meeting with governors on how to address school shootings.

During a 75-minute event on Monday, Trump called on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to outline the steps he is taking to respond to the Feb. 13 shooting in Parkland, Fla. Scott said he plans to increase funding to protect schools and to tighten gun restrictions on those with mental health issues.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, one of two Democrats to address Trump publicly, spoke up in condemnation of Trump's calls to arm teachers to respond to school shootings.

Inslee told the president, "We need a little less Tweeting, a little more listening." Trump defended the proposal, saying he believes "retribution" is the only way to prevent more school shootings.

12:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he doesn't want all teachers to carry guns — just those who have a "natural talent."

Speaking to the nation's governors in the White House, the president responded Monday to news coverage of his calls to arm teachers to prevent school shootings after the mass school shooting that killed 17 people.

Trump says he wants "highly-trained people that have a natural talent, like hitting a baseball or hitting a golf ball or putting" to be armed in schools.

Trump says the only way to stop school shootings is "retribution." He says "the bad guy has to understand that there's a big price to pay if your mess around with our students."

12 p.m.

The attorney for former Broward County Sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson says accusations are untrue that he acted unprofessionally and cowardly during a school shooting that left 17 people dead.

Speaking for Scot Peterson, lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo said Monday that the one-time school resource officer of the year didn't go inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because it sounded like the shooting was happening outside the building.

DiRuzzo said in a news release Monday that Peterson is confident he followed procedures and will be exonerated. Peterson resigned last week after Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel accused him of improperly failing to confront the shooter.

Some politicians say Israel needs to go because his office ignored warnings about Nikolas Cruz reported in more than a dozen tipster calls.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran also alleges the sheriff did not properly train Peterson.

11:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he had lunch during the weekend with key leaders of the National Rifle Association as he seeks to address gun violence and school safety.

Trump is telling the nation's governors that he had lunch with the NRA's Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox and expressing surprise that word of the lunch didn't leak to the media.

The president says the NRA officials, "want to do something" to address the issue.

The president says there is "no bigger fan of the Second Amendment than me," but there's a need to boost background checks and ensure that a "sicko" is unable to get a gun.

He's also telling the governors about the need to increase access to mental institutions.

11:20 a.m.

Before he was gunned down in a mass shooting at a Florida high school, 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver was excited about Dwyane Wade's return to the Miami Heat.

His parents revealed Sunday on Univision talk show Al Punto that Joaquin Oliver was buried Feb. 17 in his Dwyane Wade basketball jersey.

Wade, who had played in Miami before leaving for Chicago and then Cleveland, returned to the Heat about a week before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 14 students and three adults. He responded to the news of Oliver being buried in a Wade jersey by tweeting, "You're about to make me cry this afternoon."

11:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump is telling the nation's governors that he would have run into the deadly Florida high school shooting "even if I didn't have a weapon."

The president is again finding fault with officers who didn't stop the Florida gunman who carried out the massacre earlier this month. Trump says the deputies "weren't exactly Medal of Honor winners."

He tells 39 of the nation's governors, "I really believe I'd run in there even if I didn't have a weapon."

Trump is vowing to turn the nation's "grief into action" following the mass school shooting that killed 17 people. Trump says that while "our nation is heartbroken," the U.S. needs "to have action" on measures related to school safety and gun violence.

10:40 a.m.

A tearful student who was wounded in the shooting rampage at a Florida high school thanked the doctors and first responders who helped her and said she's making a full recovery.

Speaking at a hospital news conference Monday, 17-year-old Maddy Wilford said "it's times like these when I know that we need to stick together."

Wilford has undergone three surgeries since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. She appeared at the news conference with her parents and with doctors and first responders who helped her on the day of the shooting.

The accused gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is facing 17 counts of murder in the shootings.

8:30 a.m.

Eric Trump says there is room for "common sense" gun measures in the wake of a Florida school shooting.

Trump spoke on "Fox and Friends" Monday. He called himself a "big Second Amendment person," but suggested support for raising the age limit to buy certain weapons and strengthening background checks.

Says Trump: "We can't have our kids shot up in schools."

Since a mass shooting at a Florida high school on February 14, President Donald Trump has offered a number of ideas. They include raising the minimum age to purchase assault-style weapons and arming teachers, though on Saturday the president tweeted that the latter was "Up to states."

   Congress returns to work Monday after a 10-day break under pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence.

3 a.m.

Students are easing their way back to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School nearly two weeks after one of their former classmates killed 17 people with an assault weapon.

Several thousand students and parents lined up Sunday to enter the campus, walking solemnly but resolutely through gates that had been locked to all but law enforcement and school officials since the Valentine's Day shooting.

They were there to collect backpacks and other belongings left behind as they fled the massacre. The freshman building where the shooting happened is now cordoned off and covered with banners from other schools showing solidarity.

The 3,200-student school reopens Wednesday.

1:19 a.m.

President Donald Trump says the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school is the top issue he wants to discuss with the nation's governors.

Under pressure to act to stem gun violence on school grounds, Trump planned to solicit input from the state chief executives during meetings Monday at the White House. The governors are in Washington for their annual winter meeting.

But socializing was the focus Sunday night as Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted the governors for an annual black-tie ball.