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5 things to know in Florida for Sept. 20

September 19, 2013
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

SCOTT SEEKS SUPREME COURT REVIEW OF WORKER DRUG TEST

A lawyer for Gov. Rick Scott told a federal judge Thursday that his client intends to take his fight for random drug tests of tens of thousands of state employees all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Charles Trippe, who was previously Scott's general counsel and is now in private practice, could not persuade U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro to delay further proceedings in the case while the state appeals.

FLORIDA PROSECUTOR: LAWYER 'GAMED' LEGAL SYSTEM

Florida's statewide prosecutor told a jury during opening statements Thursday that a Jacksonville lawyer "gamed" the legal system by helping create a network of gambling centers throughout Florida, but the defense said Kelly Mathis did nothing more than provide legal advice.

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT ASKED TO OVERTURN FPL RATE HIKE

The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to overturn a rate hike approved for the state's largest utility. On Thursday, the court held oral arguments on whether regulators should have approved an increase for Florida Power & Light Co. that could add charges to monthly bills over the next three years.

2 MORE CASES OF DENGUE FEVER CONFIRMED

Health officials say two more cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in central Florida. This brings the total number of cases in Florida to 20. All of the patients contracted the fever in either Rio or Jensen Beach.

CENSUS: INCOME IS STAGNANT IN FLORIDA

Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show household income in Florida continues to stagnate almost five years from the depth of recession. The Census figures released Thursday also show that Florida's largest metro areas — South Florida, Tampa and Orlando — rank at the bottom in income levels for the nation's most populous cities.

 
 

 

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