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5 things to know in Florida for Oct. 18

October 17, 2013
Associated Press

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

2 CONVICTED KILLERS MISTAKENLY FREED FROM FLORIDA PRISON AFTER FORGED DOCUMENTS FILED WITH COURT

Authorities are searching for Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker. Both men were serving life sentences for convictions on murder charges. They were released separately from a prison in the Panhandle in late September and early October.

COMMON CORE STANDARDS DRAWING PRAISE AND CRITICISM AT PUBLIC HEARINGS

The new academic standards are being implemented in Florida. Gov. Rick Scott called for three hearings on the standards amid outcry from tea party Republicans who say the standards represent a federal intrusion. The third will take place Thursday in Tallahassee.

FATHER TURNS IN SON TO WILDLIFE OFFICIALS AFTER 19-YEAR-OLD TEXTED PHOTO OF DEAD ALLIGATOR

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrested Corey Hardie of Palm Beach Gardens last week on charges that include the illegal killing of an alligator and killing or wounding a protected species. Officials say Hardie's father alerted the wildlife commission after his son texted a photo Aug. 4 showing him kneeling over an alligator that he said he had killed with a machete on state lands in Palm Beach County.

FISHING REOPENS IN WATERS OFF NATIONAL PARKS CLOSED DURING PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball immediately reopened Florida Bay. He says the rest of the park should be fully open by Friday.

CENTRAL FLORIDA MAN SUFFERS BURNS WHILE LIGHTING HALLOWEEN DISPLAY

Authorities say a Florida man suffered second-degree burns over roughly half his body after accidentally setting himself on fire while using gasoline, a wooden cross and candles. Palm Bay Fire Rescue spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez says it's not clear whether Nielson was trying to light the cross or the candles. She says Nielson's clothes caught on fire.

 
 

 

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