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5 things to know in Florida for Nov. 18

November 18, 2013
Associated Press

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES GATHER IN MIAMI

Immigration advocates from around the country are gathering to move the discussion about who will be granted legal status to examine how the United States can more quickly integrate its newest members into its civic and economic life. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, Rep. Luis Gutierrez and American Book Award winner Edwidge Danticat are among the speakers at the National Immigrant Integration Conference, which runs through Tuesday in Miami.

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ TO VISIT PANAMA TO DISCUSS CANAL EXPANSION

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz are traveling to Panama on Monday to discuss the expansion of the Panama Canal. Schultz has advocated expanding Port Everglades and the Port of Miami, saying they play a crucial role in South Florida's economy. Republican Gov. Rick Scott has also rallied around Florida port expansions.

SYBRINA FULTON TO TALK ABOUT "STAND YOUR GROUND" SELF-DEFENSE LAWS AT HARVARD

The mother of Trayvon Martin will speak at Harvard Law School Monday about changing "stand your ground" self-defense laws. Sybrina Fulton's 17-year-old son was shot in central Florida in 2012 by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in July. Last month, she told a panel of U.S. senators that the laws don't work and must be amended. Republicans said it should be left to the states that passed the laws.

NASA HEADING BACK TO MARS

NASA is headed back to Mars, this time with a robotic scout named Maven that will attempt to solve the mystery of the red planet's radical climate change. Maven is scheduled to blast off aboard an unmanned rocket Monday afternoon.

WINSTON'S ATTORNEY CRITICIZES STATE ATTORNEY

The lawyer for Florida State's Jameis Winston is criticizing State Attorney Willie Meggs for his public comments about the ongoing sexual assault investigation of the Seminoles' quarterback and for how the prosecutor has handled the probe. Meggs told the AP Saturday he is concerned that media attention has focused primarily on Winston, 19, a Heisman Trophy contender for the second-ranked Seminoles.

 
 

 

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