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5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 23

January 22, 2014
Associated Press

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

WIFE OF THEATER SHOOTING VICTIM SAYS HER WORLD SHATTERED

The wife of a man who was shot and killed after an argument over texting at a movie theater says her whole world was shattered. During a news conference in Tampa on Wednesday Nicole Oulson said she's is healing from a gunshot wound and focusing on her 22-month-old daughter.

ZIMMERMAN ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT FIREFIGHTER

The Orlando attorney who successfully defended George Zimmerman after he fatally shot an unarmed teen has been hired to defend a Deltona firefighter accused of rape by a dozen women. A spokesman for Mark O'Mara confirmed Wednesday that he is representing Terry Freeman II. Freeman has been accused by 12 women of rape or attempted rape, and authorities say they've identified a possible 13th victim.

GOV. PLEDGES $130 MILLION TO EVERGLADES

Gov. Rick Scott is pledging $130 million to Everglades restoration in the upcoming budget. He made the announcement on Wednesday during a Florida Cabinet meeting in Kissimmee. Scott says the money will be used to help restore the Kissimmee River north of the Everglades and also help reconstruct a section of the Tamiani Trail so it allows water to flow south into the Everglades.

OFFICIAL: AUTO INSURANCE FIX LOWERING PREMIUMS

Florida's top insurance regulator says a fix to auto insurance laws is driving down premiums. Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty says a preliminary analysis shows a 25 percent decrease in no-fault Personal Injury Protection rates since the law was changed in 2012.

BLACK BEAR KILLED BY CARS IN SW FLA

A black bear was struck and killed by two vehicles on a Hendry County road on Monday night. The bears remains were collected by a sheriff's deputy and a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Tuesday.

 
 

 

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