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5 Things to Know in Florida for April 18

April 17, 2014
Associated Press

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AFFIDAVIT: SMUGGLER THREATS FOLLOW PUIG FROM CUBA

Court documents in Miami say the smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig. The boxer describes in an affidavit a dangerous odyssey of shady characters, unpaid smuggling debts and threats of violence that have followed Puig since he left Cuba in June 2012.

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT: CIVIL RIGHTS LAW PROTECTS PREGNANT WOMEN

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that employers cannot discriminate against pregnant women under the state's civil rights act. In a 6-to-1 opinion handed down Thursday, the court overturned a lower court in the case of a woman who worked for a South Florida property developer. She alleged that after she became pregnant, the company began extra scrutiny of her work and refused to schedule her after she returned from maternity leave.

1 STUDENT INJURED IN SOUTH FLORIDA SCHOOL STABBING

Authorities say they've arrested a student who stabbed another student at a South Florida high school. A Sunrise police spokeswoman says the victim is being treated at a local hospital. His condition was not immediately known. The attack happened in the gym at Piper High School. Both students attend the school. Their ages or grades were not immediately known.

STATE GIVES PRELIMINARY APPROVAL TO LIONFISH BAN

A ban on imports of lionfish into Florida has won preliminary approval from the state's wildlife commission. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also wants to make it easier for more people to catch lionfish in the wild. Aquarium shops would be allowed to obtain new lionfish from divers.

PANHANDLE WOMAN SENTENCED FOR LEAVING PETS TO DIE

A judge sentenced a Santa Rosa County woman to one year and one day in prison for leaving six pets to starve to death in an abandoned house. Toni Phelps repeatedly told Judge John Simon that she didn't leave the three dogs and three cats in the house in 2012. But he had little sympathy, calling the action "terrible."

 
 

 

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