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5 Things to Know in Florida for June 3

June 3, 2014
Associated Press

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

FLORIDA REDISTRICTING TRIAL COMING TO AN END

A landmark trial over whether Florida legislators broke the law when drawing up new political maps for Congress is reaching its conclusion. Attorneys for the Legislature are expected Tuesday to put their final witnesses on the stand. Both sides in the case may give closing statements on Wednesday. It will then be up to Circuit Judge Terry Lewis to decide whether or not legislators violated a 2010 constitutional amendment.

FUGITIVE IN FLORIDA TROOPER CRASH CAUGHT DECADE LATER

A man convicted in a fiery alcohol-related crash that severely injured a Florida state trooper has been captured after 10 years as a fugitive. U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Barry Golden says Panamanian authorities arrested Samuel Silva last week. Silva was flown Monday to South Florida. Silva was sentenced to more than nine years in prison for the crash that seriously burned the trooper.

TERRORISM CASE CONTINUES IN TAMPA

Jurors in the Sami Osmakac terrorism trial were given a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the FBI team that created the sting operation that caught him. The Tampa Tribune reports that on Monday, an undercover FBI agent using the name "Amir" testified behind a screen. The agent said under cross-examination that some of his conversations with fellow agents were inadvertently captured on audio recordings by the equipment used to record his encounters with Osmakac.

MISSING: 400 POUNDS OF YELLOWTAIL STOLEN FROM KEYS

Authorities in the Florida Keys are investigating the theft of 400 pounds of fish. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office reported Monday in a statement that the fish were stolen over the weekend from a fishing boat docked at a marina in Key West. The owner of the boat told deputies he left his catch of yellowtail behind on Friday night. By the next morning, the fish were gone. A friend sleeping on the boat said he did not hear anything.

$4.8 MILLION GRANT AWARDED TO PROPOSED TAMPA FERRY

A proposed public-private high-speed ferry that would link MacDill Air Force Base to downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg got a big boost with the news of a $4.8 million federal grant for the project. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, on Monday announced the U.S. Department of Transportation grant to Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, the agency that would operate the ferry, which would also run to Gibsonton in southern Hillsborough County.

 
 

 

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