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5 Things to Know in Florida for July 11

July 11, 2014
Associated Press

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

GUILTY PLEA SET IN FBI CHAT ROOM TERROR CASE

One of two men charged in an FBI online chat room sting operation is planning to plead guilty to terrorism support charges. A change-of-plea plea hearing is set for Friday in Miami before U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro for Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, who had previously pleaded not guilty. Mohammed is a naturalized U.S. citizen from India who relocated in 2011 to Saudi Arabia.

FLORIDA EXECUTES MAN FOR 1994 RAPE, MURDER OF GIRL

Florida prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted of the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl. It was the state's sixth execution this year. Eddie Wayne Davis was executed at Florida State Prison by injection at 6:43 p.m. Davis, 45, was convicted in 1995 of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery in the slaying of Kimberly Waters, the daughter of a woman Davis had dated briefly.

FLORIDA KEYS TO GET EXTRA AREA CODE IN 2015

Residents living in the Florida Keys will soon have to dial 10 numbers to make a call. The Florida Public Service Commission on Thursday approved an implementation plan to add a second area code to the chain of islands that stretch out from southern tip of Florida. The 786 area code will be extended to the Keys because available 305 area code numbers will be exhausted next year. Both 786 and 305 are already used in Miami-Dade County.

MAP PREDICTING SINKHOLE-PRONE AREAS IN WORKS

State geologists are on their way to creating a statewide map showing where sinkholes are most likely to form. Last year, Florida got more than $1 million in federal funding for a three-year study. A pilot program in Columbia, Hamilton and Suwannee counties ended in May. Professionals with the Florida Geological Survey visited about 230 locations, sampling and studying the land.

FLORIDA TEACHER OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED

A central Florida elementary school art teacher has been named Florida's 2015 Teach of the Year. Christie Bassett, of Highlands Grove Elementary School in Polk County, was announced as the winner in Orlando Thursday night at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios. Bassett will receive a $10,000 grant funded by the Macy's Foundation.

 
 

 

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