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5 things to know in Florida for Sept. 18

September 17, 2013
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

FIRM WITH JORDACHE TIE TOP BIDDER FOR VERSACE HOME

The new owners of the South Beach mansion where Gianni Versace lived and died said Tuesday that they hope to use the Italian fashion designer's name and legacy in rebranding the property as a hotel. VM South Beach LLC bid $41.5 million for the oceanfront property on Miami Beach's touristy Ocean Drive. The company's principals include the Nakash family of New York, which controls Jordache Enterprises.

OFFICIALS: SARASOTA GOP LEADER STOLE RIVAL'S NAME

A former leader of Sarasota's Republican Party allegedly stole a GOP rival's name to make donations to the campaigns of President Barack Obama and other Democrats. Investigators say Robert Waechter wanted to make Lourdes Ramirez appear to be a disloyal Republican and hurt her possible campaign for the Sarasota County Commission.

'HICCUP GIRL' ON TRIAL ON MURDER CHARGE IN FLORIDA

A Florida woman who appeared on several national television programs as a teen because of her uncontrollable hiccupping went on trial on a murder charge on Tuesday. Prosecutors and attorneys for Jennifer Mee began selecting a jury in a Pinellas County courtroom. Judge Nancy Moate Ley told potential jurors that the trial would probably wrap up by the end of the week.

FLORIDA HIRES STEWART AS NEW EDUCATION COMMISSIONER

Florida's new education commissioner is Pam Stewart. The Florida State Board of Education voted Tuesday to hire Stewart as the permanent successor to Tony Bennett. Bennett abruptly resigned from the job in August. Stewart, 60, has been interim commissioner. The board decided to hire her for the permanent job instead of launching a national search.

FLORIDA CITIES' ECONOMIC OUTPUT GROWS

The economic output in Florida's three largest metro areas grew by more than 3 percent last year. The Bureau of Economic Analysis said Tuesday that the gross domestic product grew by 3.5 percent in South Florida, 3.1 percent in Tampa and 3 percent in Orlando. South Florida is made up of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

 
 

 

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