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5 Things to Know in Florida for April 4

April 4, 2014
Associated Press

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

EX-PARTNER OF PONZI SCHEMER SET TO PLEAD GUILTY

A former law partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein is expected to plead guilty to charges of violating federal campaign finance laws. The attorney for 52-year-old Russell Adler confirmed that Adler will enter a guilty plea at a hearing Friday in Fort Lauderdale federal court. Adler faces a maximum five-year prison sentence.

7 WWII VETERANS FROM FLORIDA HONORED BY FRANCE

The French Consulate is awarding seven U.S. World War II veterans in Florida with its highest distinction. The French Consul General in Miami will award the veterans on Friday with the "Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor" for fighting alongside French troops during the war.

FLORIDA SENATE FORCED TO CHANGED OFFICIAL VOTE RECORD

A Florida state senator campaigning with former Gov. Sarah Palin caused a bit of a mystery. Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, was recorded as voting yes Thursday on the state budget, even though she had already left to join Palin at a backyard barbecue in Naples. Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine and the Senate Rules chairman, explained the mistake and said her vote button should have been locked after she left. The Senate then officially changed the recorded vote.

SENATE PASSES BILL FOR DAYTONA SPEEDWAY TAX BREAK

The Florida Senate has passed a bill that would give Daytona International Speedway the same tax breaks as other sports facilities in the state. The bill (SB 208), sponsored by Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, passed 32-5 Thursday. The accompanying bill (HB 127) still needs to be approved by the House before the legislation would go to the governor.

EFFORT TO EXPAND GAMING TO END

This year's quest to broaden gaming in Florida has come to an end. Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, said during session Thursday that negotiations between the state and the Seminole Indian tribe over gaming have hindered other proposals. The Seminole tribe operates seven gaming establishments in the state. Gov. Rick Scott has been in contractual meetings with the tribe for a deal that is expected to earn the state $234 million this year.

 
 

 

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