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5 Things to Know in Florida for April 29

April 29, 2014
Associated Press

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

AMERICAN TO PLEAD GUILTY IN '84 CUBA HIJACKING

An American who returned from Cuba decades after hijacking a jetliner to the communist island is scheduled to plead guilty in South Florida federal court. U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum set a plea change hearing Tuesday afternoon for 57-year-old William Potts, who had previously pleaded not guilty. Potts said he returned last year from Cuba to resolve the U.S. case.

JURORS DELIBERATING EX-HIALEAH MAYOR IN TAX CASE

A Miami jury is returning for more deliberations in the trial of Hialeah's former mayor and his wife on charges of underreporting taxes and lying to federal agents. Jurors on Monday began debating whether Julio and Raiza Robaina failed to report about $2 million in income between 2005 and 2010. Some was cash payments on high-interest personal loans they made to friends and associates, including a convicted Ponzi schemer. The jury is continuing deliberations Tuesday.

JURY SELECTION CONTINUES IN TEENS' SLAYING CASE

Jury selection will continue in the trial of a Tampa mom accused of killing her two teenagers. Julie Schenecker is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors, Schenecker's defense attorneys and Hillsborough County Judge Emmett Battles questioned dozens of potential jurors on Monday. More potential jurors will be called Tuesday.

STORMS, POTENTIAL FLOODING FORECAST FOR NORTH FLORIDA

The state meteorologist says north Florida is at risk for stormy weather spawned by the same system that produced a powerful tornado in Arkansas. Amy Godsey of Florida's Department of Emergency Management says river levels already are elevated, so the potential for flooding is high. Officials say the storm system was expected to enter the region late Monday and linger through Wednesday night.

DEVELOPMENT APPROVED AT FORMER BURT REYNOLDS RANCH

Officials in Palm Beach County have given the go-ahead to convert Burt Reynolds' former ranch into a 30-home development. The actor sold the 153-acre Jupiter Farms site during bankruptcy proceedings in the 1990s. Commissioners unanimously approved a plan Monday to double the number of homes previously agreed to be built on the site.

 
 

 

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