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5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 21

August 20, 2014
Associated Press

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

NEW MAP FOR CONGRESS GOES BEFORE FLORIDA JUDGE

A Florida judge is going to review a new congressional map approved by the state Legislature. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether the map approved last week by legislators is constitutional. Lewis earlier this summer ruled that congressional districts drawn up in 2012 were illegal because they were drawn to benefit Republicans.

SEAWORLD DROPS APPEAL OF OSHA VIOLATION

SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale. The marine park company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week that it wasn't going to pursue the appeal of a federal appeals court's decision to uphold the citations.

PRISON OFFICIALS VOW TO REFORM SYSTEM

State correction officials vowed Wednesday to make prisons safer by improving transparency and beefing up investigations following criticism for the handling of inmate deaths. The agency came under scrutiny after the death of mentally ill inmate Darren Rainey, who was placed alone in a locked, closet-like shower in 2012 for more than two hours with water that measured as high as 180 degrees. Fellow inmates said Rainey, 50, was put in the shower after he defecated in his cell and refused to clean it up, the Miami Herald reported.

TEENS CHARGED WITH TRESPASSING AT RAY ALLEN'S HOME

Seven teenagers accused of walking through an unlocked door at the home of former Miami Heat player Ray Allen have been charged with trespassing. Police say the teens were attending a party next door when they entered the Coral Gables home last week. Allen's wife and children were sleeping upstairs. Allen's wife woke up and screamed, and the teens ran.

STATE SAYS PORT MIAMI DREDGING IS DAMAGING

State environmental inspectors say a $205 million project to deepen Port Miami is damaging sea life and smothering coral. The Department of Environmental Protection warned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week that the work violates state permits. The Corps was given two weeks to respond to Monday's letter.

 
 

 

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