5 Things to Know in Florida for March 20

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

Funeral Held For Former Florida Gov. Askew

Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who was known as a progressive leader in a time of great social change, was remembered during a funeral service Wednesday for his push for racial equality in the state. A military color guard carried Askew’s flag-draped coffin into the Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, for the service attended by Gov. Rick Scott, former Florida governors and other dignitaries.

Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Terrorism Charges

A 20-year-old Florida man has pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges after authorities say he conspired to aid al-Qaida and traveled to the Middle East to join terrorist groups. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville reports that Shelton Thomas Bell pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

Trial Delayed For Man Accused Of Killing Girl

A judge has delayed the trail of a registered sex offender who is accused of killing an 8-year-old Jacksonville girl. Donal James Smith was scheduled for trial in May but his defense team asked for more time to prepare. The trial is now set for October.

Deputies Search For Persons Of Interest In Triple Killing

Authorities are searching for two homeless men who have been classified as persons of interest in the deaths of three other homeless people near Orlando. The bodies were found Tuesday in a shed near Orlando. Deputies say victims appear to have known their attackers. The investigation is continuing.

Legislators Draw Up Spending Plans For Education

Florida legislators are drawing up rival spending plans for education. This week both houses are starting work on a new state budget. While the House is proposing to increase spending on public schools by nearly $741 million, the Senate plan will likely call for increasing spending on public schools to $651 million.

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