5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 8

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

FLORIDA LEGISLATORS TO VOTE ON NEW MAPS

5 Things to Know in FloridaFlorida legislators are going to vote on a proposal to tweak and alter seven of the state’s 27 congressional districts. The Florida Legislature is holding a special session to draw up a new map in order to comply with a judge’s ruling. House and Senate committees are scheduled to vote Friday on a new map that would make changes to a handful of districts located in north and central Florida.

APPEAL FILED IN BLIND TRUST CASE INVOLVING SCOTT

A former aide to the late Gov. Reubin Askew is appealing a ruling that allows elected officials to place their assets in a blind trust instead of reporting each investment publicly. Jim Apthorp challenged the state law that allows blind trusts. The only public official who is using one is Gov. Rick Scott. Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper in late July ruled that the law that authorizes blind trusts is “reasonable.”

BOY KILLED BY 2 FAMILY DOGS IN NORTH FLORIDA

Authorities say a 6-year-old boy is dead after two family dogs attacked him outside his home. Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said the attack occurred Thursday morning after the boy’s father went to work. The boy was followed by the pit bulls when he went outside to play and an aunt who was watching the boy did not notice anything unusual. A short time later, she looked outside and saw the boy lying in the driveway. The dogs were seized by Levy County Animal Control after the attack.

MARLINS PITCHER STRUCK IN HEAD BY LINE DRIVE

Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a liner off Pittsburgh Pirates player Jordy Mercer in the seventh inning Thursday night. He stumbled before going to his knees after the play. A medical staff examined him on the field and he stood up to get in a cart. He put up a right hand to acknowledge the crowd at PNC Park as he left the field.

TRAPPED MOSQUITO COULD CARRY RARE VIRUS

Health officials in Houston believe they’ve trapped a mosquito carrying a virus known as chikungunya, raising the possibility of people becoming infected locally. If confirmed by further testing, the mosquito found in Harris County would be the first in Texas to have been found carrying the virus, which has been found in the Caribbean as well as Asia and Africa. Ten people in Texas have been infected by chikungunya, but all of those cases are believed to have occurred during travel abroad. Two people in Florida last month were reported to have been infected in the United States.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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