5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 19

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GROUPS ASK JUDGE TO REJECT NEW MAP FOR CONGRESS

A coalition suing to change Florida’s congressional districts is asking a judge to reject a newly proposed map. The Florida Legislature last week passed a new map that alters seven of 27 congressional districts. Lawmakers adopted the new map after Judge Terry Lewis ruled the current congressional map was drawn to benefit Republicans. But the League of Women Voters of Florida and other groups on Monday filed court papers maintaining the new map is “brazenly partisan” and was adopted in a partisan process. They want Lewis to impose his own map.

EX-SEN. DAWSON GETS REHAB FOR DRUG VIOLATION

Former state Sen. Mandy Dawson has been ordered into a residential treatment program after violating probation because of cocaine use. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola also sentenced Dawson on Monday to time served for violating her probation. Dawson spent 67 days in jail since testing positive in June for cocaine in a urine sample test. Dawson was on probation at the time for a 2012 tax evasion conviction. Scola ordered a new probation term of just over seven months.

SPACEWALKING ASTRONAUTS RELEASE BABY SATELLITE

5 Things to Know in FloridaSpacewalking astronauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth. Russian Oleg Artemiev cast the 4-inch box off with his gloved right hand as the International Space Station sailed 260 miles above the cloud-flecked planet. The nanosatellite gently tumbled as it cleared the vicinity of the orbiting complex, precisely as planned.

COST OF SECURITY FOR GOVERNOR, ELECTED OFFICIALS

Florida taxpayers spent more than $2.46 million to provide security for Gov. Rick Scott as well as governors from other states. A new report released Friday showed the state spent that much on security between July 2013 and June 2014.

BROADWAY MUSICAL ABOUT GLORIDA AND EMILIO ESTEFAN OPENS CASTING PROCESS

The musical about Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio is dancing to Broadway and you could earn a part in it – even playing Gloria. Producers of “On Your Feet!” said Monday they’ll offer performers around the world a chance to audition for all the roles in the Broadway-bound cast by submitting audition videos online. There also will be two open casting calls – at Pearl Studios in New York City on Sep. 9 and at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Sept. 21.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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