5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 17

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Florida for Sept. 17.

UNIVERSITIES WANT BOOST IN AID FOR NEEDY STUDENTS

5 Things to Know in FloridaFlorida universities say they need millions to deal with the fallout from changes to the state’s popular Bright Futures scholarship program. The Board of Governors is expected this week to discuss a $45 million boost in financial aid that goes to students who come from lower income families. State university system officials say the money is needed from the Legislature because of the reduction in the number of students qualifying for Bright Futures. Legislators changed the eligibility standards for the lottery scholarship program in 2010 and 2011.

UNINSURED RATE REMAINS UNCHANGED IN FLORIDA

The rate of Floridians without health insurance stayed the same in 2013 from the previous year. Figures released from the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday showed that 20 percent of Floridians lacked health insurance last year. That’s down slightly from a rate of 20.1 percent in 2012, but the change is within the margin of error, rendering it insignificant. Florida ranked only behind Texas and Nevada in having the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation.

NASA ANNOUNCING WINNING COMPANIES TO CARRY ASTRONAUTS TO SPACE STATION

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, NASA will announce which one or two private companies wins the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. The deal will end NASA’s expensive reliance on Russian crew transport. NASA officials will make the long-awaited announcement at Kennedy Space Center, next door to where the launches should occur in a few years.

SHERIFF: DEPUTIES VISITED VICTIM BEFORE 4 SLAIN

Authorities in Florida say the victim of a quadruple slaying was given information on a domestic violence shelter before her ex-boyfriend killed her, her parents and another man. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said Tuesday that deputies went to the home of Megan Brown on Aug. 28. Brown told deputies that Adam Matos, the father of her son, threatened her and pulled a knife, cutting her finger.

FLORIDA MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE IVAN

Florida is marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan, which remains one of the costliest tropical storms to ever make landfall in the U.S. Ivan came ashore just west of Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Sept. 16, 2004, as a Category 3 storm. The large hurricane’s strong winds also wreaked havoc in Florida’s Panhandle. Officials say it left behind an estimated $14.2 billion in damages.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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