5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 23

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

SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN ORLANDO AND ATLANTA SPLIT MAJOR SCHOOL AWARD

5 Things to Know in FloridaIn a first for the prestigious education award, districts in Atlanta and Orlando will split the $1 million Broad Prize – the largest education award given to U.S. public schools. On Monday, the Gwinnett County Public Schools in metro Atlanta and the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando each were promised $500,000 in college scholarships for their high school seniors. The announcement marked the first time in its 12-year history that the Broad Prize for Urban Education has gone to two districts.

SECOND TRIAL IN LOUD MUSIC KILLING TO START MONDAY

Jury selection got underway Monday in the second trial of man accused of killing a teenager during a 2012 dispute over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Prosecutors say 17-year-old Jordan Davis died after 47-year-old Michael Dunn fired into the SUV where the teen was sitting. In a trial earlier this year, jurors found Dunn guilty on three counts of attempted murder, but they deadlocked on first-degree murder charges. He’s yet to be sentenced on the earlier conviction.

WOMAN DIES IN WRONG-WAY CRASH ON INTERSTATE 75

A 25-year-old woman is dead after her vehicle hit a tractor-trailer head-on while traveling the wrong way in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 early Monday. The crash occurred near Dade City, north of Tampa. It caused the southbound lanes of the interstate to close for several hours.

FHP: 19 PEOPLE TREATED AFTER CAR COLLIDES WITH BUS

Authorities say 19 people are being treated at area hospitals following a bus crash near Immokalee. The Florida Highway Patrol says a car crossed the center line on County Road 846 in Hendry County Monday morning causing a bus carrying farmworkers to steer toward the grassy shoulder. The left front of the car struck the bus. The bus was carrying 45 farmworkers. Eighteen people from the bus, including the driver, were taken to hospitals two area hospitals. Their injuries were considered minor.

WOMAN KILLED, MAN MISSING IN OCALA NATIONAL FOREST CANOE ACCIDENT

A woman is dead and her son is missing after their canoe sank during a family outing at Half Moon Lake in the Ocala National Forest. Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Greg Workman says the canoe began taking on water Sunday evening while three adults and two children were on board. Workman says people across the lake heard a commotion and at first thought the family was just having fun. When they noticed the yelling got stronger, they were able to head across and rescue two children and a man. The father of the children is the missing man.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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