5 Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 16

5 Things to Know in FloridaYour daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

EX-CLINIC OWNER TO PLEAD GUILTY IN MLB DRUG CASE

The former owner of a South Florida clinic is set to plead guilty to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players, including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. A Miami federal judge set a Thursday plea hearing for Anthony Bosch, former owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables. Bosch’s attorney confirmed the guilty plea will go forward.

ELECTRIC FAN DELAYS FLORIDA GOVERNOR DEBATE

Florida Gov. Rick Scott delayed the start of a debate because of an electric fan below Democratic challenger Charlie Crist’s podium. Crist was alone on the stage for about five minutes Wednesday night at Broward College because Scott said Crist’s fan violated a rule against the use of electronic devices. Crist always uses an electronic fan at public appearances to avoid sweating. He called Scott’s position ridiculous. The Republican governor eventually strode on stage. Crist kept the fan.

MAN KILLS FORMER BOSS, THEN HIMSELF

Authorities say a chance encounter at a northeast Florida Walmart led to a man killing a former boss and then himself. The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office reports that 59-year-old Allen James Fourtunia had apparently blamed his supervisors for losing his job in 2005. When Fourtunia spotted one of those supervisors outside the Yulee Walmart Tuesday, deputies say Fourtunia ran the other man over with his car. Fourtunia then went home and shot himself.

FLORIDA TO SPEND MILLIONS ON EBOLA PREPARATION

Florida wants to spend more than $7 million to help the state prepare for a possible outbreak of Ebola. State officials told the U.S. government they want to use federal grants to buy full body suits for health care workers who may have contact with any potential victims. Gov. Rick Scott previously asked for 100 suits from the federal government, but the request has not been granted. Florida also asked for 30 additional Ebola testing kits from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOME QUESTION ARCHER MAYOR’S LONG VACATION

Some residents of a north Florida city are questioning the mayor’s extended, cross-country vacation to celebrate his wife’s retirement. The Gainesville Sun reports Archer Mayor Frank Ogborn has missed several government meetings since going on vacation with his wife in July. Former city commissioner Joan White says she emailed Ogborn asking for his resignation. He declined but White contends he should have forfeited his office if he knew he was going to be gone so long.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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