5 Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 22

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

SCOTT AND CRIST SET TO CLASH IN FINAL DEBATE BEFORE ELECTION

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist are squaring off in their final debate. The debate, which starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, will be held at the studios of Jacksonville television station WJXT. It will be broadcast live on CNN. Last week’s live debate drew national attention and ridicule because the start was delayed by several minutes.

A NEW ERA HAS ARRIVED FOR THE MIAMI HEAT

Chris Bosh didn’t want this to happen. He’s still going to embrace his newfound opportunity. Make no mistake, the Miami Heat know that they are entering a new world, one that lacks widespread championship expectations and doesn’t feature the player generally considered the best in the game right now. LeBron James is gone, the Big 3 era is finished and the Heat – the franchise that has won the last four Eastern Conference titles – have to prove themselves all over again. Bosh says bring it on.

CLARITY SOUGHT ON FAST-TRACKED HAITIAN IMMIGRATION

Haitian immigration advocates in Miami are anxious for federal officials to clarify how they’ll fast-track immigration for a limited number of Haitians approved to join relatives in the U.S. The Obama administration announced Friday that the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program will allow Haitians scheduled to receive a visa within two years to move to the U.S. They also will receive work permits.

SARASOTA HOMEOWNER FATALLY SHOOTS INTRUDER

Police are investigating after a resident shot and killed an intruder who broke into a Sarasota home. The shooting occurred before 6 a.m. Tuesday. Deputies called to the home found the man deceased inside. They haven’t released the names of the intruder or the homeowner or other details of the incident.

CYCLIST FATALLY STRUCK BY TRAIN

Authorities say a commuter train fatally struck a 53-year-old cyclist near Fort Lauderdale. The crash happened Monday as Jerry Smith failed to yield at an intersection in Dania Beach. The Broward Sheriff’s Office said Monday that all safety equipment including lights, bells and gates were working properly as the train neared the intersection. Deputies say Smith navigated around the safety gates and tried to cross the tracks ahead of the train. He was struck and thrown off the bicycle.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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