5 Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 23

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BAIL HEARING FOR ALLEGED SUPPLIER IN MLB DRUG CASE

A bail hearing is set for a South Florida man described by authorities as a chemist who supplied banned substances that were provided by a clinic to Major League Baseball players and other athletes. Prosecutors say they will seek pretrial detention for Paulo Berejuk at the Thursday afternoon hearing. He’s accused of conspiracy to distribute testosterone in the case centered on now-closed clinic Biogenesis of America and its former owner, Anthony Bosch.

IMMIGRANT GROUPS MOBILIZE FLORIDA MINORITY VOTERS

Some door knockers may not be eligible to vote themselves, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying to persuade thousands of others to head to the polls. Immigrant groups in Miami-Dade and Polk counties said this week they have visited more than 25,000 homes to encourage minority residents to vote next month.

STRIP CLUB OWNERS SAY COUNTY OWES THEM $5 MILLION

Sarasota County commissioners voted unanimously to reject a claim from a strip club that sought more than $5 million in losses as a result of the county’s rules against nudity. The owners of the Cheetah Lounge demanded compensation through the so-called “Harris Act.” The law allows private businesses to sue governments over regulations that diminish property values.

HOSPITAL OFFERS OPTIONS TO BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS

A Miami hospital is opening a clinic for patients opposed to receiving blood transfusions. The clinic will open Thursday in the Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Hospital officials say some patients oppose receiving blood transfusions because of religious convictions, safety concerns or other personal reasons.

FLORIDA GOV. SCOTT TO PAY FOR HIS OWN CAMPAIGN

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is going to pump millions into his own re-election despite already outspending his main opponent in the race. Scott told a Miami television station on Wednesday that he is going to be “investing” in his race, although he did not cite a specific amount. Scott also told WFOR-TV that he was dipping into his own wallet to “offset” what he called a “smear campaign” by wealthy California billionaire Tom Steyer.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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