5 Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 5

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

FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S RACE COULD BE HISTORIC

The outcome in Florida’s brutal and expensive race for governor is likely to be historic regardless of what happens on Election Day. Incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist have been locked in a tight race for weeks now that has been bitter and personal. Scott is trying to become the second GOP governor ever in state history to win re-election and it would be remarkable since his approval ratings have never been over 50 percent. If Crist wins, it would mean a former governor taking back his old job after switching parties. Crist is running for governor four years after he gave up the office to mount an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate.

GREEN DYE RELEASED INTO EVERGLADES IN EXPERIMENT

Neon green dye is being released into the Everglades to help scientists refine projects aimed at restoring the natural flow of water through the wetlands. Starting Tuesday, officials are substantially increasing the flow of water from the wetlands north of Everglades National Park south toward Florida Bay. They’ll track the dye over the next three months through several miles of the Everglades in an area drained by a system of canals and levels.

US PROSECUTORS: A-ROD PAID COUSIN TO BE QUIET

The U.S. government says New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez gave his cousin nearly $1 million last year to keep secret Rodriguez’s use of performance enhancing drugs. In court documents filed last week in Miami, federal prosecutors said Rodriguez made four wire payments totaling $900,000 between June 2013 and September 2013 to settle a threatened lawsuit by Yuri Sucart, who had worked as Rodriguez’s personal assistant. The total value of that settlement could be nearly $2 million, when factoring in other elements of the deal such as a home, a car and insurance.

MAN GETS LIFE SENTENCE FOR RAPING PANHANDLE WOMAN

A 27-year-old Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping a Florida woman after offering her a ride home. Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet on Monday sentenced Corderro Ryan Britten to a minimum mandatory 25 years in prison, followed by 50 years. Prosecutors say the Cincinnati man pulled off road while taking the woman home from a party on Sept. 30, 2013. He beat and raped her in the car and left her on the side of the road, miles from her home.

BURGER KING: CHICKEN FRIES HELP LIFT US SALES

Burger King said bringing back its “Chicken Fries” helped sales jump in the U.S. and Canada by the biggest amount in two years. The Miami-based chain said Tuesday that global sales rose 2.4 percent at established locations during the third quarter, including a 3.6 percent increase in the U.S. and Canada. McDonald’s previously reported a 3.3 percent decline in the U.S. for the same time, citing heightened competition as a factor.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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