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STATE JOBLESS RATE DROPS IN NOVEMBER
Florida’s unemployment rate is dropping again. New jobless numbers released Friday showed that the state’s unemployment rate for November is 5.8 percent. That’s a drop of 0.2 percent from October. Florida’s rate now matches the national unemployment rate.
6TH MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MLB STEROID CASE
A sixth man has pleaded guilty to playing a key role in illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players and other athletes. Juan Carlos Nunez pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to distribute testosterone, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
MAN GETS LIFE FOR KILLING CITY COMMISSIONER FATHER
A man convicted of fatally shooting his father — a South Miami commissioner — has been sentenced to life in prison. A Miami-Dade County judge sentenced 22-year-old Jason Beckman on Friday. He was convicted last month of first-degree murder. Because Beckman was 17 at the time of the killing, he was not eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors say Beckman had planned his father’s murder for weeks. In April 2009, he walked into a bathroom as Jay Beckman was showering and shot him in the face with a shotgun.
KID ROCK TO PERFORM PRE-RACE CONCERT AT DAYTONA 500
Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in February. Daytona International Speedway said Friday he will play several hits as well as new single “First Kiss.” Kid Rock’s appearance coincides with the launch of his album “First Kiss.” The album will be released Feb. 24, two days after the showcase race.
MAN GETS 45 YEARS FOR KILLING WIFE’S BOYFRIEND
A disabled Florida Panhandle man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for fatally shooting his estranged wife’s boyfriend and wounding her. A Bay County judge sentenced 44-year-old Michael Joe McCoy on Friday. He was convicted last month of manslaughter and aggravated battery. He had faced charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder.