5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 29

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

JACKSONVILLE POLICE FATALLY SHOOT MURDER SUSPECT BELIEVED TO BE HOLDING GUN; IT WAS A SOCK

A man wanted in a double shooting was fatally shot by Jacksonville officers who believed he was pointing a gun at them as they tried to serve an arrest warrant. Police say the object in the suspect’s hands was a black sock with a box inside it.

ALLEGED VICTIMS OF SEXUAL PREDATOR SUE AFTER HE WINS $3M LOTTERY PRIZE IN FLORIDA

Two alleged victims of a registered sex offender have filed a lawsuit seeking damages after the man won a $3 million Florida Lottery jackpot. Timothy Poole purchased the ticket; he was accused of sexually battering a 9-year-old boy in 1999.

FLORIDA’S MINIMUM WAGE RISES TO $8.05 AN HOUR STARTING ON JAN. 1; CURRENTLY IS $7.93

The state’s minimum wage is scheduled to rise 12 cents per hour on Jan. 1, the result of a 2004 constitutional amendment requiring the wage to be readjusted each year based on the rate of inflation. It will now be $8.05 hourly.

RECORD NUMBER OF ENDANGERED FLORIDA PANTHER DEATHS IN 2014; MOST WERE STRUCK BY VEHICLES

A record 30 endangered Florida panthers died this year. Most were struck by vehicles in southwest Florida, which is home to most of the estimated 180 panthers prowling a sliver of their former range.

IN WAKE OF NEW YORK KILLINGS, RALLY IN MIAMI TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR POLICE

Miami’s police union is organizing a rally to show support for officers and to honor those killed in the line of duty. The Monday event comes in the wake of the killings of two New York City officers.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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