5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 3

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

FLORIDA GOV. SCOTT VOWS TO FOCUS ON JOBS DURING 2ND TERM

Hardened by winning re-election by another thin margin, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is charging into his second term by promising to keep working on the same agenda that drove his first four years in office. Scott, who will be inaugurated on Tuesday on the steps of the old Capitol, maintains his focus will remain on improving the state’s economy, bolstering Florida’s schools and holding the line on college tuition increases.

MAN DIES AFTER CRASHING STOLEN VAN INTO HOUSE

Deputies say a southwest Florida man is dead after stealing a van and later crashing into a house. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call Thursday evening about a man who was being belligerent and refusing to leave the Dollar General store in Lehigh Acres.

CENTRAL FLORIDA MAN DIES AFTER FALLING INTO TANK

Police say a 41-year-old man has died, days after falling into a fuel tank he was cleaning. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Thomas Wood had been in critical condition since the Monday accident at a RaceTrac gas station in Daytona Beach

FLORIDA CLERKS PLAN FOR GAY MARRIAGES JAN. 6

Court clerks around Florida are beginning to announce plans to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples next week following a federal judge’s ruling. Many clerks were reluctant to issue the licenses, and some feared they might face criminal charges. But U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s ruling on New Year’s Day clarified that all 67 Florida clerks are obligated to begin issuing gay marriage licenses starting Tuesday.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE DENIES SEX CLAIM AGAINST PRINCE ANDREW

Reacting to U.S. court documents, royal officials have issued a statement denying that Britain’s Prince Andrew engaged in sexual impropriety with a minor. In papers filed to a Florida court, an unidentified woman alleges that U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was a minor in London, in New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein. The filing says the alleged encounters took place around 1999 to 2002.

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