5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 17

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

2 DEAD, 4 ARRESTED AFTER FLORIDA CRIME SPREE

Four suspects were arrested Friday for a crime spree that started with a pawn shop robbery, led to a shootout with a police officer and ended with the killings of a 72-year-old woman and her daughter. Detectives were still determining if there was a prior relationship between suspect Michael Gordon and the two murder victims, Patricia Moran, and her 51-year-old daughter, Deborah Royal.

HOW WILL FLORIDA COMPENSATE FOR LOST FEDERAL HOSPITAL FUNDS?

Florida health officials and lawmakers are facing a quandary over how to replace the likely annual loss of $1.3 billion in federal funds which compensate hospitals and providers that care for large numbers of uninsured and Medicaid patients. The state has known for some time that the so-called low-income pool funding will likely end in June. It’s still unclear what the bottom line impact will be on the state budget, but the seemingly inevitable loss in hospital funding could be just the ammunition that Medicaid expansion proponents have been looking for.

FLORIDA STUDIES HOW TO HELP POOR GET LEGAL HELP

A newly-created state panel is looking at how to help low-income and working class Floridians get access to the court system. The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice is holding its first meeting at the Capitol on Friday. The commission was created by Florida State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

CHILD KILLED AFTER WANDERING OUT OF HOUSE

The Florida Highway Patrol says a toddler got out of his house and wandered onto a busy highway where he was struck and killed by a passing SUV. Bystanders tried to revive Christopher Johnson on Thursday, but he died a short time later at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.

TEEN POSES AS DOCTOR AT WEST PALM HOSPITAL

Police in Florida and officials at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach have agreed not to charge a teenager they caught posing as a doctor. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports police were called Tuesday after a patient alerted staff at the medical center’s OB/GYN office that a juvenile dressed in a lab coat was inside an exam room. The patient said the lab coat had St. Mary’s logo and “anesthesiology” stitched on the front.

 

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