5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 23

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

TOP REPUBLICANS SAY ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SCOTT MERIT PROBE

Two statewide elected officials are now saying that allegations by Florida’s former top cop deserve to be investigated. Former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey was forced to resign in December. But Bailey this month has alleged that his ouster came after he refused to follow questionable orders coming from former Gov. Rick Scott and his administration.

JUNE 1 TRIAL SET FOR BROTHERS IN TERROR

A June 1 trial date is set for two Pakistani-born accused in Florida of plotting a New York City terror attack and attacking two deputy U.S. marshals while in custody. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom set the date Thursday after accepting not guilty pleas from 32-year-old Sheheryar Alam Qazi and 22-year-old Raees Alam Qazi.

PLANE CRASHES INTO CENTRAL FLORIDA BUILDING

A small plane from a flight training school in central Florida has crashed into a storage warehouse, and an official says two people aboard are believed dead. City spokesman Kevin Cook said the plane crashed Thursday morning into a building owned by Key Safety Systems in Lakeland. The company designs, develops and manufactures automotive safety systems including air bags and seatbelts.

STATE REPORTS BELOW-AVERAGE YEAR FOR WADING BIRD NESTING

An annual survey shows that the number of wading bird nests in the Everglades declined last year. Officials at the state agency overseeing Everglades restoration say that targets set for higher numbers of nests may become unattainable if conditions in the unique wetlands do not improve soon. According to the South Florida Water Management District, last year was a below-average nesting season, with a total of 34,714 nests. That’s down from 48,291 the year before.

2 DIE AT DISNEY IN FINAL QUARTER OF 2014

Officials say two people died on Disney World rides during the last quarter of 2014. According to a report released Wednesday by the Florida Bureau of Fair Rides, a 22-year-old woman with a pre-existing condition lost consciousness on Christmas Day while riding It’s a Small World. She later died. The report also says a 54-year-old woman lost consciousness while riding Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in October.

 

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