5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 27

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

STATE WON’T SAY WHICH SPORTS TEAM SHOULD GET TAXPAYER MONEY

The Florida agency that helps bring jobs to the state won’t say which pro sports team deserves financial help from the state. Last year, state legislators passed a measure that spelled out how professional sports franchises and facilities could get a state subsidy. The Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday announced that four applicants had turned in the necessary paperwork. But there isn’t enough money to cover the requests to help the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Daytona International Speedway and Orlando City Lions.

OFFICER WHO FIRED STUN GUN AT 61-YEAR-OLD WOMAN SUSPENDED

A police officer in northern Florida is being suspended without pay for one month for firing his stun gun in the back of a 61-year-old woman.

A video taken last fall showed Tallahassee Officer Terry Mahan firing his stun gun at Viola Young as she walked away from him. She fell face-first to the ground. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo announced Monday that police had concluded an internal investigation into the incident. DeLeo said Mahan’s actions were legal but they did not meet department expectations.

HARD ROCK (AGAIN) CONSIDERS ENTERING ATLANTIC CITY CASINO MARKET

Florida’s Seminole Indians, the Hard Rock Hamlets, are renewing their torturous debate about entering Atlantic City’s gambling market. To be (or not to be) here is a question with which the tribe has wrestled for years. The Casino Control Commission will hold a special meeting Thursday to consider preliminary approval for the company to own a casino in Atlantic City. Hard Rock says it has had “a long-standing interest” in the market.

2 PANTHERS DIE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

State wildlife officials say a Florida panther was found dead along Alligator Alley in southwest Florida. The News-Press of Fort Myers reports the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Sunday that the panther’s body was discovered at mile marker 95. On Saturday the carcass of a 7-year-old male panther was found near mile marker 132 on Interstate 75 in Lee County.

DOG FATALLY STABBED IN FLORIDA PANHANDLE

Sheriff’s deputies say a dog was fatally stabbed after biting four people during a domestic dispute in the Florida Panhandle. The attack happened Saturday morning in Milton, which is near Pensacola. According to the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, four people at the home were taken to the hospital.

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