5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 31

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

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN ASSAULT CASE DROPPED; EX-GIRLFRIEND RECANTS

A prosecutor says an aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators. State Attorney Phil Archer said he wouldn’t file a formal charge against Zimmerman, 31, the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin. Archer said the ex-girlfriend had made it clear she didn’t want to cooperate with Lake Mary Police officers, and there were no other eyewitnesses.

AUDIT SAYS POWER AGENCY SPENT THOUSANDS ON FLOWERS, PARTIES

An audit is finding fault with how a government-owned power company is spending the money of taxpayers from the 31 small Florida cities it serves. The preliminary findings of the Florida Auditor General faulted Orlando-based Florida Municipal Power Agency with how it has spent tens of thousands of dollars on flowers, holiday parties, travel costs and gift cards to staffers for birthdays. The agency has a month to respond to the audit.

LEGISLATURE WANTS RANKING OF STADIUM AND PRO SPORTS PROJECTS

Florida’s legislative leaders are ordering their own economists to rank and evaluate proposals to hand out millions in taxpayer money to professional sports teams. The state has received requests totaling $255 million that would help pay for improvements to stadiums used by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Miami Dolphins, the fledgling Orlando City Lions soccer team and Daytona International Speedway.

CITING OKLAHOMA RULING, CONDEMNED FLORIDA MAN SEEKS STAY

A man scheduled to die for killing his daughter, ex-wife, former mother-in-law and former sister-in-law in Orlando in 1985 is seeking a stay of execution over the type of drugs used. Lawyers for 59-year-old Jerry Correll on Friday cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to halt Oklahoma execution during review of its lethal injection drug mixture. Since Florida uses the same sedative drug, Correll’s lawyers told the Florida Supreme Court his Feb. 26 execution should be halted.

AUTHOR STEPHEN KING VISITS FLORIDA TO SUPPORT LIBRARIES

Author Stephen King came to southwest Florida to support local libraries. The Library Foundation supporting the Manatee County Public Library System asked King to speak Thursday at an annual author event. The $200 tickets for King’s talk sold out, and the foundation met its $100,000 fundraising goal. The money will help fund a new library computer system.

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