5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 10

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

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: MULTIPLE BODIES FOUND IN MOBILE HOME AFTER SHOOTING REPORTED

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eddie Daniels Jr. says deputies found “multiple bodies” inside a New Port Richey mobile home early Monday. The deputies were responding to a call about shots fired in the area. Sheriff Chris Nocco says “drugs may be involved in this case and it may be a targeted hit.” Roads near the mobile home were closed pending the investigation. No arrests have been made.

USDA PLANS TO SPEND $30 MILLION ON FIGHTING CITRUS DISEASE

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that the funding will be split between long-term research and shorter-term measures. Vilsak says $23 million will fund research on lasting solutions at four universities. Another $7 million will fund specific projects. Citrus greening has caused Florida orange production to drop by more than half in the past decade.

CRUCIAL LEGAL QUESTION CONFRONTS FLORIDA’S VOUCHER PROGRAM

The fate of Florida’s signature private school voucher program is being decided in a Leon County courtroom. Opponents to the state’s tax credit scholarship program squared off Monday against lawyers representing the state and parents of children enrolled in the program. Judge George Reynolds must decide whether or not to throw out the lawsuit or let it proceed to a trial.

REPORT SAYS CASEY ANTHONY’S MONEY SHOULD BE PAID TO ATTORNEY

The trustee handling Casey Anthony’s bankruptcy says most of the $25,000 he has available to distribute should go to the trustee’s attorneys. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Trustee Stephen Meininger said bankruptcy law provides that the trustee and those working for the trustee get paid first. Anthony was acquitted in 2011 of murdering her 2-year-old daughter.

EX-VENEZUELAN JUDGE GETS 6-PLUS YEARS IN PRISON IN US DRUG CASE

A former Venezuelan judge has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for his role in a major cocaine trafficking case linked to the government of former President Hugo Chavez. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro imposed the sentence Monday on Benny Palmeri-Bacchi, who pleaded guilty in November to charges of extortion, conspiracy to obstruct justice and money laundering conspiracy. Prosecutors say Palmeri-Bacchi conspired with a former Venezuelan Interpol director to help traffickers move Colombian cocaine through Venezuela.

 

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