5 Things to Know in Florida for March 4

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

GOVERNOR HIGHLIGHTS FLORIDA’S HISTORY AS HE TALKS OF ITS FUTURE

Gov. Rick Scott gave a State of the State speech Tuesday that was as much a Florida history lesson as it was a vision for the state’s future – telling lawmakers he wants more tax cuts, more money for education and more affordable college tuition. Scott recalled some of the major achievements that helped Florida grow to become the nation’s third largest state. That included Dr. John Gorrie’s work in the 1800s that led to air conditioning, the railroads and hotels Henry Flagler built more than 100 years ago, the founding of the Publix supermarket chain in the Great Depression, and the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971.

SCOTT ASKED TO SUSPEND TESTING AFTER GLITCHES

Two Florida Democratic state senators are calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to suspend the state’s standardized testing now underway. Sen. Dwight Bullard and Sen. Jeff Clemens sent a letter to Scott on Tuesday. The two South Florida legislators called the serious technological problems that marred the first day of testing “nothing less than a disaster.” School districts across the state were forced to suspend testing on Monday. Several district officials said they would not resume testing without assurances that the problems were fixed.

FOREIGN RECRUITER GETS PRISON, HOUSE ARREST IN MLB STEROIDS CASE

A South Florida man who admitted to recruiting foreign baseball players for the operators of a steroid-dispensing clinic has been sentenced to prison followed by house arrest. U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga agreed with the attorney for Juan Carlos Nunez that his part in the conspiracy was minimal compared with others’. Nunez will serve three months behind bars and three months on house arrest. Nunez admitted in court last year that he brought professional ballplayers from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela to Anthony Bosch and the now-closed Biogenesis of America in Coral Gables. Fourteen baseball players including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez were suspended in the drug scandal.

SEMINOLE TRIBE AIRS AD IN SUPPORT OF NEW GAMBLING COMPACT

The Seminole Tribe is running television ads in hopes of convincing lawmakers to renegotiate its gambling compact. The ads began airing Tuesday, the day after a major gambling bill was filed that would allow two massive casinos in South Florida and allow slot machines at dog tracks in Palm Beach and Lee counties. The 30-second ad tells viewers that the compact approved nearly five years ago has provided more than $1 billion to the state.

SENATE PASSES BILL REQUIRING GREYHOUND INJURY REPORTING

The Florida Senate says greyhound racing tracks and trainers should be required to report injuries to their dogs to the state. The Senate passed a bill unanimously Tuesday requiring the reports. Democratic Sen. Eleanor Sobel of Hollywood sponsored the bill and said she hopes it’s the first step toward ending what she called “the archaic and barbaric practice” of greyhound racing.

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