5 Things to Know in Florida for March 11

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

GOV. SCOTT DENIES BANNING PHRASE ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’

Florida Gov. Rick Scott denied allegations from a report that made national headlines this week with claims that his administration banned use of the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in official documents and speeches. Scott — an open skeptic of climate change — made the denials Monday in response to theFlorida Center for Investigative Reporting’s report, which quoted former employees and contractors who said they were told not to use the terms. Chris Byrd, a former Florida Department of Environmental Protection attorney who said he was forced out of the agency in 2013, told The Associated Press that he was told by superiors at a staff meeting not to use those terms.

TEXTING WOMAN WALKS INTO PATH OF TRAIN

Police say a 27-year-old woman who was texting walked into the path of a freight train, was clipped and thrown into the air, but survived. Police say Sheena Keynna appeared to be texting Monday afternoon as she walked around the crossing gates and into the path of the passing freight train in Lakeland in central Florida. Police Sgt. Gary Gross told the Ledger of Lakeland the woman “wasn’t paying attention.” She suffered a compound fracture to her right arm, and her right leg was injured.

DISNEY’S PIRATES RIDE TO CLOSE FOR SUMMER

Seems like Captain Jack Sparrow is taking liberty for the summer. Pirates of the Caribbean, the popular ride at Walt Disney World, will be closed from mid-May through the end of September. The Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday that the ride is undergoing a routine refurbishment. Disney officials say the repairs aren’t safety related.

RESIDENTS OF FLORIDA CITIES HAVE HIGH RATES OF REMARRIAGE

A large number of Florida residents like to go down the wedding aisle more than once. New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday shows that Florida has among the highest rates for residents who have married two or more times. The rate for Florida men was 30.5 percent in 2012, and the rate for women was 29.4 percent. Nationally, just under a quarter of U.S. residents have been married twice or more.

FLORIDA SENATE PUSHES ALTERNATIVE TO MEDICAID EXPANSION

The Florida Senate is moving ahead with a bill that would use federal funds to offer health insurance to nearly 1 million low-income Floridians. A Senate panel voted unanimously Tuesday for the legislation even though it remains uncertain if House Republicans will be willing to support it. House leaders remain steadily opposed to any plan that would try to use money associated with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Two years ago the Senate crafted a proposal that the House rejected.

 

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