5 Things to Know in Florida for March 28

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Florida House: Buy flags made in America

Cities, counties and state government will have to buy state and American flags made in the United States under a bill passed by the Florida House. The House on Friday voted 110-2 for the “All American Flag Act.” But the vote triggered a debate about whether the mandate itself is American. Some legislators said that forcing local and state government to buy flags made in the United States was “anti-capitalist” and a “restraint of trade.”

A-Rod cousin pleads guilty in Florida steroids case

A cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge, the last remaining defendant to do so in the probe into performance-enhancing drugs illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic. Yuri Sucart admitted Friday in Miami federal court that he conspired with others to distribute human growth hormone to athletes, some of high school age. Seven others, including former Biogenesis of America clinic owner Anthony Bosch, have previously pleaded guilty and received sentences ranging from probation to four years in prison.

‘Teen Mom 3’ star’s ex charged with posting explicit images

The ex-boyfriend of a star of MTV’s “Teen Mom 3” has been charged with posting sexually explicit images on social media sites. Shakiel Brown was charged Tuesday with felony video voyeurism and released on bond Thursday in Orlando. Authorities say he posted the images of 20-year-old Briana DeJesus after she refused to speak to him following their breakup. DeJesus told authorities she had no idea Brown had posted the videos on Instagram and Twitter. Orange County deputies say the videos were recorded during consensual sex.

Students would wear school uniforms under Florida House bill

The Florida House wants school districts to start requiring students to wear uniforms. The House on Friday passed a bill that would pay school districts extra money if they put in the requirement for students in elementary and middle schools. The bill passed by a 102-8 vote. Legislators backing the proposal say that uniforms could help improve school safety. Rep. John Tobia, a Melbourne Beach Republican, opposed the bill and argued that it would cost taxpayers and parents money.

Woman, infant die in Palm Bay house fire

Officials say a woman and a baby have died in a central Florida home. Palm Bay Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez says a Waste Management worker making his rounds Friday morning saw smoke coming from a home in Palm Bay and called 911. Firefighters found the woman and child inside the burning home. Both died at the scene. Their names and ages have not been released.

 

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