5 Things to Know in Florida for April 29

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

Nik Wallenda to walk untethered atop 400-foot Orlando Eye

Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda intends to walk untethered atop the 400-foot Orlando Eye, the city’s new observation Ferris wheel. Wallenda will do the walk as the wheel spins, without a balancing pole or safety net. The walk is being broadcast life on NBC’s “Today” show. Gov. Rick Scott will attend.

Bill passed to allow dying patients to try experimental drugs

Terminally ill patients will be able to take experimental drugs under a bill that’s going to Gov. Rick Scott. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday on a 39-1 vote. If Scott signs it, dying people will be able to take experimental drugs as long as the medicines have gone through the first phase of federal approval. Proponents say such patients should not have to wait for final approval.

Florida man pleads guilty to stealing dead mother’s benefit checks

A Florida man has pleaded guilty to stealing government money by cashing thousands of dollars in Social Security checks sent to his dead mother. Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Michael Cornell of St. Petersburg faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced by a Tampa federal judge. Investigators say Cornell’s mother died in February 2010 but the Social Security Administration was not notified of her death until October 2013.

Measure would give paralyzed teen’s family $3.5 million

The family of a Jacksonville teenager left paralyzed by a falling tree limb will receive a $3.5 million settlement under a bill the Legislature sent to Gov. Rick Scott. The measure would allow Joseph and Audrey Stewart to better care for their son four years after the limb from a city-owned tree crushed him. Under Florida law, any claim of more than $200,000 against the state, a city or county must be approved by the Legislature.

Legislature backs change to lawmaker gift ban

Florida legislators are backing a change to the state’s nearly decade-old ban on gifts to lawmakers. The change sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would include an exception to the ban. The change would allow legislators to accept use of a public building or public property if it is being used for a public purpose like a town hall meeting.

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