5 Things to Know in Florida for May 13

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

Police recover gun from Zimmerman, 2 from other man

Police say they have recovered a handgun from George Zimmerman and took two guns from a man accused of shooting at Zimmerman. Lake Mary Police Officer Bianca Gillett said Tuesday that detectives are still investigating and no charges have been filed against Zimmerman or Matthew Apperson. Zimmerman and Apperson were involved in a road-rage episode in September last year, but no charges were filed in that case. Two guns were taken from Apperson’s car, including a revolver that had a spent shell casing. Police say they will also execute a search warrant on Zimmerman’s pickup truck.

Police: Man dead in Jacksonville officer-involved shooting

Police in Jacksonville say two officers fatally shot a man after he pointed a gun at one officer. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reports that the shooting occurred Tuesday after the officers got into struggle with the victim at an apartment complex on the city’s west side. Sheriff’s Office Director Tom Hackney told reporters that the suspect, broke loose from the struggle, ran down a staircase and then turned back toward the officers. Hackney, who did not name the victim, says the victim had dropped the gun during the fight, but officers thought he was still armed. The officers fired six times.

Florida Senate could pay legal bills for 23 senators

Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner is telling state senators that taxpayers will pay their legal bills as part of an ongoing lawsuit over state senate districts. The Senate’s top lawyer this month told 23 senators that Gardiner has approved a $5,000 stipend for them to hire their own attorneys. The groups challenging state senate districts in April subpoenaed records from 19 Republican and Democratic senators. Public record requests have been sent to four others.

Gov. Scott back in DC, seeking support in Obamacare fight

Just days after flying to Washington in hopes of convincing the Obama administration to extend federal hospital funds, Gov. Rick Scott is back in the nation’s capital slamming federal health officials for denying his request. The Obama administration wants the Florida governor to expand Medicaid to more than 800,000 Floridians, but the Republican governor doesn’t want to accept any money tied to Obama’s health law — including Medicaid expansion funds. Instead, they want the Obama administration to expand federal funds, which help hospitals that care for Medicaid and uninsured patients.

Settlement reached after fatal parking garage collapse

A settlement has been reached in the case involving a collapsed parking garage at Miami Dade College. The Miami Herald reports the college reached a $33.5 million settlement with the contractor and subcontractors hired to build the garage at the Doral campus. The parking garage collapsed during construction in October 2012, killing four people and injuring seven others. College spokesman Juan Mendieta says the settlement will allow for the demolition of the old structure and the construction of a new, safe parking garage.

 

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