5 Things to Know in Florida for May 19

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

Foreclosure-oriented law firm closes doors

One of the nation’s largest foreclosure banking law firms has closed its doors. Officials on Monday said that Orlando-based Butler & Hosch had filed for what’s called “an assignment for the benefit of creditors” and stopped operating last week. The filing is similar to a bankruptcy filing. Besides Florida, the law firm had offices in Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi and North Carolina. The firm focused on foreclosures, bankruptcies and title disputes. It employed 700 attorneys and staffers. The law firm was handling up to 60,000 foreclosure cases nationwide when it closed.

Florida League Of Women Voters elects new president

The League of Women Voters of Florida has elected Pamela Goodman as its new leader. Goodman was previously vice president of the state league. She is a former President and CEO of the clothing chain Limited Express, overseeing 850 stores nationwide and $1.5 billion in revenue. She is also president of The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County. Goodman was elected Monday by delegates at the state League’s convention in Delray Beach. She succeeds term-limited Deirdre Macnab.

1 killed, 2 wounded in shooting in Jacksonville

Police say one man died and two others were wounded in a shooting at a Jacksonville apartment complex. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says officers on Monday morning found the dead body inside an apartment and later found a second victim in another location. The second victim was taken to the hospital, and a third drove himself to the hospital.

2 brothers drown in canal in southwest Florida

Officials say a two-year-old and his four-year-old brother drowned in a canal near a Hendry County labor camp. The drowning happened Sunday at the Duda & Sons Inc. labor camp for farmworkers. Deputies say the drowning was accidental. The boys attended a nearby Redlands Migrant Christian Association day care. The Department of Children and Families said the agency did not have prior involvement with the family.

Report: 13 percent of Florida foster kids living in group homes

A new study shows that 13 percent of Florida’s 18,000 foster youth are living in group homes instead of with a family. A national report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation revealed 57,000 of the 400,000 foster children in the U.S. live in group placements. Colorado had the highest number at 35 percent. These placements have been shown to be harmful to a child’s opportunities to develop strong, nurturing attachments. Those who grow up in group placements are also at greater risk of being abused and being arrested.

 

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