5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 8

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

10 days of tax-free shopping starts now

The back-to-school shopping frenzy is under way with the added bonus of a 10-day tax-free holiday for items of clothing and school supplies.

Officials: Man who escaped from prison in 1981 captured in Florida

The 60-year-old man is being held at the Broward County Jail after authorities arrested him nearly 34 years after escaping from a prison in Georgia.

Price-gouging hotline activated for 5 counties affected by flooding

The attorney general warns that it’s against state law to price gouge in areas under a state of emergency and violators will be prosecuted.

Authorities say man set house on fire and killed himself during a police standoff

Miami police say officers responded to the man’s home Friday morning after receiving reports that he was planning to harm himself. The officers reported a possible gunshot and smoke coming from the home.

Authorities search north Florida lake for woman who reportedly fell from a boat

Marion and Lake counties both sent search teams and divers to Lake Weir. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office also dispatched its helicopter.

 

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