5 Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 19

SELF-DEFENSE EVIDENCE BEING HEARD IN CASE OF MAN WHO SHOT WIFE, POSTED BODY PHOTO ON FACEBOOK

The defense case for Derek Medina began after the prosecution rested Wednesday. Medina’s attorneys say they will show he suffered from “battered spouse syndrome” at the hands of his wife, 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso.

WILD MONKEY HIT, KILLED BY VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY IN OCALA AFTER RUNNING THROUGH PARKING LOT

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Greg Workman said Wednesday that sightings of monkeys in populated areas like Ocala is common. The monkey was believed to be a rhesus macaque.

MAN CITED FOR ESCAPE OF COBRA, NOT REPORTING IT TO AUTHORITIES

Local media outlets report that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has charged 60-year-old Lewis Mark Pellicer with failing to report the escape of a venomous reptile, providing false inventory records and unsafe housing of venomous reptiles. FWC officers and volunteers scoured bushes, sheds and culverts earlier this month before capturing the snake.

FLORIDA HOSPITALS PAID $1.5 BILLION IN HEALTH COSTS FOR UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED PATIENTS LAST YEAR

The Florida Hospital Association says it provided inpatient care for 2.7 million people and treated 9.5 million patients in emergency rooms in 2014. Hospitals also spent about $22.4 million to ensure they are prepared to for emergencies, including hurricanes or outbreaks such as Ebola.

STATE OFFICIALS ASK FEDERAL JUDGE TO THROW OUT LAWSUIT FILED BY THE SEMINOLE TRIBE

The tribe last month sued the state in an effort to keep blackjack at its casinos, including the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa and Hollywood. Lawyers for Florida contend that the tribe has no legal authority or basis to file the lawsuit.

 

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