Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

TRANSGENDER PRISONER SUES FLORIDA TO GET HORMONE TREATMENTS

The American Civil Liberties Union filed Reiyn Keohane’s suit Monday to force the department to continue hormone treatments she began a month before her September 2013 arrest in Fort Myers. Without the treatments, Keohane says she suffers from depression. While being held in the men’s prison, she attempted to hang herself and later tried to castrate herself.

FLORIDA ENLISTS COMMERCIAL PEST CONTROL FIRMS IN ZIKA FIGHT

A statement Monday from Gov. Rick Scott’s office says 30 people have been infected with the Zika virus through mosquito bites in the state. Scott’s office said Florida’s Department of Health was investigating three places in Miami-Dade County and one location in Palm Beach County where new infections may have occurred.

SLOWING GROWTH OF FLORIDA’S ECONOMY MAY LIMIT STATE SPENDING

State economists on Monday drew up new forecasts to predict how much the state will collect in taxes. Economists expect the state’s main budget account to grow 3.6 percent during the fiscal year that ends next June. They are predicting growth as high as 4.6 percent in the 2017-18 fiscal year. These are slightly less than estimates from earlier this year.

PANTHER FOUND DEAD IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 9-year-old male cat’s body was found Sunday on State Road 29 in Collier County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy. A total of 30 Florida panthers have been found dead in 2016, with 23 road fatalities.

TODDLER, MAN SHOT DEAD INSIDE VEHICLE IN RIVIERA BEACH

Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said Monday that 24-year-old Amir Stepherson and 3-year-old Martavious Carn were pronounced dead in an apartment complex parking lot, where they were shot Sunday night. A woman whose name was not released was wounded. Brown said investigators believe Stepherson was the intended target because of an ongoing dispute.

 

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