Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
RINGLEADER OF FAMU HAZING DEATH SENTENCED
A former Florida A&M University band member has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of a drum major. Dante Martin becomes the first of 15 former band members charged to receive prison time. In Orlando on Friday, Judge Renee Roche sentenced him to a total of 77 months on Friday. Prosecutors wanted nine years for Martin in the beating death of 26-year-old Robert Champion during a brutal hazing ritual.
INTERIOR SECRETARY CHECKS EVERGLADES RESTORATION IN FLORIDA BAY
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the new superintendent of Everglades National Park went island-hopping in Florida Bay to gauge wetlands restoration against the effects of climate change. Through a multibillion-dollar series of projects, the state and federal governments are attempting to restore a natural flow of water through the unique wetlands into the bay that’s vital to the fisheries in the Florida Keys.
FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA DRIVE RESUMES WITH REVISED MEASURE
Proponents of medical marijuana have begun an encore campaign for legalization, filing a rewritten ballot measure just two months after one narrowly failed to pass. Backers of the constitutional amendment fell short of the 60 percent threshold needed amid a surge of ads claiming the initiative’s language was riddled with holes. They filed a rewritten measure Friday for Election Day 2016.
SPACEX TRIES AGAIN TO LAUNCH STATION SUPPLIES
SpaceX is taking another crack at delivering supplies to the International Space Station and landing the rocket on an ocean barge. The company’s unmanned Falcon rocket is set to blast off before dawn Saturday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR TB
A student at Lely High School in Naples has tested positive for tuberculosis and up to 250 students identified as at risk will have to be tested. Health officials said Thursday that the student is doing fine and will not return to school until the infectious stage passes.