5 Things to Know in FL for March 6

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House Subcommittee Approves Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana

A strain of low-THC marijuana would be legal in Florida for medical use under a bill that passed its first committee on Wednesday in Tallahassee. The bill would allow doctors to prescribe a strain of marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web” that contains low amounts of THC.

Bill Addresses Low Nursing School Test Scores

Plummeting test scores among Florida nursing school graduates has prompted some legislators to propose a bill that would tighten the qualifications for nursing programs. The drop in scores has been linked to bills passed in 2009 and 2010 that permitted trade schools and colleges to open nursing programs without approval of the state’s Board of Nursing.

Tampa Airport Wins $194 Million In State Funds

Gov. Rick Scott says the state will give Tampa International Airport $194 million to help pay for the largest expansion since the airport’s opening in 1971. Scott was in Tampa on Wednesday to make the announcement, along with dozens of local officials, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The money will be used for a new rental car center, transit stop and people mover.

Stabbing Reported At Tampa Bay Area School

Authorities say a boy at a Tampa Bay area middle school stabbed another student. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 15-year-old boy stabbed a 14-year-old boy Wednesday morning at Jennings Middle School. Deputies say the suspect was armed with a 4-inch, serrated steak knife and stabbed the victim in the back. It wasn’t immediately known what led up to the stabbing or why it occurred.

Family Rescued From Van Submerged In Ocean

A mother behind the wheel of a minivan that was driven with her three children into the surf off Daytona Beach, Fla., is undergoing a mental evaluation. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office also said Wednesday that the children were turned over to the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Bystanders and officers helped pull the woman and her children – ages 3, 9 and 10 – from their minivan after it became nearly submerged in the Atlantic surf Tuesday afternoon.

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