5 things to know about Florida, Aug. 29

TROPICAL STORM ERIKA HAS POTENTIAL TO RAKE FLORIDA’S WEST COAST WITH HEAVY RAINS

The storm’s path and intensity are a bit uncertain, but Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Friday for the entire state. Officials say residents should prepare by filling vehicles’ gas tanks, stockpiling a few days’ of food and water, and determining whether they live in an evacuation zone.

2 MISSOURI MEN FACE CHARGES IN KILLING OF FLORIDA DOCTOR; 1 SUSPECT LONGTIME FRIEND OF HUSBAND

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports that 47-year-old Curtis Wayne Wright Jr. and 25-year-old Jimmy Rodgers were arrested Thursday in Missouri and face second-degree murder charges in Florida.

FLORIDA LEGISLATOR AND GOP COUNTY CHAIRMAN FILE LAWSUIT CHALLENGING FAIR DISTRICTS AMENDMENTS

Rep. Mike Hill and Stafford Jones are among a group of people who filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court. The lawsuit contends that the “Fair Districts” amendments violate the U.S. constitution including the 1st Amendment.

FLORIDA LOTTERY SECRETARY RESIGNS AMID QUESTIONS ABOUT HER SPENDING, TRAVEL, WORK HABITS

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell , whose resignation takes effect Oct. 1, said in a letter to Gov. Rick Scott that she was leaving in order to “explore opportunities in the private sector.”

KENYAN MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER PLEADING GUILTY IN US TERRORISM SUPPORT CASE

U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro imposed the maximum possible sentence on 27-year-old Mohamed Said. He pleaded guilty in May to charges of conspiring to support to Africa’s violent al-Shabaab organization and al-Qaida affiliates in Syria and elsewhere.

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