Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Officials want to speed up Interstate 4 expansion
U.S. Rep. John Mica and other elected officials want to speed up the Interstate 4 expansion in the Orlando area. The group on Monday set up a task force to explore how to speed up the interstate expansion plans. It will be led by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. Expansion on Interstate 4 is beginning this year on a stretch of the highway from near Universal Studios to the suburb of Longwood. That expansion could take up to six years.
Lawn worker attacked by bees
Authorities say a swarm of bees attacked a man 60-year-old lawn worker at Patrick Air Force Base in central Florida. The 60-year-old man was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon. Brevard County District Fire-Rescue Chief Chris Disciascio says the man was cutting grass when the bees started swarming. He says the man may have hit a bee hive on the ground and was stung multiple times. Firefighters used hoses to get the bees off the man. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Central Florida man indicted in death of wife
Grand jurors returned a first-degree murder indictment against a man accused of slashing his wife throat while their daughters slept in their Daytona Beach apartment. Investigators say 44-year-old Johan Chiri killed his wife during an argument on April 7. The murder indictment was returned Monday. According to police, the couple’s 12-year-old daughter found her mother’s body when she woke up to go to school. Investigators found Chiri’s handwritten note in the apartment. It asked for forgiveness and blamed his wife for cheating on him.
UF names woman dean of law school
The University of Florida has selected the first woman dean for the Levin College of Law. Laura Ann Rosenbury was selected Monday to replace Robert Jerry who stepped down in June after 11 years. The Gainesville Sun reports Provost Joe Glover made the announcement following an extensive interview process that included campus visits and appearances before faculty, students and staff. Rosenbury is a professor at Washington State University School of Law in St. Louis. Law professor George Dawson will continue as interim dean until Rosenbury begins her job on July 1. Her starting annual salary is $350,000.
Turtle nesting season starts early
Turtle nesting season is underway in southwest Florida thanks to warmer weather. Officials say a nest was spotted in Fort Myers on April 24. Two more were found in Marco Island and Sanibel Island over the weekend. Nesting season typically starts on May 1. But Eve Haverfield of Turtle Time tells the News-Press of Fort Myers that officials were anticipating an early nesting season because of the warmer weather. She says it is the earliest they’ve had a nest on Fort Myers Beach.