5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 17

STATE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TESTIFIES ABOUT FLORIDA POLITICAL MAP

Sen. Bill Galvano, who was in charge of a new political map, says that the Senate proposal was not drawn in a way to aid fellow Republicans or incumbents now in office. He denied that the map he has proposed was drawn to ensure that the Senate remains in GOP control.

WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING LOVER

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says a Lakeland woman accused of drugging and killing a man with whom she had an affair has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

TAMPA WOMAN, CHILD CARJACKED

Tampa police say a knife-wielding man approached the mother as she stood beside her car Wednesday morning. She yelled for her daughter to get out of the vehicle and they ran. The man drove away in the car.

MAN SENTENCED IN GUN SMUGGLING OPERATION

A federal judge in Florida has sentenced a Texas man to three years and one month in prison for conspiring to export weapons to the Middle East.

ANNUAL GLOBAL CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT TO TAKE FLIGHT IN MIAMI

The National Audubon Society’s wildlife census begins locally this weekend in Miami, stretching from Coconut Grove to North Miami Beach and west to Hialeah. Counts will be held from the Florida Keys to Fort Pierce during the first week of January.

 

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