Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
GOP OFFICIALS WANT RUBIO TO SEEK SENATE RE-ELECTION
Republican officials in Washington are lobbying Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to seek re-election next year even though he says he’ll forgo that campaign if he makes a bid for the White House. Officials familiar with the effort say that recruiting Rubio to seek re-election is a top priority at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
NO MONEY FOR FLORIDA STADIUM PROJECTS NOW AS VOTE DELAYED
Florida won’t be handing out millions to help out pro sports teams anytime soon. A legislative panel on Thursday voted to delay ranking four proposals requesting $255 million in taxpayer money. Instead, the requests will be considered during the legislative session that starts next month.
WHITE HOUSE HOSTS TAMPA FORUM ON SENIORS’ PRIORITIES
The White House is holding the first in a series of forums to hear about the most important issues facing older Americans. The event Thursday in Tampa comes amid a historic demographic shift in the U.S. as the massive baby boom generation moves closer to old age. It is to be followed by similar forums in Phoenix, Seattle, Cleveland and Boston, all aiming to shape the conversation at the formal White House Conference on Aging later this year.
DONALD TRUMP SUES MIAMI SUBURB OVER NOISE ORDINANCE
Just weeks after city officials in suburban Miami decided Donald Trump was worthy of having a key to the city, he’s accusing them of having an unconstitutional noise ordinance. Trump told the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1AW4F9L) on Wednesday that Doral needs a noise ordinance with “specific rules and regulations.” Records show that since August, the city’s code compliance department has issued more than 100 violations to Trump’s resort, Trump National Doral. Most violations are for the resort’s lawn maintenance crews making “unreasonably loud noise
POLICE: DAD WAS DRIVING DRUNK WHEN CRASH KILLED 2 TEENS
A Gainesville man faces DUI manslaughter charges after detectives determined his blood alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit when he was involved in a crash that killed his teenage daughter and her friend. The Gainesville Sun reports 40-year-old Jeffrey Lee Ertle was arrested Thursday. He was critically injured during the Dec. 13 crash that killed 13-year-old Ashley Ertle and her 15-year-old friend Emily Cook. Police say the girls died at the scene and Ertle spend two weeks in the hospital