Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Legislators return with plan to end budget stalemate
Florida legislators are returning to the state Capitol for a 20-day special session where they are expected to pass a new state budget. State government would be forced to shut down if a budget isn’t passed by June 30. The special session starts on Monday afternoon. But legislative leaders promise that they will get their work done in time.
Retrial for ‘Big Tony’ in 2001 businessman’s killing
Jury selection is beginning for the retrial of a reputed mobster charged in the 2001 slaying of a prominent South Florida businessman who ran a gambling fleet and founded Miami Subs restaurants. Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello is being tried again in the shooting death of Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis, former chief of SunCruz Casinos. Jury selection begins Monday.
6-month Atlantic hurricane season officially starts
Federal forecasters and emergency managers are warning residents from Texas to Maine to be prepared for tropical weather. Monday is the official start to the six-month Atlantic hurricane season. It’s expected to be slower than an average season, with six to 11 named storms.
University Of Central Florida dorms evacuated for brush fire
Students at the University of Central Florida who were evacuated from their residence halls when a small brush fire sparked nearby have returned safely. School officials say the students were evacuated Sunday afternoon around 5:30 p.m. after a fire burned about one acre in a wooded area northwest of the residence halls. The roughly 100 students who left Tower One and Two were told to do so as a precaution but the fire never threatened buildings. Orange County Fire Rescue contained the fire and students were allowed back in the residence halls at 7:45 p.m.
Triple shooting kills Seminole High School football coach
A former longtime assistant football coach at Seminole High School and another man have died after a shooting in east Orange County outside Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel reports the shooting took place just before 2 a.m. Sunday. Authorities say they believe the shooting was a drug transaction. Ronald Moore and an unidentified man were pronounced dead at the scene. Moore’s father was also injured. Authorities have not identified the other man who died. Ronald Moore was a long-time assistant football coach at Seminole High School, most recently supervising defensive linemen.