Five Things to Know in Florida for April 13

OFFICER CHARGED WITH SHOOTING AUTISTIC MAN’S CARETAKER

A news release from the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office says North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda was charged Wednesday with attempted manslaughter and misdemeanor culpable negligence. Authorities say Aledda shot Charles Kinsey in the leg July 18 as he lay in the street next to his adult client, who was carrying his toy truck.

BLACK BEAR FOUND DEAD IN NEIGHBORHOOD, POSSIBLY SHOT

A passerby first spotted the bear early Wednesday morning near Sanford, just west of Interstate 4. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded and determined the 6-year-old female bear might have been shot, likely in the area. Officers collected the bear’s carcass, and a necropsy will determine an official cause of death.

WATER WOES: FLORIDA SENATE APPROVES PLAN TO STOP TOXIC ALGAE

The Senate voted 36-3 on Wednesday in favor of the bill (SB 10) after nearly three hours of debate. The bill’s passage comes a week after the proposal went through a major overhaul, which scales back the size of the project from 60,000 acres. The changes made the plan a more appealing one to its opponents in the agricultural and sugar industries, but they are not quite fully on board yet.

TROOPERS: TOW TRUCK WORKER FALLS TO DEATH FROM I-95 OVERPASS

The crash near Boca Raton left the truck dangling over the interstate’s overpass, causing a traffic snarl along the busy South Florida corridor early Wednesday. Troopers say the crash happened shortly before 6 a.m. Officials say 69-year-old Richard Jason Randolph had stepped over a wall and was working to secure the trailer when he fell.

STUDY: FLORIDA MANATEE NUMBERS COULD DOUBLE IN NEXT 50 YEARS

The U.S. Geological Survey and Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute study released Monday says the popular sea cows enjoy longevity and that enough habitat is available to support a growing population. The news comes after the recent decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lessen federal protections for the manatee.

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