5 Things to Know in FL for March 27

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Florida Supreme Court Reverses Death Sentence

5 ThingsThe Florida Supreme Court says a man who killed a convenience store clerk during a Jacksonville robbery shouldn’t have been sentenced to death. The ruling Thursday said that Michael Yacob shouldn’t have received a death sentence simply for a murder during a robbery gone wrong. Yacob killed Moussa Maida during a May 2008 robbery.

Two Florida Areas Among Nation’s Fastest Growing

The Villages and Sumter County are among the fastest growing areas in the nation according to census figures. The Villages, with a population of about 100,000, grew by 5.2 percent between 2012 and 2013. The Census Bureau also says that South Florida, consisting of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, is the nations’ eighth most populous metropolitan area with 5.8 million residents.

Man Arrested After Illegal Slaughterhouse Discovered

A South Florida man faces multiple animal abuse charges after an undercover operation uncovered a slaughterhouse where conditions were described as inhumane.

23 Charged In Retail Theft Ring

Nearly two dozen people have been charged in a retail theft ring operating in South Florida and Orlando. Officials say the crime ring is estimated to have stolen some $15 million worth of merchandise.

Paralyzed Teen Hopes Lawmakers Pass Claims Bill

The Jacksonville City Council is urging Gov. Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers to pass a claims bill that would allow the city to pay an 18-year-old who was paralyzed when a tree limb fell on him. Sovereign immunity limits a city’s liability to $200,000 – even though Jacksonville agreed to pay Aubrey Stewart $3.5 million. Senate President Dan Gaetz hasn’t allowed any claims bills during his two-year term.


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