5 Things to Know in Florida for July 9

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.

Florida Rep. Grayson to announce run for Rubio’s senate seat

Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson is running for the Florida Senate seat that Republican Marco Rubio is giving up to run for president. Grayson made his announcement on Orlando television station WKMG. Grayson is known for his brash, unapologetic criticism of Republicans. While he is popular with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, some party leaders are concerned he’s too politically divisive to win a general election. He is challenging U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in the primary. Murphy is a former Republican and moderate who has already received the support of many party leaders.

Baby dies after being left in SUV

Police in South Florida say an 11-month-old baby died after being left inside a sport utility vehicle parked outside their apartment near Fort Lauderdale. Lauderhill police spokesman Gregory Solowsky says the baby’s parents and four other children were unloading groceries on Wednesday afternoon and forgot to get the baby out of the vehicle. He says about an hour later, they realized the baby wasn’t in the house. They returned to the Ford Explorer and found the baby inside. They called 911 and began CPR. But the child was unresponsive. Solowsky says paramedics continued to administer CPR on the way to the hospital, but the child was declared dead Wednesday evening.

Teen loses hand in fireworks accident

A 13-year-old Fort Lauderdale boy is recovering at a hospital after a firework exploded in his hand. The boy’s family members told local television stations that Javonte McNair lost his entire hand in the fireworks accident on Wednesday afternoon. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Timothy Heiser says the child was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. He says witnesses gave conflicting accounts of what happened. He says the city’s fire marshal’s office is investigating. McNair is one of three children reported injured by fireworks in Broward County this week.

Uber drivers face arrests without proper licenses in Key West

A city ordinance approved last year says that Uber drivers in Key West will face arrest and a possible $500 fine if caught driving without a passenger vehicle-for-hire license. The Miami Herald reports that the ordinance, which went into effect on July 1, says it is illegal for Uber or any other ride service to operate passenger vehicles-for-hire without the proper licenses. Key West spokeswoman Alyson Crean says drivers without this license can be arrested. Crean says the ordinance has to do with city liability, since Uber takes passengers on city roads. Uber spokesman Bill Gibbons says the company hopes Key West officials rethink the ordinance.

Funeral set for girl killed by leaping sturgeon

Funeral plans are set for a 5-year-old north Florida girl who died after being struck by a sturgeon that leaped into the boat she was riding in with her family. The Gainesville Sun reports the funeral for Jaylon Leighann Rippy is planned for Saturday in Chiefland. She died Friday, hours after the sturgeon jumped into the family’s boat. Officials say the girl’s mother Tanya Rippy suffered facial injuries and her 9-year-old brother Trevor Rippy suffered a broken wrist. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says this was the first fatality recorded from a sturgeon strike on the Suwannee River.


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