Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Doctor tied to New Jersey senator inches toward release from prison
A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez appears to be nearing release from prison. Dr. Salomon Melgen is due to appear before a federal judge Monday afternoon in West Palm Beach for a bond hearing. He’s been behind bars for seven weeks. The case claims the eye surgeon perpetrated a massive Medicare fraud and was filed after a separate New Jersey case accused him of corruption with Menendez.
Number of abortions dips in Florida, but not as much as other states
The number of abortions performed in Florida dropped by 10 percent between 2010 and 2014, but the decrease is less than in other Republican-led states that have more aggressive restrictions on the procedure. Roughly 72,100 abortions were performed in Florida in 2014, a 9.7 percent dip from about 79,900 in 2010, according to state health records. The number of abortion clinics has remained steady at about 70 during the time period.
Businessman’s suit over portrayal in “Pain & Gain” film heads to Florida
A lawsuit filed by a businessman over his portrayal in the 2013 film “Pain & Gain” is coming to Miami federal court. A judge last week ordered that Marc Schiller’s lawsuit originally filed in April 2014 be transferred from New York to South Florida. The film is based on the true story of a criminal gang of South Beach bodybuilders and was shot in South Florida. It stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Schiller claims the film portrays him negatively.
FIU seeks to expand solar footprint; partners with FPL to build thousands of panels
Florida Power & Light Company and Florida International University are partnering on a new solar facility and research project that will install more than 5,700 solar panels on canopy-like structures to be built in a university parking lot. Engineering students will study the effects of the solar power generation on the electric grid. The installation is expected to produce the equivalent of the amount of energy used by approximately 34,000 laptop computers over the course of the year.
Tampa Bay Lightning look to gain lead as Stanley Cup game 3 goes to Chicago
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to break a tied Stanley Cup Final during Game 3 in Chicago on Monday. The Lightning brought the series to 1-1 in a home game Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks. It is just the second time since 2004 that the Stanley Cup Final’s first two games have been split.