5 Things to Know in Florida for May 10
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
CLOCK IS TICKING FOR GOV. SCOTT TO ACT ON BUDGET
Gov. Rick Scott has until May 24 to act on a proposed $74.5 billion state budget that the Republican-led Legislature sent to his desk on Thursday. While he's expected to sign the budget into law, he could use his veto power to wipe out individual spending items.
ROOMMATE PLEADS NO CONTEST IN HAZING DEATH CASE
The roommate of a Florida A&M drug major who died after undergoing a hazing ritual in 2011 pleaded no contest to hazing charges on Friday before his trial is scheduled next week. Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss a manslaughter charged against 25-year-old Rikki Wills in exchange for his plea.
INFANT MORTALITY RATES AT HISTORIC LOW IN FLORIDA
Department of Health officials say infant mortality rates in Florida have decreased from 6.4 in 2011 to 6.0 in 2012 per 1,000 live births. Black infant mortality rates have also declined but remain above the statewide average at 10.7.
FLA. BUS DRIVER ACCUSED OF STAGING STUDENT FIGHT
A central Florida bus driver is being accused of driving a group of students to her home and staging a fight. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old Patrice Sanders took a busload of students to her home after two teenage girls got into a verbal altercation. She allegedly said the girls "just need to fight."
MISSING WOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA NOW IN PANHANDLE JAIL
A Pennsylvania woman who went missing in 2002 is now in a Pensacola jail on a probation violation. Investigators say the 53-year-old woman is being held without bond. Brenda Heist went to Key Largo police last month, telling them she had decided to walk away from her family more than 10 years ago and had been homeless for quite some time.
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