Florida: 5 Things To Know For July 9th

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

COURT DATE COULD BE SET IN THEATER SHOOTING CASE

A Pasco County judge is expected to set a trial date in the case of a retired Tampa police captain who is accused of shooting a man in a movie theater. A court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday for Curtis Reeves Jr., who is charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 13 shooting of 43-year-old Chad Oulson of Land O’Lakes.

ALL ABOARD FLORIDA SAYS TRAIN REMAINS ON SCHEDULE

The president of a proposed private passenger rail line from Miami to Orlando says the project remains on schedule, but not all will service at the same time. Michael Reininger, the president and chief development officer of All Aboard Florida, said in a statement Tuesday that the train is slated to begin delivering service between Miami and West Palm Beach with a stop in Fort Lauderdale by the end of 2016.

UF COULD PAY UP TO $1.25 MILLION TO LURE NEW PRESIDENT

A consultant has told the University of Florida that it will need to offer a total compensation package of up to $1.25 million to be competitive in its search for a new president. The university’s search subcommittee on Monday heard from consultants as it continues its search to replace Bernie Machen, UF’s 11th president, who will step down at year’s end.

WOMAN BIT BY COBRA BACK IN HOSPITAL WITH INFECTION

A worker bitten by a cobra at a South Florida wildlife sanctuary is back in the hospital with an infection. Aneth McCarthy was bitten two weeks ago at McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Loxahatchee. After being released from the hospital two days after the attack, she was back in the hospital Tuesday with an infection from the bite.

FLORIDA FORCED TO STAGGER TIMING OF PAYMENTS

Florida is having a $1 billion a day problem. State officials have been forced to stagger payments to schools and health care providers because Florida’s accounting system can’t process $1 billion or more in a single 24-hour period. The state has come up against the daily limit in the wake of changes to Florida’s Medicaid program.

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