Florida: 5 Things To Know For June 18
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
FLORIDA SET TO EXECUTE KILLER OF 3, INCLUDING BOY
Florida is scheduled to execute a man who fatally stabbed his wife and her young son in 1985. John Ruthell Henry is scheduled to die at 6 p.m. Wednesday by lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke. The 63-year-old was convicted in Pasco County of fatally stabbing his wife Suzanne Henry. Gov. Rick Scott signed Henry’s death warrant for that murder. He also was convicted in Hillsborough County of fatally stabbing Suzanne Henry’s 5-year-old son near Plant City, hours after Suzanne’s murder.
FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL ENDS KAPLAN INVESTIGATION
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is ending an investigation into Kaplan that began nearly four years ago. Bondi announced on Tuesday that her office has reached an agreement with Kaplan University and two other Kaplan units. The state investigated Kaplan’s enrollment and marketing practices, as well as allegations that students were misled by marketing claims. The investigation began when Bill McCollum was attorney general. Bondi’s office said that Kaplan cooperated in the investigation.
UF TO HOST GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE
The University of Florida is hosting a gubernatorial debate in September. Officials said Tuesday that the Gainesville debate will be sponsored three FOX-owned TV stations — WOFL in Orlando, WTVT in Tampa and WOGX in Gainesville. It will be broadcast on other FOX affiliates around the state. Other sponsors include the student society Florida Blue Key, the Florida Law Review and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. The debate is set for Sept. 29.
FILIPINO OFFICIALS DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE IN FLORIDA
Officials from the Philippines are visiting Fort Lauderdale to discuss strategies for adapting to climate change. Fort Lauderdale officials say their counterparts from Legazpi City, the Philippines, share many of South Florida’s concerns about rising sea levels and urban resiliency. The Filipino officials’ weeklong tour includes wastewater treatment plants, the National Hurricane Center and discussions of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact.
CONSERVATIONISTS SUE OVER RARE FLORIDA SNAIL HABITAT
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being sued for allegedly failing to protect a rare Florida snail under the Endangered Species Act. Center for Biological Diversity attorney Jacki Lopez says the Ichetucknee siltsnail “may not be the most charismatic animal,” but its decline serves as an indicator of poor health for a spring along the Ichetucknee River in north Florida.
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