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Florida: 5 Things To Know For June 9

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

BRUSH FIRE CLOSES U.S. 27 IN SOUTH FLORIDA

A brush fire in western Broward County has forced the Florida Highway Patrol to close a portion of U.S. 27, from Alligator Alley to Southern Boulevard in Palm Beach County. Officials believe the brush fire may have been started by a lightning strike.

END NEAR IN EX-OFFICER’S ATV BEACH CRASH TRIAL

Trial is wrapping up for a former Miami Beach police officer on charges stemming from a 2011 crash in which he struck and seriously injured two people while joy-riding with a woman on a police all-terrain vehicle. The defense for Derick Kuilan is expected to rest Monday. After prosecutors put on a short rebuttal case, both sides will begin closing arguments.

TERRORISM TRIAL IN TAMPA DRAWS TO A CLOSE

Closing arguments are set in the trial of a Kosovo-born American citizen in federal court for plotting a terrorist attack in Tampa.

The trial of Sami Osmakac, continues Monday. He’s the 27-year-old Pinellas County man arrested during a sting operation in 2012 in which he bought weapons, including a car bomb and an AK-47, from a man he thought was an arms dealer.

ENDANGERD BUTTERFLIES TO BE RELEASED IN PARK

Some rare butterflies are set to be released on an island in Biscayne National Park. Researchers are scheduled to release some Schaus’ swallowtail butterflies Monday on Elliot Key.

FLA. GOV. TO CAMPAIGN ON COLLEGE COSTS AND TUITION

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is hitting the campaign trail this week to discuss college costs and tuition hikes. Scott plans to make five campaign stops. He will be starting Monday at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

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