Florida: 5 Things To Know For April 22
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTION IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Voters in two southwest Florida counties are going to the polls to pick a GOP nominee for a congressional seat. The winner of Tuesday’s special election in parts of Lee and Collier counties will face a Democratic challenger in the June 24 general election. The special election was called when Rep. Trey Radel resigned in January after being arrested for buying cocaine.
SENATE HOLDS MIAMI BEACH HEARING ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The U.S. Senate is taking a field trip to Miami Beach for a hearing on the coastal effects of climate change. The Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s subcommittee on science and space will meet Tuesday morning at Miami Beach city hall. Mayor Philip Levine and the president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the witnesses scheduled to testify about the economic impacts of sea level rise and climate change on Florida’s tourism and insurance industries.
2 FLORIDA DOCTORS APPEAL PILL MILL-LINKED CONVICTIONS
Two South Florida doctors convicted of money laundering in connection with an illegal pill mill are appealing their cases. Attorneys for Dr. Cynthia Cadet and Dr. Joseph Castronuovo filed notices of appeal Monday in West Palm Beach federal court. Their cases will be heard by a federal appeals court based in Atlanta.
31 SEA TURTLES TO BE RELEASED IN JACKSONVILLE
Nearly three dozen sea turtles that were rescued on Cape Cod last autumn will be released in Florida on Earth Day. The 31 endangered and threatened sea turtles spent months at the New England Aquarium’s rescue center near Boston. The group was transported to Jacksonville’s Little Talbot Island State Park, where they will be released back into the ocean on Tuesday — Earth Day.
JUANES, MARC ANTHONY TALK MUSIC AT LATIN BILLBOARD
Juanes, Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias are among the pop stars divulging the secrets of how they make and market their music at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Conferences. The four-day event began Monday and runs through Thursday, culminating that night in the annual award show. Hosting the event is Leila Cobo, Billboard’s executive director of content and programming for Latin music.