Florida: 5 Things To Know For September 24

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

2 INJURED IN CENTRAL FLORIDA MALL SHOOTING

Police say two people were injured in a shooting at central Florida mall and two men believed to be suspects were killed when their car crashed as they fled. Orlando television stations reported that the victims were not involved in a fight before the shooting Tuesday evening at Osceola Square Mall in Kissimmee. Their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

JURY SELECTION RESUMES IN LOUD MUSIC KILLING CASE

The second trial of a Florida man accused of killing a teenager during an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store is scheduled to resume. Jury selection continues Wednesday as 47-year-old Michael Dunn’s attorneys argue that intense media coverage of the case has made getting a fair jury impossible. Circuit Judge Russell Healey has yet to rule on whether to move the case.

SOUTHERN COMMAND INTEL OFFICIAL GETS 3-PLUS YEARS

A former intelligence specialist for the Miami-based Southern Command has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office reported Tuesday that 37-year-old Jose Emmanuel Torres was sentenced to 41 months after previously pleading guilty to federal bribery and exceeding authorized access to a government computer.

WRONG WAY CRASHES PLAGUE TAMPA BAY AREA

A fatal crash that killed a 25-year-old woman is the latest in an alarming spate of wrong-way incidents on Tampa Bay’s interstates this year. Although wrong-way fatalities are statistically infrequent, four deadly crashes have happened on the same stretch of Interstate 275 north of downtown Tampa, killing 10 people. On Monday, Jessica Rey Mahn was killed in I-75 in Pasco County, which is north of Tampa.

FSU PICKS POLITICIAN AS NEXT SCHOOL PRESIDENT

Florida State University is hiring powerful state Sen. John Thrasher as its next president despite significant opposition from people on campus who contended he isn’t qualified for the post. The FSU board voted 11-2 Tuesday to hire Thrasher over three academics, pushing aside objections from FSU faculty who cited his lack of education credentials. Thrasher, a former state House speaker and chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign, also drew criticism after he sidestepped questions during a campus forum about climate change and evolution.

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