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5 things to know in Florida

5 things to know in Florida


State on pace for record tourism year

Gov. Rick Scott was at Busch gardens Friday to announce some record tourism numbers. Nearly 23 million people visited the state during the third quarter of 2013. Between January and September there have been 72.6 million visitors to Florida.

Police identify man who fell from plane

Miami-Dade police have identified a man who fell from a plane near Miami on Thursday. But the body of 42-year-old Gerardo Nales of Key Biscayne has yet to be found. A pilot radioed ``mayday'' Thursday afternoon and told an air traffic controller that a passenger had fallen out of the plane.

No charges to be filed in Zimmerman case

No charges will be filed against George Zimmerman following a fight with his estranged wife in September. Lake Mary police say there was not enough evidence to bring charges against Zimmerman, who was acquitted in July in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

Former Florida Gov. Crist raises nearly $900,000 in his effort to reclaim old job

Former Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign for governor is already pulling in large amounts of money. A political committee linked to the democratic candidate on Friday reported that it had raised nearly $900,000 since Nov. 4. That's the same day that Crist formally kicked off his bid to reclaim his old job. The committee, Charlie Crist for Florida, isn't bound by any campaign contribution limits.

2 homes demolished after sinkhole opens up

Crews demolished two homes Friday, a day after a sinkhole opened in a Pinellas County neighborhood. Residents of five other homes were evacuated on Thursday after the sinkhole began growing. It currently measures some 90 feet in diameter.


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