5 stories to know in Florida

June 17, 2014 

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

FLORIDA SELLS OFF CLOSED PRISONS AND STATE LAND Florida is getting more than $27 million for selling off four closed prisons and other land around the state. Gov. Rick Scott and the three members of the state Cabinet approved the sales on Tuesday. The money will flow into the state fund that it used to purchase environmentally-sensitive lands. Environmentalists praised the deal because during the recession the state curtailed greatly the amount of money it spent on acquiring conservation lands.

SIGNS SWITCHED AT JACKSONVILLE SCHOOL NAMED FOR KKK LEADER The signs are being replaced at Jacksonville’s Nathan B. Forrest High School, which is being renamed Westside High. The school was named in 1959 after a former Confederate leader who was also co-founder of the Ku Klux Klan. The school board voted in January to change the name after a decades-long debate.

2 DEAD IN FATAL TURNPIKE CRASH The Florida Highway Patrol says two people are dead in a crash involving two tractor-trailers on Florida’s Turnpike near Orlando. The crash happened early Tuesday morning.

SHARKED DUBBED KATHERINE MAY BE HEADING TO TEXAS Experts tracking a great white shark through the Gulf of Mexico have received electronic signals indicating the route could lead to Texas. Data shows a ping was recorded Tuesday from the shark dubbed Katherine. The shark was tagged last August off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A satellite image put Katherine about 140 miles west of Sarasota on Sunday.

BABY DIES IN TRUCK IN CENTRAL FLORIDA Police say a baby girl died in a pickup truck in a Rockledge parking lot while her father was working. The incident was reported about 4:50 p.m. Monday. Co-workers told police they heard the father screaming when he opened the door and found the little girl inside.

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