Top 5 stories trending in Florida

June 25, 2014 

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TAX RETURNS AT ISSUE IN GOVERNOR’S RACE Former Gov. Charlie Crist released three years of tax returns on the same day a political committee working to re-elect Republican Gov. Rick Scott released a statewide ad criticizing him for not releasing his wife’s tax returns. The ad asked what Crist is trying to hide. Scott released joint tax returns he filed with his wife Ann. But Crist and his wife Carole file their taxes separately.

FLORIDA’S LARGEST INSURER VOTES TO LOWER RATES Florida’s largest property insurer plans to drop its rates next year. The board for Citizens Property Insurance voted Wednesday to lower rates by an average of 3.2 percent for single family homeowners in 2015. The state-created insurer says that nearly 70 percent of those with homeowner policies should see some sort of decrease. Citizens, which has more than 928,000 policyholders, has raised its rates for four straight years.

NORTH CAROLINA WOMAN KILLED IN BEACH ACCIDENT A North Carolina woman died after a car crashed through a locked gate and hit her as she walked with her family on Port Orange on Tuesday night.

BOY, 12, TAKES SCHOOL BUS ON JOY RIDE Officials in Panama City Beach say a 12-year-old boy is accused of stealing a school bus and taking it on a joy ride. He was arrested Tuesday after employees at Walmart noticed him driving erratically in the parking lot. He faces grand theft and felony criminal mischief charges.

PANTHER KILLED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA Officials say a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle in southwest Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 1-year-old uncollared female was found Wednesday along Corkscrew Road in Lee County, near the Collier County line. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

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