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HEARING SET IN JUSTIN BIEBER’S FLORIDA DUI CASE A hearing is scheduled to determine whether Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. Tuesday’s hearing in Miami is meant for prosecutors and Bieber’s lawyers to tell a judge if they’re ready for trial, or if there is a plea deal in place. Bieber was arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street race between Bieber and a friend.
FLORIDA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OPPOSES POT AMENDMENT The group that represents Florida’s doctors is coming out against a proposal to allow medical marijuana in the state. Florida voters will vote this November on a measure authorizing medical marijuana. The Florida Medical Association on Monday announced it was opposed to Amendment 2.
MAN GUILTY IN FATAL ROBBERY A South Florida man faces a possible life sentence for fatally stabbing a Mexican migrant worker during a robbery. A Miami-Dade jury found 29-year-old Tyler Darnell guilty Monday of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, armed robbery and attempted murder.
FLORIDA POISED TO REVISE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS After a lengthy legal battle that has veered through multiple courtrooms and cost taxpayers millions of dollars, the Florida Legislature has decided to go ahead and draw a new map for the state’s 27 congressional districts. But the big question remains: When will voters start using it? In an extraordinary move, House Speaker Will Weatherford emailed legislators late Sunday and told them to return to the state Capitol for a special session to devise a new map. The week-long session will start Thursday.
HEALTH INSURERS RAISE 2015 FLORIDA EXCHANGE RATES The majority of insurance companies are raising the price of health plans in Florida through the Affordable Care Act exchange. State insurance officials said Monday that 14 companies filed plans, including three new insurers. Of the 11 returning plans, eight filed average rate increases ranging from 11 to 23 percent, and three filed rate decreases ranging from 5 to 12 percent.