A daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories trending hot in Florida.
FLORIDA SENATE APPROVES NEW MAPS FOR CONGRESS The Florida Senate has approved a map that revises the state’s congressional districts. The Florida Senate voted 25-12 on Monday to change seven of the state’s 27 congressional districts. The Florida House is expected to vote later Monday. Legislators are holding a special session after a judge ruled in July that two districts were drawn illegally to benefit Republicans. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis earlier this month gave legislators until Aug. 15 to draw a new map.
POLICE: HATE CRIME UNLIKELY IN RABBI’S DEATH Hundreds of mourners followed the casket of a New York rabbi who was gunned down while walking to a temple in Miami over the weekend. Miami-Dade Police stressed Monday that the slaying of Joseph Raksin appears to have been a robbery gone bad. But they said hadn’t entirely ruled out a hate crime. Raksin was visiting family when he was approached by two young men and killed Saturday.
SEN. NELSON TO HEAD TO UKRAINE U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is headed to the conflict-battered Ukraine this week. The Florida senator’s office said Monday that Nelson would travel to the Ukraine sometime this week from central Florida, although the office wouldn’t say specifically when. Nelson is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.
WOMAN, BOY DIE WHEN BOAT CAPSIZES Authorities say a woman and a 4-year-old boy are dead after being trapped under a capsized boat on the Indian River Lagoon near Melbourne. Fish and Wildlife authorities say the 18-foot Wellcraft Sportsman began taking on water and capsized after a squall struck on Sunday afternoon. Four of the six people on board made it safely off the boat.
IMMIGRANT WORKERS PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO FALSE ID CHARGES Some 100 workers from a Naples vegetable and fruit packing plant have pleaded not guilty to charges related to using false IDs for employment. The case stems from the raid of a packing plant where the workers were detained, most of them presumed to be in the country illegally. The workers did not attend Monday’s hearing in Naples.