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5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 5

By: The Associated Press
February 4, 2014 Updated: February 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm
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Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

LAWYER SAYS TIMELY JUSTICE ACT IS UNFAIR

A lawyer for death row inmates told Florida Supreme Court justices a law meant to quicken the process of carrying out death sentences unfairly limits the opportunity for condemned prisoners to introduce new evidence. The state says the act only mandates that the process is carried out in a reasonable amount of time.

OFFICIALS: 22 CHARGED IN FLORIDA INSURANCE FRAUD RING

Authorities say 22 people have been charged in a major home insurance fraud ring operating in South Florida. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Tuesday losses from the fraud are estimated at $7.6 million. The fraud usually involved staged fires or floods at homes owned by people who were recruited by the fraud ringleaders.

JUSTIN BIEBER GETS MARCH TRIAL DATE

Pop star Justin Bieber has a March 3 court date with a Miami-Dade County judge following his recent arrest on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an invalid driver's license. Bieber's attorneys have already filed a not guilty plea for him. Initial trial dates are often postponed.

JEB BUSH BACKS CANDIDATE IN NEW AD

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears in a new television ad to help Republican David Jolly in the race to fill the seat of the late Rep. Bill Young. The spot is funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and begins airing Tuesday in Florida's 13th Congressional District, which includes the St. Petersburg area.

MIAMI, DEVELOPER IN QUANDRY OVER PREHISTORIC FIND

Archaeologists say an extensive Native American village is one of the most significant prehistoric finds in the United States. But it is located in an area of downtown Miami under development by MDM Developmental Group, which plans to build a movie theater, restaurants and shops. Officials are considering their options.

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