5 Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 5
MIAMI (AP) — Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
5 FORMER PRESIDENTS TO ATTEND HURRICANE RELIEF CONCERT
All five living former U.S. presidents will attend a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M University later this month to help storm recoveries in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. George H.W Bush would be joined by his son, former President George W. Bush, and former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
IRMA CAUSES $2.5B IN DAMAGE TO FLORIDA’S AGRICULTURE SECTOR
State officials say Hurricane Irma dealt Florida’s iconic orange crop the most devastating blow causing more than $760 million in damage. Beef cattle and dairy were next with $237 million and nearly $12 million respectively.
GOV. RICK SCOTT ENCOURAGES TOURISTS TO RETURN TO KEYS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA.
The Keys officially reopened to visitors Sunday, although Keys leaders continue asking tourists to be sensitive to recovery efforts in the Lower Keys, an area north of Key West to the Seven Mile Bridge that was hit hard by the storm.
PROSECUTORS WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY IN CLOWN KILLING CASE
Florida prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a woman accused of dressing up like a clown in 1990 and fatally shooting the wife of a man she later married. Sheila Keen Warren was ordered held without bail at a Wednesday court hearing. She was extradited Tuesday from Abingdon, Virginia, where she lived with her husband Michael Warren for years.
WHITE HOUSE SEEKS $29B IN DISASTER AID
The Trump administration on Wednesday asked Congress for $29 billion in disaster aid to cover ongoing hurricane relief and recovery efforts and to pay federal flood insurance claims. The request comes as the government is spending almost $200 million a day for emergency hurricane response and faces a surge in flood claims for federally insured homes and businesses slammed by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.