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5 Things To Know In Florida For Dec. 24

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FLORIDA GAVE UP TRYING TO COLLECT $124.2 MILLION IN TAXES AND FINES

A large portion written off by state officials for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was unpaid taxes, including sales taxes, corporate income taxes and unemployment taxes.

TAMPA ATTORNEY, GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE BILL MCBRIDE DIES OF HEART ATTACK AT AGE 67

The Democrat who came out of nowhere to defeat Janet Reno for the party’s 2002 gubernatorial nomination but then lost to Republican Gov. Jeb Bush. His wife, Alex Sink, also unsuccessfully ran for governor.

FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER RYAN FREEL FOUND DEAD IN JACKSONVILLE HOME

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says Freel died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound. Freel spent six of his eight big league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.

WOOD STORK NESTING STILL DECLINING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

The population of wood storks may be rebounding, but their nesting habitat in Florida is declining. Experts say nesting populations in Georgia and North Carolina are booming instead.

MINIATURE HORSES FROM GAINESVILLE ARE ON THEIR WAY TO COMFORT GRIEVING CONNECTICUT TOWN

Four small horses from Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses will be working with children, families and first responders in Newtown, Conn., in the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 

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