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5 Things to Know in Florida for June 24

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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 6:58 am

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

3 FIGHT TO FILL OPEN CONGRESSIONAL SEAT IN FLORIDA

Voters in southwest Florida are selecting a replacement for former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel in a special election. Polls in Lee and Collier counties open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m. Radel resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. Republican Curt Clawson, a former CEO of an aluminum wheel company, is the favorite to replace him in the heavily Republican district. Also on the ballot are Democrat April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood.

NORTH FLORIDA TOWN COMMISSIONER SUSPENDED

A north Florida town commissioner has been suspended from office after being charged with commercial littering and reckless pollution. Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Monday suspending Inglis Town Commissioner Michael Andrew White. Under Florida law, any local elected official facing a felony charge must be suspended from office until the case is resolved.

FLORIDA LOTTERY REBRANDING MEGA MONEY GAME

The Florida Lottery is jettisoning its Mega Money game and replacing it with a similar online terminal game called Lucky Money. Lottery officials announced that Mega Money is ending on July 1. The game was first introduced back in 1998. Tickets for Lucky Money will go on sale the following day.

FLORIDA HAD HIGHEST RATE OF SHORT SALES IN MAY

Once again, Florida led the nation in short sales of homes in May. The research firm RealtyTrac said Tuesday that more than 11 percent of all home sales in Florida were short sales in May. A short sale takes place when an owner sells a home for less than the amount the owner owes on the property.

BOY DIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA APARTMENT FIRE

Authorities say a young boy died in a South Florida apartment fire after he and his brother were left home alone. Lauderhill police say firefighters responded to the home early Monday morning. Officials say 9-year-old Justin Isme was able to survive by jumping from a second-story window, but 8-year-old Jayden Isme was not able to get out. Firefighters found the boy dead inside the apartment.

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