5 things to know in Florida for April 3

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2013 at 4:59 am •  Published: April 3, 2013
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FLORIDA LAWMAKERS TO TAKE UP $74 BILLION BUDGET

Florida legislators are taking their first votes this year on a new state budget. House and Senate committees are expected to vote Wednesday on rival $74 billion spending plans.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN FATAL SHOOTING

A Tampa Bay area man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 2011 death that resulted from a drunken brawl-turned-knife fight-turned-shooting. Jimmie Hickman entered his guilty plea Tuesday in Pinellas County. The 34-year-old agreed to serve eight years in prison.

MANATEE COUPLE WON'T BE CHARGED FOR MARIJUANA

Manatee County prosecutors have declined to press charges against a 64-year-old man who cultivated marijuana plants to treat his wife's illness. Robert Jordan's home was raided by law enforcement in February, after receiving a tip that there were two marijuana plants growing in their back yard. Jordan's wife, 62-year-old Cathy, has used marijuana for years to control the symptoms of Lou Gehrig's disease.

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