5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 19

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm •  Published: February 18, 2014
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MIAMI-DADE LEADERS LAUNCH RESPONSIBLE GUN VENDOR INITIATIVE

Leaders of 14 municipalities in Miami-Dade County are taking part in the launch of a new firearms vendor initiative aimed at using market forces to promote responsibility in the gun industry. The Arms With Ethics organization says its aim is to get gun vendors who sell weapons to cities to adopt a series of best practices, such as training workers to recognize illicit gun purchases and doing regular inventory checks.

STATE SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDERS GRADING SYSTEM CHANGES

The State Board of Education is meeting in Orlando to consider Commissioner Pam Stewart's proposed plan to simplify Florida's school grading system. The plan removes items that automatically cause a school grad to drop. It also eliminates SAT scores and certain graduation rates from the complex formula used to evaluate high schools.

LOTTERY SETS ALL-TIME WEEKLY SCRATCH-OFF SALES RECORD

The Florida Lottery reports that more people bought tickets for its scratch-off games last week than ever before in history. Lottery officials said Monday that $78.5 million in scratch-off game tickets were sold the week beginning Feb. 10. That's $4.5 million more than the previous record, which was set in March 2012.