5 things to know in Florida for March 28

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 28, 2013 at 5:06 am •  Published: March 28, 2013

MIAMI (AP) — Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

FLORIDA WOMAN BILKED MEDICAID TO PAY FOR TRIPS

An Orange County woman is facing charges after she allegedly bilked $3 million from the state Medicaid system. Attorney General Pam Bondi said Wednesday that authorities had arrested Janie Vittini. The owner of Improving Together, Inc. has been accused of billing Medicaid for mental health services that her company never provided.

FLORIDA BILL ADVANCES TO OUTLAW "BONGS"

The long pipes commonly associated with marijuana smoking may soon take a hit in Florida. Legislation aimed at prohibiting the sale of glass and other pipes, commonly called "bongs," sailed through the House Business and Professional Regulation subcommittee on Wednesday.

FLORIDA TROOPER WANTS JOB BACK, CALLS POLICY COMMON

A Florida state trooper is trying to get his job back after being fired for giving a speeding lawmaker a break. Charles Swindle said he was dismissed March 15 — despite a recommendation letter from his immediate supervisor — after what many troopers say has long been a long, albeit hush-hush practice of giving speeding legislators a break when possible.

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