l FLORIDA CITIES ON GUARD FOR ANY POST-ZIMMERMAN UNREST
Police and city leaders in Sanford and South Florida say they have taken precautionary steps for possible protests or civil unrest if George Zimmerman is acquitted in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. For months officials have been working with pastors, youth coaches and community activists to stress a non-violent approach once a jury verdict is announced.
l $69 MILLION IN AQUACULTURE SOLD IN FLORIDA IN 2012
Florida's aquaculture industry sold $69 million worth of fish, alligators, aquatic plants and other animals last year. State agriculture officials said this week that ornamental fish made up the most sales, with $35.5 million sold in 2012. Sales of aquaculture for human consumption — things like marine fish, clams, oysters, shrimp, prawns, alligators and turtles — totaled $24.1 million.
l SURVEY SAYS FLORIDA CONTINUED TO ADD JOBS IN JUNE
Florida continues to add jobs according to a new employment survey. Payroll provider ADP reported Wednesday that the state added nearly 13,000 private sector jobs during the month of June. ADP's survey is separate from the one that is conducted by government agencies.
l MAN REARRESTED AFTER HITTING DEPUTY IN JAIL LOBBY
A man being released from a southwest Florida jail was rearrested after authorities say he punched the deputy who was releasing him. Fort Myers police report that 28-year-old Lanorris Kentrell Bland was one of several inmates being released from the Lee County Jail Tuesday when he struck the deputy three times in the back.
l FLORIDA TEACHER OF THE YEAR TO BE ANNOUNCED
Florida's 2014 Teach of the Year is set to be named in Orlando. The Florida Department of Education and Macy's are holding a ceremony Thursday at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios. The event will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Deborah Norville and is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.