FLORIDA TO HOLD HEARINGS ON CASINOS AND GAMBLING
Florida state senators are holding the first of four public hearings about the future of gambling in the Sunshine State. Some 60 people have already signed up to testify Wednesday during a meeting that will be held on the north campus of Broward College. The Senate Gaming Committee will also hold hearings in Lakeland, Jacksonville and Pensacola.
UF ACQUIRES STETSON KENNEDY PAPERS
The University of Florida has acquired the papers of author, folklorist and human rights advocate Stetson Kennedy. The papers were donated by the Stetson Kennedy Foundation. The university on Tuesday hosted several events to mark the acquisition. Kennedy died in 2011 at the age of 94. Kennedy is best known for infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s, exposing their secret rituals and beliefs in a memoir.
3 CHARGED WITH SELLING FAKE BODY ARMOR
Three central Florida men are facing charges after authorities say they were selling fake body armor. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported Monday that 57-year-old Scott Anderson sold counterfeit body armor at gun shows across Florida. Agents believe 51-year-old Scott Williams and 36-year-old Arami Rodriguez worked for Anderson and assisted in the manufacturing and selling of the fake body armor.
WEST PALM DEBATES FAKE WEAPONS AT HALLOWEEN EVENT
City officials and event organizers are clashing over whether fake weapons — as part of Halloween costumes — should be allowed at West Palm Beach's Moonfest. City spokesman Elliott Cohen said Tuesday police will not allow any items that can be construed as a real weapon into Saturday's Halloween music festival.
MAN CHARGED WITH CUTTING MOTHER'S CHIHUAHUAS
A central Florida man faces animal cruelty charges after authorities say he cut the throats of four of his mother's six Chihuahuas. The Brevard County Sheriff's Office reports that 23-year-old Adam Christopher Kosa was covered in blood when deputies responded to his parents' home last Thursday.