5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 15

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3 VIE FOR GOP NOMINATION IN CONGRESSIONAL SEAT

Three Republican candidates are running to fill the congressional seat of U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who spent 43 years in Congress and passed away in October. The special primary election is being held Tuesday. Whoever wins Tuesday’s primary will face Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 general election. The GOP candidates are Mark Bircher, David Jolly and Kathleen Peters.

OFFICIALS: DAD THREW TODDLER OVER HOTEL BALCONY

Authorities say a father threw his 2-year-old son off a second-floor, hotel balcony in central Florida before jumping himself. Kissimmee police responded to the Budget Inn around 2 a.m. Tuesday. A Department of Children and Families news release says Juan Pablo Maradiaga will face an attempted murder charge. DCF says the toddler suffered multiple injuries including several fractures, but is expected to recover.

OBAMA HONORS MIAMI HEAT FOR 2ND STRAIGHT NBA TITLE

President Barack Obama has congratulated the NBA champion Miami Heat for showing the “heart and determination” it takes to sit atop the league. It was a return visit to the White House for the team on Tuesday, in honor of its second straight NBA title. Before arriving at the White House, the players visited with wounded service members recuperating at an area military hospital.

GOV. RICK SCOTT NAMES LOPEZ-CANTERA AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Florida Gov. Rick Scott named Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera as the state’s next lieutenant governor. Scott made the announcement on Tuesday in Miami.

FAMILY OF FORMER FLORIDA A&M; FOOTBALL PLAYER SUES POLICE

Attorneys for the family of a former Florida A&M; football player fatally shot by police officers in North Carolina say the department used excessive force. They’ve filed a lawsuit against the Charlotte police. The man had knocked on a door after wrecking his car, but the homeowner thought he was a robber and called 911.

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