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5 Things to Know in Florida for July 16

Published:   |   Updated: July 16, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

HEARING SET IN JUSTIN BIEBER'S FLORIDA DUI CASE

A hearing will be held to determine whether Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. The hearing Wednesday in Miami is meant for prosecutors and Bieber's lawyers to tell a judge if they're ready for trial, or if there is a plea deal in the works. Trial for the 20-year-old pop star is currently set for July 28. Bieber was arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street race between Bieber and a friend.

WESTGATE RESORTS' SIEGEL BUYS ORLANDO PREDATORS

The owner of a Florida timeshare resort firm is jumping into the world of arena football. Westgate Resorts founder and CEO David Siegel announced the purchase of the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators at a news conference Tuesday. Westgate executive Jared Saft was named as the team's new president. Rob Keefe will remain the Predators coach.

81 CASES OF MOSQUITO VIRUS NOW TALLIED IN FLORIDA

The number of Floridians infected with the mosquito-borne virus called chikungunya has risen to 81. The state health department says 15 new cases were reported last week. All individuals who contracted the virus while travelling abroad.

TEXAS DRILLING COMPANY SHUTS DOWN DISPUTED WELL

A Texas drilling company has shut down operations at a disputed southwest Florida oil well until further notice. The Dan A. Hughes Company announced the shutdown of the Collier-Hogan well Tuesday. This comes just days after announcing it had abandoned plans for two exploratory oil wells near endangered panther habitat in the area. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection also has announced that it plans to sue the company for failing to comply with a list of previous demands.

WIFE SAYS SHARK BITE VICTIM IS RECOVERING ON CRUTCHES, WILL FINISH FAMILY VACATION IN FLORIDA'S PANHANDLE

Melissa Moore says her husband Terrell suffered a broken foot and two deep puncture wounds after being bitten Monday in the waters off Okaloosa Island. The Tennessee man was swimming with her and their 11-year-old son about 75 yards from shore, near two men who were fishing, when he was bitten. Authorities say Terrell Moore later described seeing a 4-foot-long gray shark swim away from him.

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