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5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 3

Published:   |   Updated: September 2, 2014 at 08:48 PM

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

FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICT CANCELS TESTING OPT-OUT

Florida's Lee County school board has rescinded its vote to opt-out of the state's standardized testing. At a meeting Tuesday morning, the board voted 3-2 in favor of resuming testing. In a first for Florida districts, Lee County voted last week not to administer tests tied to the Common Core academic standards or any end-of-course exams.

SETTLEMENT IN DISPUTE BETWEEN FLORIDA TEMPLE, CITY

A settlement has been reached between a South Florida city and a Jewish temple in a long-running dispute pitting religious freedom and property rights against historic preservation. Temple B'nai Zion attorney Keith D. Silverstein said Tuesday the agreement keeps in place the Sunny Isles Beach temple's historic designation but allows some valuable new development rights. The temple also is being paid $175,000.

CASEY ANTHONY JUDGE RETIRES, JOINS PRIVATE FIRM

A Florida judge who gained an international audience while presiding over Casey Anthony's murder trial is retiring from the bench, but not from the courtroom. Just days after officially resigning his post as the chief judge of Florida's Ninth Judicial Circuit where he served nearly 25 years as a judge, Belvin Perry announced Monday that he's headed back to private practice and joining the Morgan and Morgan Law Firm.

TEEN, 15, ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS MOTHER

A 15-year-old southwest Florida boy is charged with killing his mother. The Lee County Sheriff's Office investigators found the body 42-year-old Tamara Jean Davis on Sunday after neighbors reported a horrible odor coming from her North Fort Myers house. She had been reported missing on Aug. 24. Neighbors told the News-Press of Fort Myers that the smell had been getting worse over the past two weeks.

FLORIDA GOV. SCOTT CANCELS RALLY AFTER REPORTS ON SOTLOFF

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is cancelling political events after a video surfaced purporting to show the killing of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff. Scott launched a two-week tour on Labor Day and planned on Tuesday to hold his second political rally of the day at a hardware store. But during the stop Scott instead asked supporters to give a moment of silence to Sotloff. Sotloff's mother lives in the Miami area, and he attended the University of Central Florida.

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