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5 Things to Know in Florida for July 22

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

TROPICAL DEPRESSION MOVES WEST ACROSS THE ATLANTIC

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expect the depression to into a trough of low pressure in two to three days. Early Tuesday, the depression was centered about 1,025 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

HEALTH OFFICIALS CRACK DOWN ON MEDICAID MARKETING

State health officials are taking a cue from past problems and banning health insurance companies from marketing their plans directly to Medicaid consumers as the state rolls out a massive overhaul by transitioning millions into managed care. Insurance companies are allowed to market to consumers under the contracts, but only if the state gives prior approval. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration isn't approving any marketing events at this time.

ORLANDO CITY REINSTATES FAN GROUP; BANS 15 FANS

Orlando City Soccer Club says it's reinstating one of the fan groups it suspended earlier this month following an incident in Tampa. But the club is banning 15 other fans for conduct at a recent home match. Lions president Phil Rawlins announced the decision to reinstate The Ruckus fan group in a letter to fans Monday, updating ongoing efforts to improve conduct at games.

MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS WANT ACCESS TO RECORDS

Florida media organizations, including The Associated Press, are asking the state Supreme Court to make public documents used in the state's redistricting trial. A circuit judge earlier this month ruled that Florida legislators illegally drew maps for Congress. Judge Terry Lewis based part of that ruling on evidence that was not made public. The evidence included emails and documents taken from Republican political consultants.

FLORIDA MOM DENIED 'STAND YOUR GROUND' DEFENSE

A Jacksonville woman's request to use Florida's so-called "stand your ground" law as a defense for charges that arose after she fired a gun at her husband has been denied by a judge. In an order dated earlier this month, Duval County Circuit Court Judge James Daniel rejected 33-year-old Marissa Alexander's request to use the defense at her trial, scheduled to begin Dec. 1.

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