5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 16

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

BLACK LEGISLATORS CANCEL MEETING WITH FLORIDA GOVERNOR

Florida’s black state legislators are saying that it would be a waste of time to meet with Gov. Rick Scott. The Florida Legislative Black Caucus requested a meeting with the Republican governor. But the group on Wednesday abruptly cancelled the meeting just hours ahead of time. Members of the group concluded that Scott had not addressed their concerns in the past.

PROSECUTOR: FLORIDA TOPS US IN ID THEFT, TAX FRAUD

Florida has the nation’s highest rate of identity theft, led by the fraud-wracked Miami area, and thieves are increasingly using the ill-gotten personal information to rip off the government through fraudulent tax refunds, a top federal prosecutor said Wednesday. The identity theft rate in Florida in 2012 was more than 361 complaints for every 100,000 residents, according to the most recent Federal Trade Commission data.

TAMPA COP STRUCK BY VEHICLE DURING INVESTIGATION

Authorities say a man is in custody after hitting a Tampa police captain with his vehicle. Police were investigating a tip Wednesday morning about the dealing of stolen merchandise and guns. After police boxed in a suspect’s vehicle, Captain Stephen Hartnett approached the vehicle. Police say 23-year-old Jaime Parchmon rammed a police car and tried to run over Hartnett. A second officer fired into Parchmon’s car.

COLD-STUNNED SEA TURTLES RELEASED

Dozens of endangered sea turtles that were recused during last week’s cold snap are being returned to the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of northwest Florida. About 50 turtles were tagged and released on Tuesday. Cold-stunned turtles become listless and may wash ashore, unable to move and vulnerable to attacks from other animals.

DOLPHINS HIRE EAGLES COACH AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

The Miami Dolphins have hired Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator, according to a source familiar with the situation. He will replace Mike Sherman, who was fired last week after two seasons. Lazor spent a year with the Eagles.

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