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5 Things To Know for Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

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Posted at 6:50 AM, Oct 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-18 07:00:27-04

While you were sleeping, we compiled the biggest stories of the day in one place. Each story has a quick and easy summary, so you're prepared for whatever the day brings. Just click on the links if you want to know more!

1. Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping missionaries in Haiti
A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings is accused by police of abducting 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization.

Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping missionaries in Haiti

2. Florida State Sen. Annette Taddeo set to announce gubernatorial run
The Florida state senator from Miami-Dade County is expected to announce her candidacy during a Monday morning news conference in Tallahassee.

Florida State Sen. Annette Taddeo set to announce gubernatorial run

3. West Palm Beach to offer free rides on electric shuttle
West Palm Beach is relaunching its shuttle service today and will be offering free rides for the next few months.

West Palm Beach offers on-demand shuttle service

4. Jury selection to start in trial over Ahmaud Arbery's death
Hundreds of people have been ordered to report for jury duty in Georgia for what could be a long, laborious effort to find jurors to hear the trial of three white men charged with fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery.

Jury selection to start in trial over Ahmaud Arbery's death

5. Betty Lynn, Thelma Lou on 'The Andy Griffith Show,' has died
Betty Lynn, who was best known as Barney Fife's sweetheart Thelma Lou on "The Andy Griffith Show," has died at the age of 95.

Betty Lynn, Thelma Lou on 'The Andy Griffith Show,' has died

Today's Forecast
A cool front has dropped the humidity, so it feels much more comfortable out there. Highs today in the mid-80s, sunny but breezy at times.

South Florida Monday morning forecast (10/18/21)

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

First Alert Traffic
There are no significant traffic delays for your morning commute.

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On This Day In History
The formal transfer of the territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States occurred on Oct. 18, 1867. The territory would not become a state until 1959.

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