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5 Things To Know On Friday, November 20, 2020

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Posted at 7:02 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 07:03:48-05

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. DeSantis: Coronavirus vaccines coming within weeks
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says hospitals throughout the state may begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines within the next three to six weeks.

The governor said Florida has been actively planning and preparing for vaccine distribution, and has purchased five million syringes, five million needles, and five million alcohol swabs.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, said that the “cavalry is coming" in first coronavirus task force briefing since July.

Gov. DeSantis says first coronavirus vaccines available in 3 to 6 weeks

2. Election 2020 Latest: Biden wins Georgia recount
Following a hand recount of ballots in Georgia, President-elect Joe Biden maintained a 12,000-vote lead over President Donald Trump.

The conclusion of the recount means that Biden is the projected winner of the state and its 16 Electoral College votes, according to the Associated Press.

Trump's legal team has suggested that a judge order Pennsylvania to set aside the popular vote there and his allies are pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies. Election law experts don't believe this will change any outcomes.

Recount over. Joe Biden wins the state of Georgia

3. Missing Child Alert issued for 13-year-old girl from Miami
A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for 13-year-old Paige Strickland. Police say it may be difficult for Paige to communicate.

Paige has dyed purple and blonde hair. She has a reddish birthmark on her right cheek. She may have a blue backpack with her.

If you have any information about this child, you're asked to call the Miami Police Department at (305) 603-6300 or 911.

Missing Child Alert issued for 13-year-old girl from Miami

4. Bad News for Homeowners: Insurance rate hikes and less CARES help
Since January of this year, state regulators have approved about 100 rate hike requests involving dozens of property insurers.

The insurance industry blames the 2017-2018 storm season. Hurricanes Irma and Michael caused catastrophic damage and triggered more than $20 billion in claims.

Some homeowners will be denied help promised by Palm Beach County under the federal CARES act.

Millions of Florida homeowners set to suffer tidal wave of insurance rate hikes

5. What To Do This Weekend: Santa, light shows and more
Santa Claus has added more venues to his appearance calendar, and Adam Carolla is in town unscripted, plus a lot more holiday fun round out this weekend's list.

Saturday, Santa will start making daily appearances at The Gardens Mall running daily through Christmas Eve. How will that work in the age of coronacirus? Check out the video below.

Socially distant Santa Photos

Today's Forecast
Windy weekend ahead.

Latest Weather Forecast: Friday 5 a.m.

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History
Happy Anniversary, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip!

On November 20, 1947, in a lavish wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London, Princess Elizabeth marries her distant cousin, Philip Mountbatten, a dashing former prince of Greece and Denmark who renounced his titles in order to marry the English princess.

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