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5 Things To Know On Monday, September 28, 2020

Posted at 6:37 AM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 06:37:34-04

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1. Florida is moving into Phase Three, but what does that mean?
Gov. DeSantis says restaurants and hotels can operate at a minimum of 50% capacity, or go all the way to full capacity indoors and outdoors, and they cannot be restricted by local governments.

DeSantis added that as part of his Phase Three executive order, all outstanding fines and penalties against individuals who have violated city and county mask mandates have been suspended.

The governor said local governments in South Florida can still put restrictions on certain venues like banquet halls, or adjust the capacity limits at bars.

Florida moves to Phase 3 effective Friday

2. How is Florida doing with the coronaviurs?
Florida passed 700,000 coronavirus cases with rise of 1,882 Sunday.

Florida's total of 700,564 cases is 9.9 percent of the total infection in the U.S. though the state only comprises 6.5 percent of the population.

It took nine days for the Florida death toll to pass from 13,000 to 14,00. It was eight days to pass 12,000 on Sept.9.

State passes 700,000 coronavirus cases

3. What's trending? Trump's taxes
President Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years, according to a report in The New York Times. The report said he paid $750 in taxes to the federal government the year he was elected, 2016, and $750 again his first year in office.

Trump has fiercely guarded his tax filings, becoming the only president in modern times not to make them public.

During a briefing Sunday evening, Trump was asked about the story and his taxes. He replied, “Fake news. It’s totally fake news.”

NY Times: Trump paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016, 2017

4. What a weekend for Miami spots
The Heat are going to the NBA Finals, winning the series 4-2 -- and now, they'll see LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for the title. Game 1 of that series is Wednesday night.

The Hurricanes are ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll for the first time since September 2018. The Miami Dolphins also had a big win Thursday over the Jaguars.

Miami Marlins made the playoffs this weekend just a year after their National League-worst 105 loss season and on anniversary of Jose Fernandez's death.

Heat oust Celtics, advance to NBA Finals

5. What's next for Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett?
The Republican-led Senate is expected to move quickly toward a confirmation vote.

It is up to the Senate Judiciary Committee to vet the nominee and hold confirmation hearings. The FBI also conducts a background check. Once the committee approves the nomination, it goes to the Senate floor for a final vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t yet said for certain whether a final vote will come before or after the Nov. 3 presidential election, just a little more than five weeks away, but Republicans are eyeing a vote in late October.

Here's what is next for Supreme Court Justice Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

Today's Forecast
Rain chances go up Monday, then also with a cold front on Wednesday.

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On This Day In History
On September 28, 1965, six years after he led the Cuban Revolution and four years after the failed U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs Invasion, Fidel Castro announces that any Cuban who wished to leave the island was free to do so.

With Cuban forces no longer blocking civilians from leaving, a massive wave of emigration ensued, bringing hundreds of thousands of Cuban immigrants to Florida.

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