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5 Things To Know On Thursday, July 23, 2020

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Posted at 5:18 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 05:18:34-04

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! You can watch the latest LIVE on WPTV here from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.

1. The Tropics Sent A Reminder: It's Hurricane Season
Tropical Depression 8 has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for much of the Texas Coast.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed on Wednesday morning over the central Atlantic Ocean and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Thursday.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo forms in Atlantic Ocean, expected to become hurricane by Thursday

2. The Latest On Education: DeSantis says parents should have choice, Trump wants school to open
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants parents to have a "meaningful choice" when it comes to their childrens' education.

The governor said he supports parents sending their children to either in-person classroom instruction or distance learning from home when the 2020-21 academic school year begins just weeks from now.

President Donald Trump said schools should “100%” be open this fall, despite concerns from educator unions and others over the spread of the coronavirus.

FULL NEWS CONFERENCE: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis discusses 2020-21 school year on Wednesday

3. Dark Day in Lantana: 2 women gunned down; shooter on the run
Deputies were called to a domestic dispute and found two women dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Police say the victims are sisters, 19 and 20 years old, but he did not reveal their names.

Police didn't release the name of the shooter, but the family says they believe they know who it is.

Search for gunman in deadly Lantana shooting

4. Baseball Is Back: MLB season starts today!
After a four-month delay due to the coronavirus and some back and forth negotiations, Major League Baseball's 2020 season starts today.

Baseball fans will get to watch Washington Nationals host the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the San Francisco Giants.

The other 26 teams will start their seasons on Friday.

MLB considering expanding playoffs to 14 teams

5. Officer charged in George Floyd's death, faces more charges, but this time for tax fraud
Authorities in Minnesota have charged former police officer Derek Chauvin and his estranged wife, Kellie, with multiple counts of felony tax evasion.

Chauvin has been thrust into the spotlight after a cell phone video showed the officer arresting George Floyd and pinning him down with a knee to his neck. That caused Floyd to lose consciousness and the 46-year-old man was later pronounced dead.

Floyd's death caused protests across the country demanding action against police brutality.

Ex-officer Derek Chauvin and wife charged with multiple counts of tax fraud

Today's Forecast
Like yesterday, more rain today but some peeks of sunshine.

Latest Weather Forecast 11 p.m. Wednesday

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History
On July 23, 1996, at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team wins its first-ever team gold.

The 1996 U.S. women’s team, nicknamed the “Mag 7″ or “magnificent seven,” was made up of seven immensely talented teenaged girls: Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug.

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