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5 Things To Know On Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Posted at 7:01 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 07:01:44-05

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1. How much vaccine does Florida have left? Depends on who you ask:
Florida was among 4 states posting triple-digit coronavirus deaths increases Monday as deaths in the U.S. passed 400,000 Tuesday, taking 36 days to increase by 100,000.

A White House official said Florida has only used about half of the COVID-19 vaccine supply it's received from the federal government, despite repeated calls from Gov. Ron DeSantis for President Joe Biden's administration to immediately send more doses to the state.

The governor, who has been critical of the Biden administration's plan to open dozens of FEMA-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites across the country, once again urged the Biden Administration on Monday to send more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Sunshine State.

Jen Psaki talks COVID-19 vaccine in Florida

2. Should the Olympics be moved to Florida? Florida CFO sends letter:
Florida has never hosted the Olympic games, but the state's chief financial officer wants to see it happen this year.

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee on Monday encouraging them to consider relocating the 2021 Summer Olympics from Tokyo to the Sunshine State.

The games were postponed last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, and there have been reports that this year's games could be delayed again. However, IOC President Thomas Bach and local organizers said last week they are focused on the summer games opening in Japan on July 23.

WEB EXTRA: Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis sends letter to IOC asking Tokyo Olympics be held in Florida

3. Pilot dies in small plane crashed near Boynton Beach Inlet
The body of 24-year-old pilot Abhishek Patter has been found inside a small plane that crashed Sunday night near the Boynton Beach Inlet, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Piper PA-28 Cherokee was flying from Palm Beach County Park Airport in Lantana to Merritt Island Airport when it was reported to have crashed about 8 p.m. Sunday.

Exclusive video from Chopper 5 on Monday morning showed the outline of the plane under the water about a mile offshore, with an orange buoy tied to the wreckage.

Body of pilot found after small plane crashes near Boynton Beach Inlet

4. Petition to name Florida highway after Trump hits a speed bump:
U.S. Highway 27 stretches nearly 500 miles through most of Florida. Last week, State Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Clermont, proposed renaming the road after Trump.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay's district said changing Highway 27's name is ultimately up to the Legislature, and if it passes, every city in every county the highway runs through would have to pass resolutions to hang the new signage.

"I think it's too soon to be considering naming anything after Donald Trump," McKinlay said.

"No matter your political viewpoint, I believe every president should be honored in some significant way," Sabatini said.

Petition to rename US Highway 27 to honor former President Donald Trump

5. What's going on with the Senate? Filibuster stays, impeachment trial begins
On Monday evening — for the second time in just over a year — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent an article of impeachment against now-former President Donald Trump over to the Senate, marking the formal start of a trial in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said that trial proceedings would not begin until the week of Feb. 8. The delay gives the chamber time to consider the nominations for President Joe Biden's cabinet and his early policy proposals and allows Trump's lawyers to prepare his defense.

Given news on Monday that Sens. Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema would oppose eliminating the filibuster, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will work with Schumer in creating a power-sharing agreement.

House transfers Trump's article of impeachment to Senate ahead of trial

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On This Day In History
On January 26, 2020, a helicopter carrying former pro basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others crashes in Calabasas, California, roughly 30 miles north of Los Angeles; everyone onboard died.

In this July 26, 2018, file photo former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch during the U.S. national championships swimming meet in Irvine, Calif. Federal investigators say wreckage from the helicopter that crashed last month and killed Bryant, his daughter and seven others did not show any outward evidence of engine failure, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson,File)

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