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5 Things To Know On Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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Posted at 7:04 AM, Mar 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-17 07:04:48-04

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. Georgia massage parlor shootings leave 8 dead
Shootings at two massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the suburbs Tuesday evening left eight people dead, many of them women of Asian descent, authorities said.

A 21-year-old man suspected in the shootings was taken into custody in southwest Georgia hours later after a manhunt, police said.

The killings came amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.

Georgia massage parlor shootings leave 8 dead

2. Former President Trump assures supporters that COVID-19 vaccination is safe
Former President Donald Trump again urged people to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, saying he would recommend vaccination to “a lot of people that don’t want to get it, and a lot of those people voted for me.”

“We have our freedoms and we have to live by that and I agree with that also. But it is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works," he said.

Trump has promoted vaccination before. When he appeared Feb. 28 at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, he said, “Everybody, go get your shot.”

3. 4-year-old boy among 3 killed in Pembroke Pines plane crash
A plane crashed into a SUV, killing the 4-year-old boy in the car and the two people on the plane on Monday.

Broward County chief medical examiner Dr. Craig Mallack confirmed Tuesday that Taylor Bishop, 4, was killed in the crash in a neighborhood near the North Perry Airport.

Pembroke Pines police, airport authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

Plane crashes into vehicle in Pembroke Pines

4. First responders in Florida could get $1,000 bonus
During a news conference in Tallahassee on Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he's asking the Florida Legislature to approve a $208 million plan that would allow all sworn law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians in the Sunshine State to receive a one-time $1,000 bonus.

That spending strategy is just one part of the many recommendations DeSantis outlined for how Florida should spend the anticipated $9 billion to $10 billion in federal stimulus funding that it's set to receive over the remainder of the year.

You can see the full plan at the link above.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds news conference in Tallahassee

5. Tiger Woods returns to Florida to recover from car crash
Tiger Woods says he's back home in Florida to resume recovering from career-threatening injuries to his right leg.

Woods was injured on Feb. 23 while driving an SUV to a television shoot along winding suburban roads in Los Angeles.

The SUV crashed over a median and off the road. He shattered bones in his lower right leg, ankle and foot. Woods says he's thankful for the outpouring of support.

Tiger Woods returns to Florida to recover from car crash

Today's Forecast
Near-record highs Thursday, cool down Friday

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On This Day In History
On March 17, 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.

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