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5 things to know in Florida for Jan. 15

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FLORIDA -- Your look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

FAMU TO HIRE NEW DIRECTOR FOR SUSPENDED BAND Florida A&M University is hiring a new director for its famed band, even though The Marching 100 remains sidelined. FAMU interim president Larry Robinson is expected on Tuesday to name a successor to former band director Julian White.

FLORIDA FIRST LADY KICKS OFF ANNUAL LITERACY CAMPAIGN Florida first lady Ann Scott has launched the state's fifth annual literacy campaign at a charter school in The Villages.

SHOCK JOCK TRIAL IN TAMPA COURTROOM BEGINS Jury selection is underway in the defamation trial between two Tampa Bay-area radio disc jockeys. Todd Schnitt - better known as MJ, the host of the now-defunct "MJ Morning Show" - filed suit against Bubba "The Love Sponge" Clem. Clem is accused of making defamatory remarks about Schnitt and his wife, who is a former Assistant State Attorney.

78 ARRESTED DURING 4-DAY PROSTITUTION SWEEP Polk County detectives have arrested a total of 78 people during a four-day undercover prostitution investigation.

2 MOTHERS GET PRISON FOR STAGING CAR WRECKS Two South Florida mothers have been sentenced to prison for their roles in staging car accidents to commit fraud on insurors. Evidence showed the women submitted false insurance claims for chiropractic and massage therapy they did not need or receive.

Associated Press

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