6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Friday, February 22

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  • It’s Friday, February 22nd – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for your day.

It’s Friday, February 22nd – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for your day.

Weather wise, the warm and dry conditions stick around for the end of the work week with high temperatures in the mid-80s.

No. 1 - A man who was seen on surveillance footage firing a gunshot on Miami Beach before fatally shooting a man over the weekend has been arrested, police said.

Alan Michael Alt, 32, surrendered without incident to face charges in the Saturday night shooting that happened near Collins Avenue and 14th Street, Miami Beach Police said Thursday.

No. 2 - SunPass customers who have transponders will have their bill adjusted down, after many drivers reported that they were being overcharged.

A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation confirmed Thursday that bills for those with transponders will be adjusted down. The spokesperson recommended customers go online or to their app to dispute charges, saying it will be faster than calling.

No. 3 – An NBC 6 Responds investigation found nine scales at local airports that gave an inaccurate weight for luggage – something that allows airlines to charge you more.

During the latest state inspection, of the 20 luggage scales inspected at MIA, six failed. At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, three of the 21 scales didn't pass inspection.

Once a scale is taken out of service, it is required to be fixed within five business days and a notice of correction must be provided to the state.

No. 4 - The Florida House and Senate are in position to pass bills that repeal a prohibition on smokable forms of medical marijuana when the legislative session begins next month. But differences between the bills will still need to be worked out to beat Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' mid-March deadline for legislation that ends the ban.

The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill on a 28-1 vote Thursday, making it ready for a full House vote once the legislative session begins March 5. The Senate bill was unanimously approved in its final committee stop on Wednesday.

No. 5 - The Trump administration, which abruptly announced in December that it was pulling out of Syria, said Thursday that it will keep 200 U.S. troops in the country for now.

Trump's decision to pull 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, which he initially said would be rapid but later slowed down, shocked U.S. allies and angered the Kurds in Syria, who are vulnerable to attack by Turkey.

No. 6 - A rare sight of a bald eagle’s nest in Pembroke Pines has brought out onlookers and concerns from police about make sure everyone stays safe.

In a Facebook message posted Thursday, officers showed photos of the nest located near U.S. 27 where two baby eagles are currently living with visits from their mother and father.

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