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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:27:36 EDT

Tri-Rail train hits pedestrian in Fort Lauderdale
A Tri-Rail train struck and reportedly killed a pedestrian just before 7:30 a.m., slowing the commuter train traffic as Monday morning’s rush hour yawned awake. Tri-Rail’s website said the northbound … Click to Continue »
Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:36:10 EDT

Oldest manatee in captivity dies a day after celebrating 69th birthday
He was an institution, a part of our childhood, Manatee County’s official mascot. He was so much more than a manatee. And now, in what the South Florida Museum is … Click to Continue »
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:44:22 EDT

Public school activists take aim at state’s support of charter schools
Before the end of last year, politics was one of the last things on Aida Reyes’ mind. A psychologist with Miami-Dade Schools for more than 30 years, she had quietly … Click to Continue »
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:17:38 EDT

He graded his ex-girlfriend’s apology letter a D- and tweeted it out. UCF suspended him for it.
Update: On Wednesday, UCF agreed to give Nick Lutz an appeal and wiped away his previous sentence. Nick Lutz blocked his ex-girlfriend’s cellphone number and on every form of social … Click to Continue »
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:29:29 EDT

Sex offender who sent girls explicit pictures now accused of threatening family
A Palmetto man convicted of sending explicit photos of himself to girls and trying to have sex with them faces a new charge of threatening the family of one of … Click to Continue »
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:08:35 EDT

Florida gets more time to make a case for 24-hour abortion waiting period
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office has 60 more days to gather evidence and testimony to defend a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for abortions, which lawmakers enacted in 2015 but which … Click to Continue »
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:04:51 EDT

Does public education in Florida get a passing grade? Appeals court to decide.
The Florida Constitution requires the state to provide “a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools” — but is that general standard something that can … Click to Continue »
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:25:11 EDT

His church co-workers wanted to play a prank. They found child porn instead, cops say
A former worship director was arrested after child pornography was accidentally discovered on his personal laptop computer. According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, on May 11 co-workers of 36-year-old … Click to Continue »
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:41:31 EDT

A teen’s body is found in the woods. Family said she had run away before
Her body was found 10 days after she was reported missing, and now investigators are trying to find out who killed 13-year-old Janessa Shannon. Shannon’s “badly decomposed” body was found … Click to Continue »
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:34:38 EDT

Pete Antonacci picked to lead Enterprise Florida
Described by Gov. Rick Scott as someone who can “get deals done,” South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Pete Antonacci has been tapped as the next leader of the … Click to Continue »
Sun, 16 Jul 2017 04:43:02 EDT

4 new rides coming to Disney World: Ratatouille, Tron, Mickey Mouse, Guardians of the Galaxy
Epcot, which has received little attention while other Walt Disney World parks have benefited from a building spree in the last five years, will get major new rides based on … Click to Continue »
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:50:41 EDT

Auditors find millions in ‘questionable costs’ at water district
Officials in charge of the smallest water management district in Florida were making a big mistake: they appeared to be keeping millions of dollars acquired from land sales instead of … Click to Continue »
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:57:20 EDT

Take a look at the Land O'Lakes sinkhole from a helicopter's view
Bay News 9's Sky9 helicopter soars over the sinkhole that opened up in Land O'Lakes Friday morning, swallowing at least two houses. … Click to Continue »
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:54:03 EDT

Florida sinkhole swallows two homes, and it’s still growing
LAND O’LAKES Two homes have been destroyed by a growing sinkhole on Ocean Pines Drive in Land O’Lakes. The hole has grown to 250 feet wide and has fully taken … Click to Continue »
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:23:01 EDT

Watch a Land O'Lakes house collapse in a sinkhole
In this video, via Bradenton Herald news partner Bay News 9, a Land O'Lakes house collapsed into a sinkhole Friday morning as a depression formed. … Click to Continue »
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:41:40 EDT

One Florida county has eliminated homework for elementary school students
Elementary schools in Marion County will say goodbye to everyday homework in the coming school year after Superintendent Heidi Maier said research shows it does not enhance learning. Maier, who … Click to Continue »
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:49:13 EDT

Nationwide Medicare fraud bust includes 80 suspects in South Florida
More than 400 suspects nationwide have been charged with falsely billing $1.3 billion to the taxpayer-funded Medicare program as well as some private insurers, including about 80 defendants in South … Click to Continue »
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:18:46 EDT

Florida Supreme Court says ‘no’ to overruling governor’s citrus canker veto
Homeowners in Broward and Lee counties who lost their citrus trees to canker or the state’s eradication program were told by Florida’s highest court Thursday that because of the governor’s … Click to Continue »
Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:38:00 EDT

What’s in Florida’s water? Court lets challenge to water standards go forward
Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, an appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures. … Click to Continue »
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:04:41 EDT

ACLU files suit challenging Trump voter-fraud commission data request
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Monday in Miami seeking to prevent President Donald Trump’s voter-fraud commission from collecting voter data it is seeking from all 50 … Click to Continue »
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:52:19 EDT

Florida women’s prison loses pump; some inmates complain they have to buy drinking water
Florida’s Lowell Correctional Institution — among the largest women’s prisons in the country — has been without water for several days, state officials confirmed Monday. A water pump broke after … Click to Continue »
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:13:00 EDT

Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks during the Venezuela freedom rally in Doral.
During a ‘freedom rally’ for Venezuela ,Gov. Rick Scott pushed to ban Floridians from doing business with all Maduro-friendly organizations in Venezuela. … Click to Continue »
Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:32:33 EDT

Miami Senate candidate called ‘belligerent’ by Boston police in 2012 misdemeanor arrest
A former Miami lawmaker hoping to return to the state Senate this summer was arrested in Boston nearly five years ago after police say he and a guest ignored orders … Click to Continue »
Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:28:36 EDT

Tampa man attacked flight attendant, forced plane to land, Delta says
A Beijing-bound flight from Seattle had to turn back Thursday night after a Florida man allegedly attacked a flight attendant, authorities said. Joseph Hudek IV, 23, of Tampa, was arrested … Click to Continue »
Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:57:29 EDT

Florida will comply with part of Trump commission’s voter data request
Amid pleas from Democrats urging Florida to reject President Donald Trump’s administration to provide voter data, Florida’s election chief announced Thursday that he will comply with the data request — … Click to Continue »
Thu, 06 Jul 2017 19:06:47 EDT

Lawsuit demands Florida pay up on $1 billion in donation matches to state schools
In the 1970s, Florida joined a wave of states that encouraged private philanthropy to public universities by matching donations. Following the housing market crash and economic downturn, the Legislature put … Click to Continue »
Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:28:16 EDT

Florida police release bodycam video of fiery apartment explosion
The Fort Pierce Police Department released bodycam video taken after a car, loaded with propane tanks, intentionally crashed into an apartment building on July 4, 2017. The driver, who died, had a fight prior to the crash with his ex-girlfriend who lived in the building. The ex-girlfriend and her family escaped through the back door. … Click to Continue »
Wed, 05 Jul 2017 10:17:37 EDT

Police rescue dog left in hot car
Police officers in Boynton Beach, Florida were forced to smash a car window to rescue a dog that was left inside a hot vehicle. Police said the temperature inside the car had reached 110 degrees. The dog's owner eventually returned to her car and was issued a citation. … Click to Continue »
Tue, 04 Jul 2017 12:23:39 EDT

GFW/Impact Wrestling remembers Pulse Nightclub, welcomes Marrero
Tony Marrero is a survivor, an inspiration and a person. Part of the horrific tragedy last year at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Marrero miraculously survived five bullets to the back … Click to Continue »
Mon, 03 Jul 2017 16:00:49 EDT

Florida schedules its first execution in more than 18 months
Florida is planning to execute its next Death Row inmate in August — which will be the first execution in more than a year and a half amid months of … Click to Continue »