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UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: 10/7  8:30 a.m. Hurricane Nate is a category 1 storm steaming through the Gulf of Mexico. Currently maximum sustained winds are at 85 mph with movement to the north northwest at 22 mph. Currently our area remains under a hurricane watch, tropical storm warning and storm surge warning. We spoke with Jason Beaman, meteorologist […]

Opioid abuse declared state emergency

Opioid abuse declared state emergency

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declaration that opioid abuse has become a national epidemic, Gov. Rick Scott declared a Public Health Emergency in Florida Wednesday. The declaration opens up $27 million in federal funds for the state to use in prevention, treatment and recovery services News Service of Florida reports. “I know firsthand how heartbreaking substance […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 15

VICTIMS’ FAMILIES OF ORLANDO CLUB SHOOTING WILL GET MOST MONEY FROM FUND The families of the victims slain at the Pulse nightclub will get the most money from a $20 million fund established to help the victims’ families and survivors the mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The exact amount each family will get is […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 9

POLICE: HUMAN REMAINS IN GATOR’S STOMACH Lakeland police spokesman Gary Gross said Wednesday that the remains found inside the alligator during a necropsy matched the body found in its mouth Tuesday. Gross says detectives still don’t know if the unidentified man drowned or was killed by the gator. His body was decomposed, indicating he had […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 8

TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS DISCONTINUED FOR COLIN National Hurricane Center forecasters said the center of post-tropical cyclone Colin was moving toward the northeast at close to 40 mph. The center of the storm was expected to move away from the North Carolina coast Tuesday and pass east of the mid-Atlantic coast later in the day. FLORIDA […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 7

LAWYER: MAN LOSES EYE AFTER BEING STUNNED IN FACE BY POLICE Miami Beach attorney Michael Grieco says Gustavo Castano had nothing to do with the disappearance of 43-year-old Liliana Moreno and 9-year-old Daniela Moreno. Miami-Dade detectives began searching for the two last week after relatives from Colombia reported they hadn’t heard from them for several […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 2

EX-FLORIDA COP CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER, ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SHOOTING OF ARMED BLACK MUSICIAN Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said at a news conference Wednesday that Officer Nouman Raja has been charged in the Oct. 18 death of Corey Jones. Aronberg says a grand jury found Raja’s use of force was unjustified. 3 MORE […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 26

FLORIDA INSURERS REQUEST RATE HIKES UNDER FEDERAL HEALTH LAW Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing rate increases averaging 13 percent for 2017 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama’s health care law, but that won’t necessarily mean big consumer price hikes. Critics of so-called Obamacare will likely seize on the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 19

MAN CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING SENATOR TO GET OUT OF LOAN The U.S. attorney’s office in Tampa reports that a grand jury indicted 67-year-old Sidney Hines this week on five counts of impersonating a federal officer or employee. He faces up to 15 years in prison. PRISON TERM FOR FLORIDA LAWYER WHO EVADED $1.5 MILLION TAXES […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 11

SeaWorld Orlando’s new shark-themed coaster opening in June Mako, the park’s first new high-thrill ride in seven years, is being billed as the tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster in Orlando. It opens to park-goers June 10. Mako, named after one of the fastest and most powerful sharks in the ocean, will be the centerpiece […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 10

1 YEAR AND A DAY IN PRISON FOR THREATENING FLORIDA MOSQUES The Justice Department reported 43-year-old Martin Alan Schnitzler’s sentencing in a news release Monday. He pleaded guilty in February to obstructing persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs. He had faced up to 20 years in prison. LEAPING STURGEON KNOCKS BOATER UNCONSCIOUS ON […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 6

OFFICER FAILED TO REPORT INCIDENT PRIOR TO MURDER-SUICIDE Seminole County Sheriff Donald Eslinger said during a Thursday news conference that a former deputy neglected to fill out a report for an April 8 protective order violation involving Henry Brown and his estranged wife, Chericia Brown. Later that month, Henry Brown killed his wife, his two […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 5

UDGE UPHOLDS $23 MILLION AWARD FOR UNARMED MAN DEPUTY SHOT Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer ruled Wednesday that the amount awarded to 23-year-old Dontrell Stephens last February was not excessive. He said Stephens’ disabilities and pain justifies the award levied by the jury against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Adams Lin. FRENCH TOURIST […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

POLICE SHOOTING OF ARMED MUSICIAN HEADS TO GRAND JURY Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced during a news conference Wednesday that his office would continue its investigation of former Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja in the shooting death of musician Corey Jones. Jones had left a gig before dawn Oct. 18 when […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 27

U.S. REP. CORRINE BROWN FROM FLORIDA MAKES LAST STAND FOR HER DISTRICT Court records show attorneys for Brown late Monday announced they would take a legal challenge to Florida’s congressional districts to the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel earlier this month ruled against the veteran congresswoman. Brown had argued the current map violates federal […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 26

SMALL PLANE CRASHES INTO FLORIDA HOUSE WITH 3 ABOARD Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King was quoted by the Sun Sentinel that no one inside the house was injured when the plane hit it Monday afternoon. King said one woman and two men were inside the Hawker Beechcraft 76, and they were all in […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 21

FLORIDA OFFICIAL, 42, GETS BELATED BAR MITZVAH IN JERUSALEM On a recent trip to Israel with six other Republican lieutenant governors to discuss trade and national security issues, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera was offered a unique opportunity to participate in the Jewish coming of age ceremony usually held for 13-year-olds. The ceremony was conducted at […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 8

22 CHARGED IN MIAMI DRUG MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Thursday the case is a joint investigation with federal Homeland Security Department officials. Authorities say the undercover operation involved about $1 million a month in drug money from throughout North America. MAN GETS PROBATION FOR TAKING DAUGHTER, FRIEND TO STRIP […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 7

FLORIDA MAN WITH FLORIDA TATTOO CHARGED WITH BURGLARY Johnathan Hewett has a map of Florida tattooed on his left forehead and temple. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Hewett is seen on surveillance video prying open the door of a home last month. Officials say he took a gun and two watches. MAN AT […]

Florida’s unemployment rate hits 8-year low

Florida’s unemployment rate hits 8-year low

Gov. Rick Scott has announced that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in February, down from 10.7 percent in December 2010. This milestone marks the state’s lowest unemployment rate in eight years. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 3.4 percent has consistently exceeded the nation’s for 47-consecutive months. Over the year in February, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 31

TRUMP MISSING FROM GOLF RESORT SIGN Someone removed the script lettering spelling the Republican presidential candidate’s surname from the sign outside Trump National Jupiter. 60-FOOT-WIDE HOLE OPENS IN TARPON SPRINGS Authorities have evacuated a mobile home park along Florida’s Gulf Coast after the 35-foot-deep hole opened in the ground. About 20 residents were moved as […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 30

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 30

GOV. RICK SCOTT TELLS YALE: BRING THE IVY LEAGUE TO FLORIDA Scott on Tuesday urged Yale University to ditch Connecticut and relocate its campus. The Republican explained that Connecticut legislators are considering a bill that would tax Yale’s massive university endowment. Scott said in a statement that Florida would “welcome a world-renowned university” and promised […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 29

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 29

FLORIDA DROPS COMPLAINTS AGAINST ABORTION CLINICS Court documents show the Agency for Health Care Administration last Friday asked an administrative judge to dismiss complaints first filed last year against clinics located in St. Petersburg, Naples and Fort Myers. The state alleged that the clinics had performed second-trimester abortions that violated their licenses. Planned Parenthood representatives […]

Door to free agency opened in high school athletics

Door to free agency opened in high school athletics

Florida is one step away from opening the door to free agency in high school athletics. All that is needed now for House Bill 7029 to become a law is a signature from Governor Rick Scott. The massive education bill, which includes allowing student-athletes to transfer between seasons and be eligible to play right away, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 11

FLORIDA POISED TO APPROVE A NEARLY $82.3 BILLION BUDGET Lawmakers will vote on the budget Friday and then end their annual 60-day session on time. Unlike in past years, it appears that both Democrats and Republicans will support the spending plan. The vote is designed to “send a message” to Scott, who last year vetoed […]

Local teachers receive Shine Award

Local teachers receive Shine Award

Two Santa Rosa County teachers were among four others who received the Governor’s Shine Award. The award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. The Shine Awards were presented during a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet. Read the full article in the Mar. 10 issue of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 10

FLORIDA DEPUTIES FATALLY SHOOT MAN ARMED WITH BB GUN Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Larry McKinnon says in a news release that at least four deputies responded Tuesday night to the Windwood Oaks Apartments after 911 calls about man screaming and waiving a gun. FLORIDA REPORTS FIRST CASE OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED ZIKA VIRUS Secretary of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 9

TECHNICIAN TESTIFIES ABOUT CAMERA IN HULK HOGAN CASE David Rice testified that someone needed to manually push a button to make a recording with the camera. Hogan is suing Gawker for posting an edited version of a sex tape of him and Clem’s wife, taken in Clem’s bedroom. BILL REQUIRES ARREST BEFORE POLICE CAN SEIZE […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 8

HULK HOGAN SAYS HE WAS ‘COMPLETELY HUMILIATED’ BY SEX VIDEO Testifying in his privacy lawsuit against the Gawker website, Hogan said he didn’t authorize the tape to be made or authorize Gawker to publish it. Hogan said when he realized that his best friend, radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, was involved in making […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 3

DETECTIVES: FAKE TEEN DOCTOR STOLE $34,000 FROM PATIENT A judge ordered a teenager accused of being a fake doctor to take a mental health exam. Judge Joseph Marx ordered Wednesday that 18-year-old Malachi Love-Robinson could be released provided he undergoes the examination by Friday. EXECUTION DELAYED WHILE LAWMAKERS WORK TO FIX SYSTEM The Florida Supreme […]