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Florida executes man for 1990 murder while a fugitive

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 16:27

Donald Dillbeck was executed Thursday for the murder of a Tallahassee woman in a parking lot more than 30 years ago. It was the state's first execution since 2019.

‘We loved him here’: School staff in West Palm Beach warmly remember reporter who died in shooting

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 16:05

The reporter who was among those killed in Wednesday’s shootings near Orlando is being remembered as a “shining star” who did well in his classes at the South Florida high school he attended.

Orlando shooting: Affidavit details start of Pine Hills spree, but not motive

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 15:23

An affidavit detailing the killing of Nathacha Augustin revealed some details but not the alleged motive of suspect Keith Melvin Moses.

Florida House says school voucher plan would cost $209 million next year. Critics disagree — by billions

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 15:18

Florida House analysts estimate that a proposal to make all students eligible for taxpayer-funded vouchers would cost $209.6 million next year, while critics say that dramatically underestimates potential costs.

DeSantis wants to remove ‘enticement of employment,’ increase criminal charges for illegal immigration

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 14:34

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced legislation Thursday that will increase the penalties for human smuggling while cracking down on paths to employment, education and obtaining legal identification for undocumented immigrants.

‘He loved what he did:’ News 13 reporter, UCF alum Dylan Lyons killed in Orlando shooting

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 13:03

Spectrum News 13 announced the names of their two TV journalists who were shot while covering a homicide case in Orange County on Wednesday.

NASA leaders fear Congress will cut back Artemis funding

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 11:19

NASA leaders sounded a warning bell about funding by Congress that could threaten the pace of the Artemis lunar missions.

Mental evaluation ordered for man tied to Palm Beach County Lyft driver’s death

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 07:20

A judge has ordered a mental evaluation at the request of the attorney for a man who was arrested in North Carolina while driving the car of a dead Lyft driver from Florida and who is also charged with murder in a separate case.

Orlando TV news journalist, 9-year-old girl killed in shootings near earlier homicide scene

Thu, 02/23/2023 - 04:54

Orange County Sheriff John Mina said at a news conference that the journalist for Spectrum News 13 was among four people who were shot near the crime scene.

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block Florida inmate’s execution

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 17:14

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block Thursday’s scheduled execution of convicted murderer Donald David Dillbeck, setting the stage for Florida to put an inmate to death for the first time since 2019.

Uproar over proposed law to ban driving with dogs leaning out of car windows. ‘This is not something that Floridians want.’

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 17:06

A proposed ban on people driving with their dogs’ heads outside car windows drew a swift backlash within days of its introduction that sponsoring state Sen. Lauren Book, of Broward, now plans to remove, or significantly change, that provision in comprehensive animal-welfare legislation.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over DeSantis’ migrant flights

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 17:01

A Leon County circuit judge Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed after Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration sparked a controversy in September by flying about 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

No cow needed: Oat and soy can be called milk, FDA proposes

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 14:34

Food and Drug Administration officials issued guidance that says consumers aren’t confused by the difference

Florida wants to move forward with abortion clinic law

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 12:21

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody asked a federal judge on Wednesday to scrap a 2016 ruling that prevented the state from cutting off public money to abortion providers for health services unrelated to abortion.

‘To me, he was a good kid’: Two suspects on the loose after killing Boynton Beach teen in a park, police say

Wed, 02/22/2023 - 12:01

A Boynton Beach teen was shot to death Tuesday night after meeting two men in a West Palm Beach park. The attack was “not random,” according to West Palm Beach police.

Palm Beach art dealer pleads guilty in scheme that sold fake Andy Warhol artwork

Tue, 02/21/2023 - 19:42

A Palm Beach art dealer pleaded guilty to laundering money in a scheme that sold counterfeit artwork attributed to Andy Warhol, federal officials said. Daniel Elie Bouaziz will be sentenced in May.

South Florida professor’s job may be in jeopardy after complaint about racial justice unit

Tue, 02/21/2023 - 19:37

Samuel Joeckel, an English professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, learned last week that his contract renewal has been delayed pending a review of his racial justice unit after a parent complained to the university's president.

Man tied to slaying of South Florida Lyft driver charged in separate case

Tue, 02/21/2023 - 18:23

A man who police say was driving the car of a dead South Florida Lyft driver was charged with murder and other counts Tuesday in a separate case.

DeSantis-backed bill would make it easier to sue news media

Tue, 02/21/2023 - 16:53

Gov. Ron DeSantis-inspired push to make it easier for prominent people to sue media outlets for defamation, setting the stage for a potential First Amendment clash in the courts.

Arab astronaut set to make space station history

Tue, 02/21/2023 - 16:40

For the first time, an Arab country is sending an astronaut to the International Space Station for an extended stay on SpaceX’s Crew-6 mission set to launch from Kennedy Space Center this weekend.

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