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Feds: COVID vaccines for Florida kids available, but delayed after state failed to preorder doses

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 13:01

COVID-19 vaccines for Florida children under 5 will likely be delayed because the state failed to participate in a national preordering process managed by the U.S. Government, federal officials said Friday. Florida was the only state in the nation that did not preorder COVID-19 vaccines for children, Dr. Ashish Jha, the Biden administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, said in a national news conference conducted via Zoom from the White House.

Broward Sheriff’s sergeant no longer faces criminal charges in 2019 arrest of teen in Tamarac; ex-deputy still faces battery charges

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 12:33

Prosecutors on Thursday dropped all criminal charges against Broward Sheriff’s Sgt. Gregory LaCerra who had previously been cleared under the Stand Your Ground law of using excessive force in the aggressive 2019 arrest of teenager Delucca Rolle in Tamarac.

COVID-19 update: Here are the update statistics for Florida

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 11:59

Here are the key coronavirus statistics to watch for Florida.

DeSantis signs immigration bill, slams Biden again over border policies

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 10:19

Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Florida Supreme Court to set up a statewide grand jury to probe the smuggling of undocumented immigrant children into Florida.

Watch out for rain on Father’s Day in South Florida, and get ready for seasonal summer heat and humidity

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 08:03

Planning to go out with your dad on Father's Day? There’s a 75% chance of rain in South Florida, along with seasonal summertime heat and humidity with heat indices approaching or reaching 100 degrees. But Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties won't be setting any heat records.

Tri-Rail, other agencies get U.S. funds to help curb rail line trespassing, suicides

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 05:00

More than $2 million from the Federal Railroad Administration is being distributed among 13 states, including Florida, to regions where deaths by train are on the rise due to trespassing and suicides. Tri-Rail and other local entities will receive funding.

2 people killed, 1 wounded in Alabama church shooting, suspect in custody

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 19:28

The suspect was not identified Thursday night.

How Biden’s LGBTQ order could affect Florida’s laws and policies

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 16:33

Florida was front and center when President Joe Biden signed an historic executive order to protect transgender and non-binary kids from state laws that strip them of protection and inclusion.

South Florida police officer accused of using COVID loan money to repair antique car

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 14:37

A Coral Springs Police officer could face a 20-year prison sentence after he allegedly used more than $20,000 in COVID relief loan money he fraudulently applied for to repair his vintage car, federal court records say. The officer was placed on administrative leave.

NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer retiring after 44 years

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 12:34

The National Rifle Association’s longtime Florida lobbyist and first female president, Marion Hammer, will retire but remain an adviser to the organization, the NRA announced Thursday.

Boca Raton police renewing facial recognition program

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 12:08

The city of Boca Raton is letting its police force renew its participation in a statewide facial recognition program, joining hundreds of communities in Florida employing the controversial crime-fighting technology.

Big switch by big union: Service Employees endorse Cherfilus McCormick re-election

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 10:52

The Service Employees Union of Florida is endorsing Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick. She faces a Democratic primary challenge from Dale Holness. SEIU was a longtime, big Holness backer, and supported him over Cherfilus-McCormick in the 2021 special primary.

Ex-Rep. Corrine Brown, fresh off tax fraud plea deal, is running for Demings’ seat in Congress

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 10:43

Corrine Brown, who recently pleaded guilty to tax fraud, unexpectedly announced Thursday she is running again for Congress, joining a hotly contested race to succeed U.S. Rep. Val Demings as she runs for U.S. Senate.

Grand jury report to recommend removal of Broward School Board members, filing says

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 10:22

The names of the school board members recommended for removal are not given, nor are the alleged violations, by in a ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeals over which parts of the grand jury report should be redacted.

Does Nikki Fried have a path to winning Democratic nomination for governor over Charlie Crist?

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 09:38

With less than 10 weeks until the Democratic primary, gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried’s campaign is portraying her as a viable alternative to her much better-known competitor, Charlie Crist, with a path to victory that will defy conventional wisdom about the contest.

Roundup time: Florida’s Python Challenge set for August

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 09:21

Registration is open for the Florida Python Challenge, scheduled for Aug. 5-14. Last year's Challenge removed 800 invasive Burmese pythons from the Everglades, where they do damage to native animals and the ecosystem.

Stonewall Pride Parade is back, emphasizing safety during celebration

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 08:55

The Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade and Festival takes place on Saturday. “Because of all the stuff that’s going on in the political world ... It becomes even more important for us to be here and to be active," an organizer said.

Florida didn’t preorder COVID shots for kids under 5, as CDC approval nears

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 08:15

The Florida Department of Health says it does not recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for healthy children.

Experts fear for safety of missing Special Olympics Haiti delegation members

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 07:55

Experts say the cause for concern about the safety of the missing delegates will only grow the longer the investigation drags on.

Federal judge blocks contribution limits for citizens ballot initiatives

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 07:34

A federal judge has rejected an attempt by Florida leaders to limit contributions to political committees supporting ballot initiatives

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