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Gov. Ron DeSantis' approval rating falling as a result of pandemic and political polarization

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:33

After 20 months as the state’s top elected official and six months into the coronavirus pandemic, some of the luster has worn off Gov. Ron DeSantis in the minds of Florida voters. A Florida Atlantic University Poll found he was slightly underwater, with 43% of Florida voters approving of his performance, and 44% disapproving. Statistically that’s a tie — but it is a huge fall from the stratospheric levels of approval he enjoyed during his first year in office.

Man faces human trafficking charge after forcing 14-year-old girl into prostitution, investigators say

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:17

A 14-year-old girl was among five females allegedly forced into prostitution by Olrith “Juice” Joseph, 32, who is facing charges that include human trafficking.

It’s the peak of hurricane season. Check these 10 things to be sure you’re ready

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:37

It's the heart of hurricane season — the time when the most and strongest storms form. Here are 10 things to check now so you're not caught off guard.

Florida polls show Biden 3 points ahead of Trump — with undecideds leaning toward president

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:27

A Florida Atlantic University Poll released Tuesday found 49% of registered voters favoring Biden and 46% for Trump, a 3-point difference that amounts to a statistical tie. "Both campaigns are going to spend a lot of money in Florida, and the question is ultimately is there anyone left to persuade.”

One of two men accused in Pembroke Lakes Mall armed robbery moved from hospital to jail

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:04

Marquise Jamaal Wiley, 31, of Miami Gardens, who was shot during a holdup at Elite Fine Jewelry in the Pembroke Lakes Mall, is out of the hospital and in jail facing an armed robbery charge.

First Florida Cabinet meeting in 7 months doesn’t have coronavirus spending on the agenda

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 10:56

An agenda released Tuesday for the first Florida Cabinet meeting in seven months doesn’t include a request by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried to discuss state plans for spending federal stimulus money received because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Monitoring Florida’s COVID-19 statistics: These are the numbers to watch

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:05

A month after Florida began the first phase of reopening, a critical point in which experts say we would begin to see any effects the moves have had on coronavirus cases. Use these updating charts to monitor new cases, testing, deaths and hospitalization trends by county.

Florida reports the lowest number of COVID-19 cases since early June

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 08:22

Florida reported 1,736 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, the lowest daily total since June 11.

Court: Trump can end temporary legal status for 4 countries

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 07:46

The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court has ruled.

Deputies head to court Tuesday over teen’s head-slamming arrest

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 04:00

Broward deputies Gregory LaCerra and Christopher Krickovich, are due in court this week to ask Broward County Judge Jill K. Levy to dismiss misdemeanor battery charges because they say they acted to defend themselves and others in the takedown of teenager Delucca Rolle — invoking the state’s Stand Your Ground law to force prosecutors to prove the deputies were not acting in defense of self or others at the time of the takedown.

DeSantis names Central Florida appeal court judge to Supreme Court

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 16:34

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday named Jamie Grosshans, a judge on the 5th District Court of Appeal, to the Florida Supreme Court.

Biden’s campaign trip to Florida includes Kissimmee stop to bolster Puerto Rican support

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 14:09

The Hispanic Heritage Month event, the details of which were not officially released as of Monday afternoon, comes after a series of polls and news reports show Biden’s potential weakness with Florida Hispanic voters.

There were five named storms churning in the Atlantic on Monday, just the second time that’s ever happened

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 13:11

There weree five named tropical systems churning at the same time this week — Hurricane Sally, Hurricane Paulette, Tropical Depression Renee, Tropical Storm Teddy and Tropical Storm Vicky. It's only the second time in history that's happened.

Andrew Gillum says, ‘I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual'

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:12

Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has come out as bisexual. He made the announcement during an interview on the “Tamron Hall Show.”

Tropical Storm Sally is a hurricane threat to New Orleans as the tropics keep cranking out cyclones

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:41

The big story out of the tropics on Monday, at least for the U.S., was Tropical Storm Sally, which was expected to become a hurricane as it traverses the Gulf of Mexico on Monday or Monday night. In Sally’s potential path was New Orleans, the city that was deluged by Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago.

Huge chunk of Greenland’s ice cap breaks off, a development that scientists say is evidence of rapid climate change

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 08:43

An enormous chunk of Greenland’s ice cap has broken off in the far northeastern Arctic.

Florida’s bars can reopen starting Monday

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 06:49

Florida bars can reopen at 50% capacity starting Monday, though many already have opened anyway, because they obtained permits to begin serving food.

Teenager charged with murder after deadly shooting during robbery in Palm Beach County

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 17:38

Police arrested Ezequiel Gabriel Nunez, 18, following a deadly shooting during an armed robbery at a gas station in Palm Beach County.

Mike Bloomberg commits $100 million to help Biden beat Trump in Florida

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 09:21

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, once Joe Biden’s competitor in the race for the Democratic nomination, is now committing $100 million to help the former vice president defeat President Donald Trump in Florida.

Overdoses rise in South Florida as people struggle with isolation from pandemic

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 07:00

More people who are out of work and isolated at home are dying of drug overdoses in South Florida, becoming overlooked victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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