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Challenge to Florida congressional district lines gets revival in federal court

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 10:35

Voting-rights groups and other plaintiffs have filed a revamped federal lawsuit contending that a congressional redistricting plan passed last month by Florida lawmakers is unconstitutional.

Two sperm whales have died within a week in the Florida Keys

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 08:25

Two sperm whales have died within a week of each other in the Florida Keys, but officials did not immediately see a connection between the deaths.

Gov. DeSantis still hasn’t made decision over Broward sheriff’s lies on police applications

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 05:00

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said 100 days ago that he would review a state report that a county sheriff had lied about killing another teenager 30 years ago.

Trump sells D.C. hotel to Miami-based investor group

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 19:21

The lease to the Washington, D.C., hotel run by Donald Trump’s family company while he was president has been sold to a Miami-based investor fund for a reported $375 million.

‘I have no idea how to fly the airplane’: Air traffic controller helps passenger safely land at Palm Beach International Airport

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 17:16

Air traffic controllers in two Florida cities helped a passenger land a plane in West Palm Beach after the pilot became ill. “I’ve got a serious situation here,” the passenger said. “My pilot has gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane.”

Surfside condo lawsuit ends with staggering settlement: $997 million

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 17:13

A nearly $1 billion tentative settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit brought by families of victims and survivors of the Surfside condo collapse.

State judge calls DeSantis’ Congress map unconstitutional, restores Black district

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 14:13

A state judge said Gov. DeSantis’ congressional map that eliminated a Black district in North Florida was unconstitutional and ordered the old boundaries restored.

Florida lawmakers’ plan speeds up wetlands destruction, critics say

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 12:12

A proposed pay-to-pay permitting process for utilities could speed the demise of wetlands in Florida.

Central Florida nursing home resident beaten to death by 2nd resident, deputies say

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 10:43

A resident at a Central Florida nursing home told officials he had beaten to death another resident whose body was found in his room, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

COVID is on the rise in South Florida. Should I get a booster shot now or wait?

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 09:39

After a March and April lull, a highly infectious subvariant of omicron has triggered an uptick in COVID cases. But with new omicron-specific booster planned to arrive in fall, should you wait?

Slow your roll: Speed limit lowered to 60 mph on I-75 for a few more months of construction

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 09:05

Construction projects on I-75, a highway that has many areas notorious for fast driving, mean motorists must obey speed limit reductions for another few months,

Florida Democrats push Republicans to own potential overturn of Roe v. Wade

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 03:33

Florida Democrats on Tuesday sought to turn up the heat on Republicans, hoping that voters will hold the GOP responsible for the expected Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, which established a constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. Planned Parenthood planning 15 abortion-rights rallies in Florida on Saturday.

Seminole County School Board reverses decision to censor ‘don’t say gay’ protest yearbook photos

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 18:21

The school board voted 5-0 not to obscure the photos and captions of a walkout protest featured in Lyman High School’s yearbook.

Student says school ‘will end my speech’ if he brings up ‘say gay’ activism

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 16:18

A tweet by Zander Moricz, an 18-year-old student, has over 120,000 likes and over 30,000 retweets. It's been shared by actors Ariana DeBose, Dan Levy and Anthony Rapp.

Embattled 911 workers could get immediate raises as Broward commissioners grapple for fixes

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 15:30

Broward’s emergency 911 system is broken, county commissioners agreed Tuesday. Immediate pay raises looked likely, but commissioners said that's just the beginning of reforms that will be needed to ensure public safety.

Haitian gang leader charged in kidnapping of U.S. missionaries

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 15:20

Joly Germaine, 29, who is also known as “Yonyon,” is accused of leading the 400 Mawozo gang and is the first person charged in the U.S. in connection with the kidnapping of the missionaries last fall.

Perfectly pleasant: Enjoy the low temperatures and low humidity in South Florida this week. It won’t last.

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 14:33

South Floridians can bask in low temperatures and low humidity for the next few days thanks to a low pressure system off the east coast. But the pleasant breezy conditions won't last much longer.

Federal judge dismisses 1st lawsuit against DeSantis over Disney World’s Reedy Creek district

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 14:16

A federal judge on Tuesday quickly dismissed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis over the dissolution of Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District.

Broward will put school tax question on August ballot

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 13:22

Some county commissioners preferred voters consider the issue in November, but the school district said that's not the county's call.

Long legal fight lies ahead over the Florida law dubbed ‘don’t say gay’

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 13:04

A legal battle over a new state law that restricts teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida classrooms could continue well into the upcoming school year.

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