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Broward Sheriff’s Office spent $2.6 million housing, supervising Parkland gunman since 2018, record says

Sat, 10/29/2022 - 05:00

Since the day of his arrest, confessed Parkland killer Nikolas Cruz has been housed and supervised inside the Broward Main Jail, which has cost the Broward Sheriff’s Office nearly $2.6 million, according to a court motion filed Friday.

Florida Republicans register 9 new voters for every 1 new Democrat in months leading to midterms

Sat, 10/29/2022 - 05:00

The final totals of Floridians registered to vote in the 2022 midterm election shows the Republican Party continuing to surge while the Democrats are stagnating. The latest numbers underscore the reality that Florida is leaving behind its longtime position as the biggest swing state in the country, one that could go either way in big elections, and is landing solidly in the Republican red column.

The U.S. may expand speed rules for boaters to protect whales, sparking industry protests

Sat, 10/29/2022 - 03:00

The boating industry is up in arms over the proposed federal expansion of speed zones designed to protect whales from being struck by ocean-going vessels in the Atlantic. The new zones, they assert, were proposed without the industry's input and could cost boat-makers and others in the industry millions.

Tropical depression likely to form soon in the Caribbean, forecasters say

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 17:01

Hurricane forecasters are monitoring a weather system near the Caribbean that is increasingly likely to become the next tropical depression.

The famed ghost orchid: This rare flower may be added to endangered species list

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 15:28

The Fish and Wildlife Service says protection may be warranted, as the rare and beguiling plant is threatened by habitat lost, poachers and climate change, but there will be a 12-month review process first.

Democrats pushing Black voters in South Florida to turn out for midterm elections

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 15:21

In the final stretch of the midterm election campaign, Florida Democratic candidates and surrogates are pushing, cajoling and pleading with Black voters to turn out and cast their ballots. “I understand that there’s this bit of apathy in our community when people may feel, ‘How does this impact me? How does this impact my day-to-day life?’”

‘Come on, a bomb in a dental office?’ Wilton Manors residents more inconvenienced than scared by hours-long standoff

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 14:14

Even though they didn't know the bomb threat was a hoax, many Wilton Manors residents said they were more irritated by the hassle — and the lost business — than the potential threat, as police ordered an hours-long evacuation of businesses and told those in surrounding areas to shelter in place.

Judge reserves ruling on dropping charges against manager of Hollywood nursing home in hurricane-related deaths

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 14:05

A defense attorney for Jorge Carbello, the last remaining defendant in the Hollywood Hills nursing home manslaughter case, argued Friday that the state’s case against the former administrator should be dismissed.

Rubio, Demings hurl ‘socialist’ and ‘lying’ in heated U.S. Senate race

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 11:05

Florida’s race for U.S. Senate is a high-stakes political slugfest with terms like “socialist” and “lying and cheating” being hurled on television.

Miami Beach building evacuated near site of deadly condo tower collapse

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 10:53

Residents of a Miami Beach building on the same street where a condominium collapse killed nearly 100 people were forced to evacuate on Thursday after officials determined the structure was unsafe and gave orders to leave immediately.

Campaign treasurer who drew Inspector General’s scrutiny also received COVID-19 relief loan

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 10:46

A woman who recently drew scrutiny over her campaign finance work in North Lauderdale’s 2020 election received COVID-19 relief money for a profession her resume doesn’t reflect she had, public records show.

DeSantis lauds his record as Crist blasts it in Florida governor’s race

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 05:04

The campaign for governor in Florida is all about Ron DeSantis’ record.

Florida’s first lady, DeSantis campaign donors build $50M Florida Disaster Fund after Ian

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 04:25

Florida's first lady is the public face of fundraising efforts for the nonprofit, which has been administered by Volunteer Florida since its creation in 2004.

Will a winter COVID surge hit Florida? Researchers are using artificial intelligence to figure it out

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 04:15

With a winter COVID surge likely, Florida researchers believe they can get ahead by building an algorithm to spot new variants of concern before they spread.

Tropical depression likely to form in Caribbean next week, forecasters say

Thu, 10/27/2022 - 23:02

Hurricane forecasters are watching a weather system near the Caribbean that is increasingly likely to become the next tropical depression.

Dolphins star Xavien Howard sued by woman alleging he gave her an incurable STD

Thu, 10/27/2022 - 15:34

A woman sued star Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard Thursday, alleging he gave her genital herpes, a lifelong sexually transmitted disease.

Mail voting nears 1.2 million in Florida with more than two weeks to midterm elections

Mon, 10/24/2022 - 11:39

Almost 1.2 million Florida voters have already cast their midterm election ballots, reflecting a continuing desire by many to vote from the comfort of their homes rather than lining up at an early voting center or Election Day polling place.

Audit finds more problems in Broward schools department that was subject to FBI investigation

Sat, 10/15/2022 - 04:39

The audit determined the district overpaid an asphalt contractor $30,000, bought materials without using required purchase orders and split large purchases to avoid competitive bids.

If you want to harvest Goliath grouper, the application process has just begun

Sat, 10/15/2022 - 04:00

It's been illegal to take a Goliath for the past 30 years, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is accepting applications from anglers who want to recreationally harvest these bruisers during the upcoming 2023 season. There's a slot limit, and some areas are out of bounds.

Florida spent almost $1 million for two more migrant flights

Fri, 10/14/2022 - 18:33

Florida has paid nearly $1 million to arrange two sets of flights to transport about 100 migrants who entered the country illegally to Delaware and Illinois, according to documents released Friday.

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