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Big business-linked group gave over $1 million to dark-money entity promoting ‘ghost’ candidates

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 16:19

An organization with strong ties to Associated Industries of Florida gave $1.15 million to dark-money nonprofit Grow United last year.

Detective: ‘Tiger King’ star won’t talk about missing spouse

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 14:58

A detective in Florida investigating the disappearance of Carole Baskin’s second husband said Thursday that the “Tiger King” star had three times refused requests for interviews, and that the probe was ongoing.

DeSantis signs anti-vax mandates bills into law even as some supporters grumble

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 13:39

Workers in Florida have new protections against being fired for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a quartet of bills Thursday that put new restrictions on vaccine mandates by employers.

Man shot multiple times in early-morning Pompano Beach attack

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 11:34

An early Thursday morning shooting in Pompano Beach left a man hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot multiple times, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Death of more than 1,000 manatees leads to new Florida emergency rescue team

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 11:22

A loss of seagrass, a major source of food for manatees, in the Indian River Lagoon has been blamed for pushing this year's manatee death toll past 1,000. Authorities blame the decline in seagrass on pollution from farms, cities and sewage systems, worsened by climate change.

Should women be eligible for the draft? Defense bill stirs up military debate.

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 06:21

A provision that would require college-aged women to sign up for Selective Service is included in the annual defense spending bill that passed in the House and is up for a vote in the Senate this week.

Toddler and 2 adults cling to life after violent hit-and-run crash; fleeing driver arrested hours later

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 17:52

A man was arrested after two adults and a toddler were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries from a hit-and-run crash in Deerfield Beach early Wednesday.

Florida Legislature approves new rules countering vaccine mandates in the workplace

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 16:26

Florida businesses could soon face fines of $10,000 to $50,000 if they require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine without offering certain exemptions, after the Florida Legislature on Wednesday voted to approve a bill pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

UF professors blast DeSantis’ election law as unfair to minorities

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 14:03

Political science professors embroiled in a controversy with the University of Florida harshly criticized a new state elections law that makes it harder for voters to cast ballots by mail, saying the changes will have a disparately negative impact on Black, Hispanic and disabled voters.

Gov. DeSantis will pick Broward’s next two county commissioners. Two state representatives have applied.

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 13:17

Many applicants are asking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to pick them to fill two soon-to-be-vacant seats on the Broward County Commission.

Surfside condo collapse triggered by building construction next door, lawsuit says

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 11:10

The construction of a new luxury condo tower just feet away from Champlain Towers South caused severe damage to the fragile, poorly designed building in Surfside, eventually leading to the collapse that killed nearly 100 people, a lawsuit claims.

Florida tops 1,000 manatee deaths in grim single-year record

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 10:04

The 1,003 manatee deaths so far in 2021 is many more than the 637 recorded last year and well above the previous annual mark of 830 set in 2013.

Man arrested, charged with attempted murder after drive-by shooting on Sawgrass Expressway

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 08:53

A man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after firing shots at a 63-year-old driver who cut him off on the Sawgrass Expressway in Broward County.

Answers to your vaccine questions: Can I get booster in the thigh?

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 07:48

Here are the answers to some of your biggest questions about COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida. Today's question: I don't want the shot in my arm. Can I get it in the thigh?

DeSantis pitches $660 million for Everglades, $550 million for coastal resiliency

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 06:50

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said his budget proposal for 2022-2023 would bring to about $1 billion the money for a coastal resiliency program aimed at combating rising sea levels.

Hollywood cops face review after a 16-year-old ended up dead in chase

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 17:15

Investigators want to know why a 16-year-old suspected carjacker is dead after a chase from Hollywood to Miami-Dade County, and some witnesses are saying police may be responsible.

Lake Okeechobee to see dramatic changes under new plan to stop algae blooms and protect Everglades

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 16:35

The Army Corps of Engineers, which controls Lake Okeechobee's water level, has a new plan to manage the lake often described as Florida's liquid heart. Critics say it doesn't do enough to help the Everglades and protect coastal communities from algae blooms.

GOP lawmakers advance anti-vax mandate bills; Democrats say workers in ‘tug of war’ between state, feds

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 15:10

Republican lawmakers moved forward with bills Tuesday to place limits on COVID-19 vaccine mandates during a special session called by Gov. Ron DeSantis, part of his plan to push back on vaccine requirements issued by President Joe Biden’s administration.

Background checks for those buying bullets: South Florida legislators push Jaime’s Law

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 14:51

State legislators will try to pass a law in this upcoming session that would require background checks for ammunition buyers. The law is named after Jaime Guttenberg, one of the teens who died in the 2018 Parkland school shooting.

Drive-by shooting prompts school lockdowns in North Lauderdale

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 14:12

Several schools in Broward County were on lockdown as deputies looked for witnesses to a drive-by shooting in North Lauderdale.

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