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Florida will help displaced Puerto Rican 11th and 12th graders earn island diplomas

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:07:23 GMT

Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, shakes hands with Anenushka PiA ero, 17, a new student at Celebration High School, who just arrived from Puerto Rico. She joined a meeting with Orange and Osceola county school officials to discuss the hurricane's impact on Florida schools.

Sex allegations, a tax wary nation, and reasons to give thanks | South Florida 100

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:17:32 GMT

South Florida's most influential people weigh in on current events. Read their thoughts on the biggest stories of the week and see what they think will make headlines next week.

Cocaine deaths surge with rise of drug smuggling into South Florida

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:48:12 GMT

Cocaine killed more people in Florida last year than any other drug, and authorities expect it will only get worse as traffickers push more of the narcotic through the Sunshine State. Cocaine-related fatalities rose for the fourth year in a row in 2016, contributing to the deaths of 2,882 people, according to the latest data from the Florida Medical Examiner's Commission.

Florida roads chief praises clearing of Hurricane Irma debris

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:05:53 GMT

But with debris still along some roads, particularly in pockets of the Florida Keys, Department of Transportation Secretary Michael Dew said officials will look at how they can improve before the next storm. "I think we did an effective job, but I think we can always do better," Dew said Thursday during a meeting of the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness.

One arrested in Florida dairy cow abuse case; three others sought

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:31:19 GMT

The Animal Recovery Mission, an animal-rights group, released video footage captured by an undercover investigator at Larson Dairy Farm in Okeechobee, Florida. The video shows dairy cows beaten with metal rods and other abuse.

Creep Alert: Florida Dems Chair Resigns After Sexual Harassment Scandal

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:00:18 GMT

The Florida Legislature has been under Republican control since 1996, and the Democrats frequently complain about how their minority status leaves them on the sidelines. Apparently this applies to even sex scandals, as Florida Democrats made sure they got their share of the headlines this week as they watched their Chairman resign in disgrace.

Florida Democratic Party chair resigns over sexual behavior

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:17:03 GMT

In this Dec. 20, 2016 photo, Stephen Bittel, center, chats with voters as members of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Executive Committee meet in Wynwood, Fla., to elect a new state committeeman. Florida Democratic Party Chairman Bittel has been accused of sexually inappropriate comments and behavior toward a number of women and has resigned.

Florida used to post inspections of troubled nursing homes. It has scrubbed the website.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:27:29 GMT

On a good day, Olga Vasquez would dress up in the morning, apply makeup and stand in the hallway at her Hialeah Gardens nursing home, helping other residents get in and out of wheelchairs or offering unsolicited advice. On a bad day, her depression got the best of her and she would remain in bed in her nightgown.

Growers feel the squeeze as county's citrus industry drops

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:24:10 GMT

In this Nov. 8, 2017 photo, Steve Crisafulli examines a tree in a USDA test grove on North Merritt Island, Fla. The grove has four or five varieties of citrus trees with 10 different root stocks to see how they do.

Florida parents arrested after baby tests positive for methamphetamine

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:36:46 GMT

According to an arrest report, 20-year-old Nicole Finley and 29-year-old Bruce Nowlen brought their child to a Florida hospital to treat an infection on his leg, and the child tested positive for methamphetamine. Finley told detectives the child had been bitten by mosquitoes a few days earlier, and one of the bites became infected.

Reserve to share its lions, tigers, cougars, leopards

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:08:19 GMT

In this Nov. 7, 2017 photo, K. "Simba" Wiltz, CEO, Central Florida Animal Reserve dishes up a variety of meats for 'Gabriel', a Siberian Tiger in Osceola County, Fla. CFAR will soon open its gates to booked tours in Osceola County.

Killer on probation gets medical pot prescription

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:08:18 GMT

In this Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 photo, Miguel Valdes inhales medical marijuana using a vape device at his attorney's office in Miami. Valdes, a convicted killer who is on probation, was recently allowed to use medical marijuana to deal with his schizophrenia.

Florida Argentum Reports That Appeals Court Strikes Down Emergency Stay in Generator Case

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:50:56 GMT

Florida Argentum reports that the Florida's First District Court of Appeal issued a response to its motion filed last week and determined that an "automatic stay" of the Division of Administrative Hearings' Final Order invalidating Emergency Rule 58AER17-1 does not exist during the appeal. Florida Argentum has interpreted the ruling to mean that the Emergency Rule is invalid and is not in effect as of October 27, 2017, the date the Final Order was issued .

First TV ad released in Florida's 2018 race for governor

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:13:45 GMT

The committee is spending $800,000 on the 30-second spot, which shows highlights from the speech Levine made earlier this month announcing his candidacy. In the clips, Levine mentions the need to address climate change and raise the minimum wage.

Wealthy Florida Republican likely to benefit from estate tax repeal

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:29:13 GMT

Rep. Vern Buchanan has ranked among the wealthiest members of Congress since coming to Washington in 2007, and now an effort to overhaul the nation's tax code could benefit the Sarasota Republican's family once he dies. Buchanan voted in favor of a bill to overhaul the nation's tax code last week during a House tax writing committee markup, and the bill includes a phased-out repeal of a tax on estates valued at more than $5.49 million for people who died in 2016.

Prescription drug deaths keep rising in Florida

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:30:42 GMT

After declining for years, prescription drugs killed more people in Florida last year than heroin and cocaine combined, according to the latest state figures. Drugs were involved in 11,910 deaths across the state last year, according to a report Wednesday from the Florida Medical Examiner's Commission.

Dismembered dog found in cooler in South Florida

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:59:15 GMT

An image from Google Maps shows the general area where according to reports a dismembered dog was found in a cooler on Wed., Nov. 15, 2017. An image from Google Maps shows the general area where according to reports a dismembered dog was found in a cooler on Wed., Nov. 15, 2017.