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Florida governor signs major bill to combat opioid epidemic

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:45:20 GMT

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed Florida's opioid legislation into law, a move seen by many as a good first step in combating a crisis that has claimed at least 16 lives a day in the Sunshine State. "What it does take is a pretty comprehensive approach to addressing the epidemic," said Mark Fontaine, Executive Director for the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association.

Bridge collapse: Out on errands, killed in an instant

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:31:12 GMT

They had just finished up lunch, and set off to run a humdrum errand: a drive to the travel agency to pick up airline tickets for their annual visit to their beloved homeland, Cuba.

Florida bridge collapse aftermath: Out on errands, killed in an instant

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:30:40 GMT

Recovery operations continue at the site of the collapsed pedestrian bridge that near Florida International University in Miami on Saturday, March 17 ,2018. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Arthur Holmes Jr. says crews won't leave until all the vehicles that were trapped under the bridge are retrieved.

Landmark US Supreme Court Decision Guarantees Right to Counsel

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:24:01 GMT

2d 799; 5951 U.S. LEXIS 1942; 23 Ohio Op. 2d 258; 93 A.L.R.2d 733; Defendant convicted, Bay County, Florida Circuit Court ; habeas petition denied w/o opinion, sub.

'Mr. Fix-It': China's new VP has tackled thorniest of crises

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:01:14 GMT

China's rubber-stamp legislature has appointed a clo... . Delegates applaud as Wang Qishan walks to take the oath of office as China's Vice President during a plenary session of China's National People's Congress in Beijing, Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Cracks reported before bridge collapsed

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:43:56 GMT

An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

Rapid building technique gets scrutiny after bridge collapse

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:28:01 GMT

Workers stand in front of crushed cars under a section of a collapsed pedestrian bridge, Friday, March 16, 2018 near Florida International University in the Miami area. The new pedestrian bridge that was under construction coll... .

Michael Flynn campaigns for GOP congressional candidate

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:22:58 GMT

Vice President Mike Pence, center, and his wife wife Karen Pence, right, welcome Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland, left, to the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, Friday, March 16, 2018. The American Civil Liberties Union says it's suing the city of Savannah over plans to ban signs in an area of Savannah being secured for Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the city's St. Patrick's Day parade.

Gov. Rick Scott Signs the Securing Florida's Future Budget

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:20:54 GMT

Governor Rick Scott today signed the Securing Florida's Future budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Click HERE and HERE for the transmittal letter and details on the budget.

Death Toll Rises to 6 in Florida Bridge Collapse, Search Continues

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:13:19 GMT

The Miami-Dade police said the death toll in a Florida pedestrian bridge collapse has increased to six as the search continues Friday. Det. Alvaro Alvaro Zabaleta said the operation has turned from rescue to recovery at the scene near Florida International University.

Florida university used time-saving technology to build its collapsed bridge

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:03:37 GMT

The pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction technology, according to a statement from the university. Unlike traditional methods of construction, ABC streamlines the building process so that bridge projects can be completed quicker and more cost effectively.

Thursday's Theory of Relateeveety - the Tupper Brothers

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:46:15 GMT

Our theory of relateeveety this Thursday is a showcase for the Tupper Brothers. Michael "Mickey" Tupper and his twin brother were born in the late 1920s in New York City area.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's Security System Was Ineffective & Inadequate

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:26:25 GMT

By Roger J. Katz, Attorney at Law and Stephen L. D'Andrilli But What Does Effective School Security Look Like? New York, NY - - A tipping point is reached: Subsequent to the mass shooting incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, in Parkland, Florida, the public clamors for and demands answers, an accounting, and a call for corrective measures across the country. The public learned about Parkland after tragedy struck the City's public high school: Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

At least 4 dead in Florida bridge collapse

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 04:17:17 GMT

The 860-tonne, 53-metre span was assembled by the side of the highway and moved into place Saturday to great fanfare. The Miami-Dade County fire chief said four people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed pedestrian bridge in south Florida.

Mother Of 3-Year-Old Cancer Child Slams Spirit AIrlines Over Missed Flight

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:15:37 GMT

The mother of a 3-year-old with a rare form of cancer criticized Spirit Airlines for lacking compassion after a flight from Florida to California for an appointment with the boy's surgeon took off without them. The Tallman family arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Delray Beach on Monday two hours early for their flight to Los Angeles.

Several killed, cars crushed in Florida foot bridge collapse

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:02:04 GMT

Six to 10 people were killed when a newly installed pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University on Thursday, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida told local TV station CBS Miami. Emergency personnel searched for signs of life amid the wreckage of concrete, twisted metal and that rained from the collapsed structure and crushed vehicles on one of the busiest roads in South Florida.

Florida school shooting suspect remains silent in court

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:56:40 GMT

Cruz is accused of opening fire at Marj... . Nikolas Cruz is lead into the courtroom before being arraigned at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

Push to make daylight saving time permanent

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:25:23 GMT

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he's filed legislation to allow not just Florida but the entire nation to save daylight all year round. The Florida Republican says he's sponsoring the "Sunshine Protection Act" as well as the "Sunshine State Act" because they'll help the nation's economy.

Britain boots 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:53:13 GMT

The use of Russian-developed nerve agent Novichok to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his... . Investigators in protective suits work at the scene in the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Texting, guns, harassment law: A look at what the Florida Legislature DIDN'T do

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:26:17 GMT

Texting, guns, harassment law: All the things the Florida Legislature DIDN'T do. Commentary by Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell.