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Florida 11 mins ago 4:51 p.m.Mom steps in as man attempts to abduct her 4-year-old at Aquatica

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:34:22 GMT

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is looking into an attempted abduction that reportedly happened in a locker room at Aquatica park. The mother heard the boy scream "mommy" as he was grabbed from the locker room by an unknown man near the front of the park, according to our news partners at WKMG .




Man gets life without parole in killing of Florida priest

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:59:54 GMT

This April 14, 2016, file photo provided by the Aiken County, S.C., Sheriff's Office, shows Steven James Murray of Jacksonville, Fla. Murray is charged in the killing a Florida priest and told The Associated Press in a phone call from jail on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2017, that he has reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty in the death of the Rev.




Florida mom may face charges for shooting, killing 18-year-old carjacker as he drove away

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:32:41 GMT

Police say a deal to buy a SUV became deadly when a Florida woman shot a man who carjacked the vehicle she and her son arrived in. Clearwater police Deputy Chief Eric Gandy tells The Tampa Bay Times that the incident's timeline will determine if there was a threat when 36-year-old Louise Ornduff shot and killed 18-year-old Lasupta Singletary.




Trial delayed for 'cocaine cowboy' on the run for 26 years

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:08:17 GMT

Trial has been delayed for a Florida man who eluded capture on drug charges for 26 years and is described by authorities as the last of Miami's "cocaine cowboys." Court records show a federal judge agreed to delay the trial of 56-year-old Gustavo "Taby" Falcon until Feb. 5. It had been scheduled to begin Oct. 30. Falcon's attorney says he needs more time to prepare.




LoCash Talks Opens Up About Opening For Tim And Faith Here In Florida

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:58:21 GMT

This is a HUGE weekend here in Florida because the long-awaited days of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are finally here! They have 3 shows in Florida this weekend. First stop is Thursday in Sunrise, Friday in Tampa and Saturday is right here in the city beautiful, Orlando! And LoCash is opening up for them for all 3 shows and the guys of LoCash couldn't be more pumped Chris Lucas tells us "Well, the cool thing is in this industry you should always learn from people that you absolutely admire and icon level [people], so we're definitely gonna sit and watch.




Florida private schools get nearly $1 billion in state scholarships...

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:05:22 GMT

The Orlando Sentinel spent months reporting on Florida's scholarship programs, which will send nearly $1 billion to private schools this year. The Orlando Sentinel spent months reporting on Florida's scholarship programs, which will send nearly $1 billion to private schools this year.




Crowds, long lines raise questions on Florida hurricane voucher program

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:15:14 GMT

One location in Delray Beach for post-Hurricane Irma disaster food stamp program reached capacity and was closed shortly after opening. One location in Delray Beach for post-Hurricane Irma disaster food stamp program reached capacity and was closed shortly after opening.




Florida U, home to largest Jewish student body in US, braces for Richard Spencer

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:58:58 GMT

Students worry that upcoming speech by leading US white supremacist could spur anti-Semitism at campus with over 20 percent Jewish enrollment White supremacist leader Richard Spencer, center, and supporters clashing with police after the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia., was declared unlawful, August 12, 2017. The University of Florida, home to the largest Jewish student body in the country, is bracing for an upcoming speech on campus by white supremacist leader Richard Spencer.




Nelson seeks answers after FEMA denies 90% of Florida flood claims in wake of Irma

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:58:57 GMT

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson sent the following letter today to the head of FEMA raising concerns that one of the agency's top administrators in charge of overseeing the National Flood Insurance Program was previously a senior executive at a company accused of lowballing claims for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Nelson's letter comes on the heels of reports today in the Palm Beach Post that nine out of ten of flood claims resolved by the National Flood Insurance Program in the wake of Hurricane Irma have been denied.




Florida minimum wage rises to $8.25 in 2018

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:36:05 GMT

Florida's minimum wages will rise 15 cents to $8.25 an hour on Jan. 1, an increase from $8.10 an hour this year. While higher, the state's minimum is a far cry from the $15 an hour some labor groups and legislators have been seeking in recent years.




'Shaky Bandit' blamed for at least 11 Florida bank robberies, FBI says

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:10:40 GMT

Surveillance video shows a man dressed in medical scrubs and a type of doo rag on his head rob a bank in Boynton Beach. Surveillance video shows a man dressed in medical scrubs and a type of doo rag on his head rob a bank in Boynton Beach.




Florida Emergency Power Plan Rule Requires Nursing Homes and Assisted ...

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:43:42 GMT

In response to the death of eight nursing home residents after a power failure in Hollywood, Florida during Hurricane Irma, Florida regulators recently issued emergency rules requiring the state's nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have and maintain backup generators and alternate fuel for power emergencies. However, due to the current high demand for generators in Florida and other barriers to compliance, many nursing homes and assisted living facilities are finding it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to comply with the state's emergency power plan rule by the November 15, 2017 deadline.




1 person killed in boating accident, authorities say

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:25:30 GMT

Investigators said Marin was driving a personal watercraft that crashed into a boat with such force that it sank Marin's watercraft, Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Williamson said. One of the passengers on the personal watercraft, Glorimar Correa, 40, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, Williamson said.




Sean Baker's The Florida Project Finds Bright, Lively Beauty in Growing Up Broke

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:14:58 GMT

Filmmaking is not a poor man's game. Even as digital cameras get cheaper, making a film worthy of release still requires dough to get off the ground, which means the folks who tell stories through cinema tend to come from backgrounds of privilege.




Fentanyl fuels rise in drug deaths in South Florida

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:36:33 GMT

Fentanyl and a growing list of other opioid-based drugs are fueling the majority of overdose deaths in Palm Beach and Broward counties, according to the latest data. County medical examiners have compiled statistics for Florida's upcoming report on 2016 drug overdoses, showing the cause of death from certain drugs doubled, tripled and, in some cases, quadrupled the number of fatalities in 2015, records show.




Orange, 12 other school boards challenge Florida education law

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:36:32 GMT

The Orange County School Board on Monday joined 12 others in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a new Florida education law. The lawsuit against HB 7069 - a controversial education measure that became law in July - was filed in Tallahassee by 13 school boards, including those in Polk and Volusia counties.




Dish Network takes Florida tax fight to U.S. Supreme Court

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:36:31 GMT

Slow job growth, slow debris removal and a shortage among contractors for repairs is hampering Florida's recovery from Hurricane Irma, business and government officials told lawmakers. Slow job growth, slow debris removal and a shortage among contractors for repairs is hampering Florida's recovery from Hurricane Irma, business and government officials told lawmakers.