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DeSantis’ pre-recorded videos hurting millions of Floridians, critics say

DeSantis’ pre-recorded videos hurting millions of Floridians, critics say

Florida governor unusually absent from public eyeInvestigative Reporter Katie LaGrone reports on how Governor Ron DeSantis’ unusual absence from the public eye and pre-recorded messaging is disenfranchising millions of Floridians.11:53 PM, Nov 24, 2020What used to be near almost daily press appearances from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis about how the state is responding to the pandemic, has abruptly turned into short and sporadic pre-recorded videos posted to social media.In May, Teri McGuire’s 87-year-old mother died from COVID-19. With virus case numbers once again reaching record highs in...

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South Florida Fair will be held early next year

South Florida Fair will be held early next year

Event will be held between Jan. 15-31It's official, the South Florida Fair will be held early next year.9:09 PM, Nov 23, 2020WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — It's official, the South Florida Fair will be held early next year."Our community needs us, they want it," Fair President Victoria Chouris said.Their theme is "An Earthly A-Fair" emphasizing the importance of Earth Day."People are anxious to have something to do with their families," she said.Chouris said she met with county officials and got their permission, and even met with the health department."We believe that we can do the South Florida...

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Lawsuit claims Publix policies led 70-year-old deli worker to contract coronavirus, die

Lawsuit claims Publix policies led 70-year-old deli worker to contract coronavirus, die

Florida-based supermarket 'chose to protect sales' over health, didn't take 'timely action' to protect employee, lawsuit alleges10:07 AM, Nov 24, 2020MIAMI — A South Florida family has filed a lawsuit against Publix, claiming the supermarket chain's unsafe practices contributed to the death of a 70-year-old employee who had been exposed to the coronavirus while working in the deli.The lawsuit, filed Monday in Miami-Dade County circuit court, seeks in excess of $30,000 in damages for the family of Gerardo Gutierrez, who died in April as a result of complications caused by COVID-19.Gutierrez...

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Florida Sen. Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus

Florida Sen. Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus

Former governor says he's 'feeling good,' experiencing 'mild symptoms'Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said Friday that he tested positive for the coronavirus.9:32 AM, Nov 20, 2020NAPLES, Fla. — Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said Friday that he tested positive for the coronavirus.The former governor wrote on Twitter that he was "feeling good" and experiencing "mild symptoms."Wear a mask. Socially distance. Quarantine if you come in contact with someone positive like I did. We will beat this together, but we all must be responsible. I want to thank all the incredible health care workers who are working...

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Nov 20
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North Dakota candidate who died of COVID-19 wins election

North Dakota candidate who died of COVID-19 wins election

Dale Wetzel/APThis photo, taken Thursday, April 19, 2012, shows the North Dakota Capitol tower behind a large stone identifying sign. The Republican majority leader of the Minnesota House on Thursday described the North Dakota Capitol building, which is located in Bismarck, N.D., as "embarrassing" and compared it to an insurance office. His remarks came during debate in the Minnesota Legislature in St. Paul, Minn., about whether to set aside money for repairs to the Minnesota Capitol. (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel)10:37 AM, Nov 04, 2020BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota state legislative candidate who...

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Lantana woman threatened to 'shoot' Florida governor, senators, deputies say

Lantana woman threatened to 'shoot' Florida governor, senators, deputies say

Karen Jones, 55, admits to making Twitter post but says it was 'joke'A Lantana woman is accused of threatening to shoot Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida's two Republican senators.10:45 AM, Nov 16, 2020LANTANA, Fla. — A Lantana woman is accused of threatening to shoot Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida's two Republican senators.Karen Jones, 55, faces three counts of written threats to kill or do bodily harm.According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office probable cause affidavit, Jones wrote on Twitter that DeSantis, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rick Scott were "looting" her...

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Nov 16
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Martin County School Board hears dozens of heated comments over proposed LGBT proclamation

Martin County School Board hears dozens of heated comments over proposed LGBT proclamation

'Little kids need their innocence,' one parent saidMartin County School Board members Tuesday night voted on what became a controversial proclamation related to specifically recognizing the LGBT community in schools.12:04 AM, Oct 21, 2020STUART, Fla. — Martin County School Board members Tuesday night voted on what became a controversial proclamation related to specifically recognizing the LGBT community in schools.Dozens of Martin County parents spoke out against the targeted proclamation, aiming to acknowledge LGBT history month 'as an effective means of educating and calling to action the...

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292 students, 14 teachers quarantined in Martin County over possible coronavirus cases

292 students, 14 teachers quarantined in Martin County over possible coronavirus cases

Parents awaiting COVID-19 test results are sending children to school when they shouldn't, officials sayMartin County School District3:24 PM, Aug 18, 2020MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — Just one week into the new school year, more than 300 students and teachers combined have been quarantined in Martin County because of possible cases of COVID-19 in classrooms.Superintendent Laurie Gaylord and other officials presented new information to school board members on Tuesday, suggesting that some parents are irresponsibly sending their children to class when they shouldn't."I want to reinforce the fact that...

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Palm Beach County deputy under investigation after video shows him questioning man's freedom of speech

Palm Beach County deputy under investigation after video shows him questioning man's freedom of speech

'I'll show you what [EXPLETIVE] freedom of speech is,' Deputy Charles Rhoads says in videoA Palm Beach County deputy is under investigation after video showed him shoving an African-American man against a wall and suggesting he doesn't have the freedom of speech, authorities say.1:41 PM, Aug 17, 2020WELLINGTON, Fla. — A Palm Beach County deputy is under investigation after video showed him shoving a Black man against a wall and suggesting he doesn't have the freedom of speech, authorities say.In the 13-second video posted on Twitter by high-profile attorney Benjamin Crump, a man identified...

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'Hostile employee' with assault rifle carries out fatal shooting at Sebastian restaurant, police say

'Hostile employee' with assault rifle carries out fatal shooting at Sebastian restaurant, police say

Investigators say employee opened fire inside Giuseppe's Pizzeria, killing 34-year-old manPolice said a "hostile employee" armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a Sebastian restaurant Friday afternoon, killing a man.12:59 PM, Jun 19, 2020SEBASTIAN, Fla. — Police said a "hostile employee" armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a Sebastian restaurant Friday afternoon, killing a man.Sebastian police said officers were called to Giuseppe's Pizzeria, located at 935 Sebastian Blvd., shortly after 12 p.m."There was a hostile employee who entered the building with an assault rifle...

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Multiple Palm Beach County hospitals out of adult ICU beds, according to state data

Multiple Palm Beach County hospitals out of adult ICU beds, according to state data

Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration tracks hospital bed availability statewideAs Palm Beach County sees an uptick in coronavirus cases, the number of intensive care unit beds available in area hospitals is dwindling, according to state data.6:42 AM, Jun 18, 2020PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — As Palm Beach County sees an uptick in coronavirus cases, the number of intensive care unit beds available in area hospitals is dwindling, according to state data.Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration tracks the number of hospital beds available statewide.Right now, the AHCA reports...

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'Dramatic decline' in average age of Florida coronavirus patients, Gov. Ron DeSantis says

'Dramatic decline' in average age of Florida coronavirus patients, Gov. Ron DeSantis says

Median age of COVID-19 patients in Florida was 37 last week, compared to the 60s months agoCalling it a "dramatic decline," Gov. Ron DeSantis says the average age of coronavirus patients in Florida has dropped significantly from the 60s months ago to 37 just last week.11:29 AM, Jun 19, 2020MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. — Calling it a "dramatic decline," Gov. Ron DeSantis says the average age of coronavirus patients in Florida has dropped significantly from the 60s months ago to 37 just last week.The governor held a news conference on Friday at the Ernest R. Graham Center on the campus of Florida...

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Fort Pierce police officer arrested, accused of beating man in custody at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center

Fort Pierce police officer arrested, accused of beating man in custody at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center

Would you like to receive local news notifications on your desktop?Yes pleaseNot nowAt least 1 other officer under investigationA Fort Pierce police officer turned himself in Thursday night at the St. Lucie County jail Thursday night. Officer Albert Eckrode faces felony charges of battery and official misconduct. He also faces a charge of falsely reporting the commission of a crime in a report he wrote following the incident.9:57 PM, Jun 04, 2020FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A Fort Pierce police officer turned himself in Thursday night at the St. Lucie County jail Thursday night.Officer Albert...

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Bars, movie theaters can reopen across much of Florida, but not Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach counties

Bars, movie theaters can reopen across much of Florida, but not Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach counties

Would you like to receive local news notifications on your desktop?Yes pleaseNot nowGov. Ron DeSantis says Florida is entering 'Phase Two' of reopening planAbout 200 to 300 protesters then walked to Delray Beach City Hall located on NW 1st Avenue. Officers with the Delray Beach police department were also spotted walking alongside the protesters.11:20 AM, Jun 03, 2020ORLANDO, Fla. — Bars across the state of Florida can reopen starting on Friday, but not yet in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday.Speaking at Universal Studios CityWalk in...

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Florida sheriff warns looters, encourages homeowners to shoot criminal trespassers if necessary

Florida sheriff warns looters, encourages homeowners to shoot criminal trespassers if necessary

Would you like to receive local news notifications on your desktop?Yes pleaseNot now'People of Polk County like guns,' sheriff says4:07 PM, Jun 02, 2020WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has a strong message for criminals wanting to wreak havoc in his county.Monday, Sheriff Judd said that the sheriff's office had received information that some people were planning to "take their criminal conduct into the neighborhoods.""I would tell them if you value your life you probably shouldn't do that in Polk County," Judd asserted. "The people of Polk County like guns. They have...

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Florida parents caught selling free meals from school

Florida parents caught selling free meals from school

Would you like to receive local news notifications on your desktop?Yes pleaseNot nowPeople in at least 50 cars went to multiple locations to receive free food then sold it for a profit.7:51 AM, Apr 24, 2020HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA/CNNewsource) — The Hillsborough County School District said it did not have enough food for students because of some "greedy" individuals.The district allows families to pick up free food once a week at 147 sites in Hillsborough County.The school district said some people were visiting multiple sites to receive free food and then selling it for a...

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