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DeSantis faces criticism for comments on COVID-19 vaccine

Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried who is running against Governor Ron DeSantis for his seat in 2022 is calling on journalists to fact check all elected officials after DeSantis publicly said vaccines are merely a personal choice. As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in Florida the governor is coming under fire for those comments by many of those in the medical community and on the front line of the COVID-19 battle. The number of children being hospitalized in Florida has increased more than tenfold as the number of COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed to new heights. “It’s about your health...

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WATCH: Florida deputy delivers baby boy in 7-Eleven parking lot

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – A deputy successfully delivered a baby boy early Tuesday morning in Florida. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jordan Ream was dispatched to a 7-Eleven parking lot on Highway 60 and Dover Road in Valrico. The 911 caller told dispatchers his wife was in labor, and he didn’t think they would make it to the hospital. Within minutes of arriving on scene, Deputy Ream was helping deliver the baby boy, HCSO officials said. The mother and baby were taken to the hospital and are doing great. The birth was caught on body camera, Hillsborough County...

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Gov. DeSantis declares State of Emergency for TD Fred, SWFL counties not included

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in response to Tropical Depression Fred. The State of Emergency was issued to Bay, Calhoun, Citrus, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Manatee, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington counties. Southwest Florida was not included in the order. Rain from Fred can be expected in the Southwest Florida area starting on Saturday. A copy of the Executive Order can be seen here. The post Gov. DeSantis...

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Sarasota woman kicked off plane for not wearing mask tells her side of the story

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The woman that was kicked off a Delta Airlines flight at Southwest International Florida is speaking out about what took place on the plane.  Adelaide Schrowang, 23, was removed from an early morning flight on July 7 after airport police said she refused to wear a facemask. She also reportedly spit on other passengers.  PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Sarasota woman forcibly removed from plane after refusing to wear mask She was released from the Lee County Jail on Thursday after spending more than two weeks behind bars.  “That day I had been experiencing a lot of...

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Florida man convicted for stealing over $230K from relative with dementia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Tampa man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of stealing over $230,000 from a vulnerable elderly relative. Victor Hawkins was found guilty by a jury of stealing the money from his 77-year-old relative who had been diagnosed with dementia, according to the Office of Attorney General Ashley Moody. In addition to stealing the money, Hawkins also managed to swindle the elderly man out of his home and evict the man’s wife from it, a news release states. Hawkins was also sentenced to 10 years probation following his release from prison. ...

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Coronavirus infects vaccinated leader at Florida condo site

MIAMI, Fla. – A vaccinated Miami-Dade county commissioner who helped other local officials in Surfside following the collapse of a condominium building announced that he and his chief of staff tested positive for COVID-19. The news release late Sunday from Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz said he and his chief of staff Isidoro Lopez, who also received a vaccine against COVID-19, came down with flu-like symptoms earlier in the day and later tested positive for the virus. “Staff and others who have been in close contact with them will be getting tested between...

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Florida high school shooting defendant wants hearings closed

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for the man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school in 2018 want a judge to close all future hearings to the media and the public to ensure a fair trial. A motion filed Thursday by lawyers for Nikolas Cruz says news coverage of pretrial hearings could instill bias among prospective jurors in the death penalty case. For example, they say, the hearings could discuss evidence later found inadmissible at Cruz’s trial. Hearings for Cruz, 22, have drawn extensive news coverage since his arrest in the Valentine’s Day 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman...

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Cat found alive and reunited with family after Surfside building collapse

       (CNN) — Binx, a cat who lived on the ninth floor of the Champlain Towers South, was reunited with his family on Friday after volunteers found him near the site of the collapse, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a news conference. “After 16 long and extremely difficult days, I’m happy to be able to share a small piece of good news,” the mayor said Friday evening. Levine Cava said there are people who feed the cats in the area surrounding the collapse site and one of the volunteers thought they recognized the cat and brought...

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Florida reports rise in coronavirus cases over the past week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials reported an increase in COVID-19 cases and a higher positive test rate over the past week. The number of virus cases in Florida rose by about 8,000 compared with the week before, for a total of 23,747 new cases, the state Department of Health reported Friday. New cases of the coronavirus have been on the rise in Florida over the past month. The rate of positive tests was 7.8% last week after trending at about 4% positivity in recent weeks. There were 172 deaths in Florida from COVID-19 last week, the health department reported. More than 2,300...

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Dog dies after gator attack by Florida pond

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (AP) — Residents in a central Florida neighborhood are on edge after an alligator attacked and killed a dog that a woman was walking along a trail, wildlife officials said. The incident happened Thursday night along the West Orange Trail in Winter Garden, WKMG reported. The dog ran into a pond to chase some ducks, and was attacked by the gator, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Chad Weber. An alligator trapper who was called to the scene captured and killed the alligator, Weber said. The body of the dog was recovered. Shirliene...

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