Plans underway to replace Florida bridge that collapsed, killing 6
Multiple deaths were reported Thursday afternoon after a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami collapsed, trapping multiple vehicles in the debris. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)MIAMI – Almost three years after six people were killed when a pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University, plans are moving forward for a new one in the same location. In a meeting this week, the university's board of trustees approved the transfer of $9.1 million to the Florida Department of Transportation, which will oversee the design and construction of the bridge, the Miami Herald reported. The new bridge will span the same highway, connecting the university's Modesto A. Maidique Campus to the downtown area of a Miami suburb. The Herald reported the university got the $9.1 million from different sources, including $8.5 million from the settlement with the contractors on the failed bridge.
Dogs detecting scent of COVID-19 in Florida is latest effort in fight against virus
Dogs detecting the coronavirus at the entrances of sports venues and theme parks in Central Florida could soon be a normal thing, according to a professor at Florida International University. He also serves as the provost of the university and said dogs can accurately detect COVID-19 by more than 90 percent. If a dog is already trained to detect scents, Furton said training for COVID-19 detection could take about two weeks. “Certainly, in Orlando with all of the theme parks, it could be a very viable option. At a sporting venue, Furton said dogs can detect the virus by separating people six feet apart while scanning.
Florida universities move to remote instruction amid coronavirus concerns
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State University system took action Wednesday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, ordering all of its campuses to transition to remote instruction and keeping students away from campus. “State universities with students who have returned from spring break, which includes Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida Polytechnic University, and the University of Florida, should implement a process to transition to remote instruction immediately and encourage students to return home for at least two weeks. This includes: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, New College of Florida, the University of North Florida, the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of West Florida. No college or university students have tested positive for the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the state of Florida. Click on the links below to see Florida college and university responses to the coronavirus:This is a developing story and will be updated.