Disney’s Reedy Creek bond trading spikes after DeSantis dissolution drama
Virus Outbreak Florida Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends a media event regarding the 2022 Florida Python Challenge, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Miami. DeSantis said Thursday that his administration won't facilitate their distribution, though he said they'll be available to those who want them. The state of Florida’s impending dissolution of Walt Disney World’s (NYSE: DIS) Reedy Creek Improvement District has spiked trade activity among bond holders. Ron DeSantis signed a new immigration bill Friday in North Florida.wftv.com
DeSantis signs new immigration bill in Florida with focus on smuggling, human trafficking
Video: DeSantis signs new immigration bill in Florida with focus on smuggling, human trafficking Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new immigration bill Friday in North Florida. Ron DeSantis signed a new immigration bill Friday in North Florida. READ: DeSantis reactivates Florida State Guard with a focus on disaster responseThe bill includes barring state and local government agencies from contracting with transportation companies that bring undocumented immigrants into the state. Photos: DeSantis signs new immigration bill in Florida with focus on smuggling, human traffickingExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 10 DeSantis signs new immigration bill in Florida with focus on smuggling, human trafficking“Think about the sheer numbers we are talking about,” DeSantis said.wftv.com
Appeals Court Sides with DeSantis on Elimination of Black-Access North Florida Congressional District
Ron DeSantis’ congressional redistricting plan, which dismantles a North Florida district likely to elect a Black candidate, will be used for this year’s primary and general elections, at least for now. As it stands now, DeSantis’ congressional plan would divide North Florida Blacks among four districts dominated by white voters, each sitting next to each other: Districts 2, 3, 4, and 5. Smith decided to lift the automatic stay of his ruling striking down the DeSantis map. A separate federal legal attack on the DeSantis map is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. In the state case, DeSantis cites U.S. Supreme Court precedents disfavoring using race as a predominant factor in drawing political boundaries.flaglerlive.com
Florida appeals court reinstates DeSantis congressional map
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — (AP) — A new congressional map drawn by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' staff that could diminish the state's Black representation in Washington was reinstated by an appeals court Friday, a week after a lower court judge said the map was unconstitutional. The 1st District Court of appeals ruled Judge Layne Smith erred when he ordered a replacement map be used for the 2022 election. The latest order means the governor's map is reinstated pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the map. They include Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute, the League of Women Voters of Florida, Equal Ground Education Fund, and Florida Rising Together.wftv.com
Psssst: Here’s what you need to know about Florida’s 6 venomous snake species
(Luke Smith)ORLANDO, Fla. — Bad news for people who don’t love snakes: There are 44 different slithery species that call Florida home. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said most Florida snakes are harmless and beneficial and remove extra rodent populations. FWC officials say it also ranks high on the list of venomous snakes in the world. Photos: See Florida’s 6 venomous snake speciesExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 19 Pygmy rattlesnake The pygmy rattlesnake, which is also known as the ground rattler, is found in every county in Florida. READ: Family finds venomous snake in their Christmas treeCoral snakeFWC officials say the coral snake’s venom is the most potent of any snake in North America.wftv.com
Missing Child Alert issued for 9-year-old Florida boy last seen Friday, FDLE says
Missing Child Alert issued for 9-year-old Florida boy last seen Friday, FDLE saysLIVE OAK, Fla. — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a Missing Child Alert on Saturday night in North Florida. WATCH: Weather Alert Day: Freeze warnings issued as major cold front moves into Central FloridaFDLE said 9-year-old Jaxon Nickerson was last seen near the 7000 block of 160th Trail in Live Oak in Suwannee County. Jaxon is around 4 feet tall, weighs 65 pounds and has long hair that may be in a ponytail. A FL MISSING CHILD Alert for 9yo W/M Jaxon Nickerson, 4'0", 65lbs, blonde hair/ hazel eyes, last seen in Live Oak. #FLMissingChild pic.twitter.com/RVrEAEuwIE — FDLE (@fdlepio) January 30, 2022FDLE did not say why the alert was issued for Nickerson but mentioned he has been missing since Friday.wftv.com
Governor’s office releases proposed congressional redistricting map
The governor’s office released a proposed congressional redistricting map on Sunday. In Central Florida, the proposed map shows significant changes in Rep. Michael Waltz’ district, Rep. Val Demings’ district and Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s district. READ: 2022 Girl Scout cookies hit the streetsCurrent plan:Florida Redistricting Current Florida Redistricting plan. (Florida Redistricting)New proposed plan:Florida Redistricting New Florida Redistricting plan (Florida Redistricting)The proposed map could be voted on as early as next week. READ: Coronavirus: Mark Milley, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, tests positive for COVID-19Click here to view an interactive version of the proposed map.wftv.com
FBI Informant Who Reportedly Helped Stop the Murder of a Black Man by the KKK Says the Klan Is More ‘Prevalent and Consequential’ Than the Agencies Would Like to Admit
A U.S. Army veteran, who spent 10 years undercover in the Ku Klux Klan, said officials need to root out members of the domestic terrorism […]news.yahoo.com
Previously winless Texas Southern stuns No. 20 Florida 69-54
Texas Southern Florida Basketball Texas Southern forward Joirdon Karl Nicholas (5) celebrates with forward Brison Gresham (44) and guard PJ Henry (3) after playing against Florida during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey) (Matt Stamey)GAINESVILLE, Fla. — (AP) — Previously winless Texas Southern stunned No. 20 Florida 69-54 on Monday night behind PJ Henry’s 16 points and Joirdon Karl Nicholas’ perfect shooting performance. Texas Southern became the first Southwestern Athletic Conference team to beat a ranked SEC program in The Associated Press poll era dating to 1936, ESPN Stats & Info said. The Tigers were coming off a 27-point loss at Louisiana Tech and catching a Florida team trying to rebound from its first loss. Texas Southern is led by former LSU coach Johnny Jones, who evened his record against White at 2-2.wftv.com
LIVE RADAR: Rain moving through parts of Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — Rain is moving through Central Florida this morning. The heaviest rain is sitting offshore, but a few lingering showers are sticking around for the next few days. A front sitting near North Florida will move through Central Florida late Friday. READ: Venmo, Zelle, others will report ‘goods and services’ payments of $600 or more to IRS for 2022 taxesLooking ahead, more scattered showers will move through on Saturday morning and into the afternoon. Sunrise at Kennedy Space Center (Kevin McGill)Visit our hurricane section: EYE ON THE TROPICSFollow our Severe Weather team on Twitter for live updates:©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Blue Alert: $54K reward offered for capture of man accused of killing Florida deputy
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — A $54,000 reward is available for tips leading to the capture of a man accused of shooting and killing a North Florida deputy. Investigators are searching for Patrick McDowell, who is accused of killing Nassau County Deputy Joshua Moyers. READ: Blue Alert issued for man accused of killing deputy in North FloridaThe Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a Blue Alert for McDowell on Sunday. — Nassau County SO (@NCSO_FL) September 27, 2021READ: Blue Alert: What does it mean in Florida? Moyers was shot twice during a traffic stop Friday and died from his injuries Sunday, according to the Nassau County Sheriff.wftv.com
Sheriff: Florida deputy not going to survive shooting
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (AP) — A North Florida sheriff’s deputy who was recently shot twice during a traffic stop is not going to survive his injuries, authorities announced Saturday. If you have any information on the location of this suspect, please call the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office at 904-225-5174. They previously found a gun that they believe was used to shoot a police dog during the search on Friday, The Florida Times-Union reported. The search for McDowell includes 300 investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies in the state, the newspaper said. Here’s what experts, data say is leading to labor shortagesPolice organizations including the Fraternal Order of Police and the Florida Sheriff’s Association are offering up to $25,000 for information leading to the McDowell’s arrest.wftv.com
Sheriff: Florida deputy not going to survive shooting
A North Florida sheriff's deputy who was recently shot twice during a traffic stop is not going to survive his injuries, authorities announced Saturday. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said doctors at UF Health Jacksonville did their best to save Deputy Joshua Moyers, 29, but “there was just nothing they could do for Josh.” Leeper said the deputy's family decided that Moyers' organs should be donated, so medical personnel are keeping him alive until the hospital can find matches for the organs, news outlets reported.news.yahoo.com
As more Florida kids are hospitalized for COVID, Nicklaus Children’s mandates vaccine
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all employees and vendors on Friday as the number of pediatric inpatients hospitalized in Florida with a confirmed case of the disease continued to lead all other states.news.yahoo.com
The heat is on, rain chances increase Monday
ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s going to be another hot day here in Central Florida. In additional to the heat, Meteorologist Brian Shields says our chances for rain will increase Monday. Spin to the northeast of us...moving onshore up there. Nothing organized, but it will enhance our chance of rain/storms later. pic.twitter.com/DoP5Rvjiu1 — Brian Shields, WFTV (@BrianWFTV) July 26, 2021Shields says the tropical disturbance that we’ve been tracking is moving onshore in North Florida and Georgia.wftv.com
WATCH LIVE: Fireworks forecast, Elsa update
With a system stalled our over North Florida, elevated rain chances will continue. Like Saturday, the best chance for rain will be during the first half of the day, with a drying trend starting Sunday evening. The highest rain and storm chances will reside north of Orlando, closer to the stalled front. All of Central Florida will be under the gun for periods of rain, however.
Shot into canyon costs Louis Oosthuizen at US Open
Oosthuizen finished second in a major for the sixth time, losing to Jon Rahm by a shot after pulling his tee shot on Torrey Pines' 17th hole in the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday. Oosthuizen lost another playoff at the 2015 Open Championship when he missed a 12-foot birdie putt that would have forced sudden death against Zach Johnson. Oosthuizen lost by a shot to Jordan Spieth at the 2015 U.S. Open and by two to Justin Thomas at the 2017 PGA Championship. 18 to share the lead lead after three rounds. Oosthuizen instead fell one shot short of becoming the fourth South African to win the U.S. Open.wftv.com
Majority of Florida voters approve of Ron DeSantis’ performance as governor, poll shows
ORLANDO, Fla. – A Mason-Dixon poll released Tuesday finds more than half of registered Florida voters support Ron DeSantis’ performance as the state’s governor, News 6 partner WJXT-TV reported. The poll shows that statewide, 53% of respondents approve of how DeSantis is handling his job, 42% disapprove and 5% were undecided. Of those polled, 51% of Florida voters said between Fried and DeSantis, they would vote for DeSantis. When it comes to Fried, 65% of Florida voters would vote for DeSantis, 32% would vote for Fried and 3% were undecided. Mason-Dixon polled a total of 625 registered Florida voters who were interviewed live by telephone statewide from Feb. 24 through Feb. 28.
Seal spotted bouncing around on North Florida beaches
A seal was spotted resting along some North Florida beaches over the last few days. A seal has been spotted resting along some North Florida beaches over the last few days, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Southeast tweeted Tuesday. Biologists are monitoring the harbor seal pup, which comes in for a rest every now and then, News 6 partner News4Jax reported. If you spot the seal, give it 50 yards of space and report the sighting to 1-877-WHALE-HELP (877-942-5343). Biologists are currently monitoring a seal spotted resting along some North Florida beaches over the past few days.
Statewide tornado drill to take place in Florida Feb. 3
At approximately 10 a.m. Feb. 3, all National Weather Service offices serving Florida will issue a practice tornado warning. AdThe practice tornado warning will be canceled at 10:30 a.m. If severe weather threatens Florida Wednesday, the test will be moved to Feb. 5. School districts, private schools, pre-schools and daycare centers are urged to participate in Wednesday’s drill by enacting their severe weather plan. As a family, come up with a safe meeting place to go to in the event a tornado warning is issued.
Temps to hit low 80s in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – High pressure which has produced a warm week, will give way to a slowly approaching cold front. This feature will cross into North Florida Saturday, keeping Central Florida warm, with a slight chance of a passing shower through the weekend. Highs will run above normal, in the lower 80s with lows in the mid-60s. (WKMG)A few strong storms will be possible on Monday ahead of a strong cold front tracking through the area. With three days left of the official hurricane season, we continue to watch two areas in the middle of the Atlantic with a slight chance for tropical development.
Miami skydiver dies in north Florida after parachute failed
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Authorities say a Miami skydiver died in North Florida when his parachute didn’t deploy correctly during a jump. The Bradford County Sheriff's Office said Friday that a team of skydivers were practicing a jump when the accident happened on Friday. The group of seven men, all originally from Cuba, were practicing for a weekend event that honors the families of fallen police officers. News4Jax reported that one of the team members — Nick Perdomo — identified his deceased teammate as 51-year-old Yuset Hernandez. “And the very last jump that they were doing, one of the skydiver’s chutes didn’t deploy fully,” Smith said.
Tropical Storm Eta brings rain, gusty winds to Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – All eyes are on Tropical Storm Eta. In Central Florida, we are seeing rain and strong wind gusts. There is a tropical storm warning in effect for Volusia and Brevard counties. Rain chances will be up to 80% on Monday and 50% on Tuesday and Wednesday in Central Florida. Rain chances will stay at around 50% on Thursday, with tropical storm conditions possible for Central Florida Thursday night into Friday.
Republican Neal Dunn re-elected in US House District 2 race
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Republican Neal Dunn has been declared the winner of the U.S. House District 2 race. Incumbent Neal Dunn currently holds the seat for U.S. House District 2 and was facing write-in candidate Kim O’Connor on the November ballot. [2020 VOTER GUIDE: Everything you need to know ahead of the presidential election]Here’s what you need to know about the candidates:Neal Dunn (R)Congressman Dunn first assumed office in 2017. At the beginning of the 116th Congress, Dunn was appointed to serve on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. She first graduated from the University of South Florida with a philosophy degree then got her law degree at the University of Florida.
At the end of Florida's voter registration period, Republicans narrowed the gap to almost equal registered Democrats
The remainder are voters registered with third parties.With Republicans overtaking Democrats in rural DeSoto County between the primaries and the general-election book closing, the GOP is the major party in 48 of the state’s 67 counties.Meanwhile, Democrats lead in seven of the most populated counties, topped by Miami-Dade, which has 1.56 million total voters. Broward County has the next-largest amount at 1.266 million voters, and Palm Beach County is at 1.02 million.Lafayette County in rural North Florida has the fewest registered voters, with 4,568, followed by Liberty County, which is west of Tallahassee, at 4,601. Lafayette has a Republican majority while Liberty County has more people registered as Democrats. Both counties voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016.Nearly 2.1 million voters have already cast ballots by mail for the Nov. 3 elections. With the updated book-closing numbers, that means about 14.5 percent of the state’s registered voters have cast ballots.Democrats had returned 49.9 percent of the vote-by-mail ballots as of Thursday morning, to 29.8 percent by Republicans.Early-voting sites open in 52 counties on Monday.orlandoweekly.com
DEA chief meets with Florida law enforcement, warns of a ’flood of drugs’ into the U.S. when pandemic travel restrictions end
click to enlarge AdobeU.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Timothy Shea warned Tuesday that the eventual lifting of coronavirus restrictions could bring a flood of methamphetamine and other narcotics from Mexico into the United States. Shea met in Tallahassee with federal, state and local law-enforcement officials from North Florida and Attorney General Ashley Moody. In part, they held a closed-door meeting about future efforts to confront Mexican transnational criminal organizations that have established networks in areas such as Panama City and Franklin County.U.S. “Virtually all of the methamphetamine and much of the fentanyl in this country comes from Mexico,” Shea said. “These drugs are manufactured on an industrial scale in Mexico using precursor chemicals from China and then smuggled across the border and distributed to every state in the country.”orlandoweekly.com
Meet the candidates: Here’s who’s running for US House District 2
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Florida’s 2nd Congressional District is the largest congressional district in Florida by land area and includes a lot of the counties in the Panhandle, as well as Marion County. Incumbent Neal Dunn currently holds the seat for U.S. House District 2 and is facing write-in candidate Kim O’Connor on the November ballot. At the beginning of the 116th Congress, Dunn was appointed to serve on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. She first graduated from the University of South Florida with a philosophy degree then got her law degree at the University of Florida. Her political experience includes her time as Hillsborough County Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor, District 2 and Ochlockonee River Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor, District 3.
Watch live beach cameras as Isaias continues to trek toward Florida
Isaias continues to have Florida in its sights after it battered Puerto Rico with high winds and heavy rains Thursday. Will it barely graze the East Coast, or could it reroute and head straight up the middle of the state? We’re keeping an eye out on all the coasts for what this storm could mean for Florida -- and the rest of the U.S. Here are some live webcams you can watch as the storm heads north. South FloridaWatch live below: Fort Meyers BeachWatch live below: Dania Beach Pier and beachWatch live: Sunny Isles webcamWatch live: Palm BeachWatch live: Naples PierCentral FloridaWatch live below: NaplesWatch live below: Cocoa Beach PierWatch live: Flagler BeachWatch live below: Deerfield BeachWatch live: Daytona BeachWatch live below: St. PetersburgNorth FloridaWatch live below: Fort Walton BeachWatch live: Jacksonville BeachWatch live below: St. Augustine BeachWatch live: Ponte Vedra Beach
Immigration crackdown expands after
Ron DeSantis push to crack down on illegal immigration is slowly expanding the footprint of federal immigration authorities in parts of Floridas criminal justice system. And a North Florida prison is poised to deputize corrections workers to perform some functions of immigration officers. The statute requires local governments to "use their best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law." But participation in federal immigration programs is not required under the law, according to Amien Kacou, an immigration attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. The local deportation officer referred the probation officer to the designated immigration officer that would have the most current information in that particular case, she added.ocala.com
Immigration crackdown expands following sanctuary cities ban
Ron DeSantis push to crack down on illegal immigration is slowly expanding the footprint of federal immigration authorities in parts of Floridas criminal justice system. And a North Florida prison is poised to deputize corrections workers to perform some functions of immigration officers. The statute requires local governments to "use their best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law." The local deportation officer referred the probation officer to the designated immigration officer that would have the most current information in that particular case, she added. Probation officers are meant to help people stay out of trouble, instead of trying to get rid of them, he said.ocala.com
MARK LANE: Florida Primary numbers Biden sweeps, turnout down
After Presidential Primary Day, heres a look at the numbers in Florida. This year, 68.3% voted by mail or at early voting sites. Some of that was because of coronavirus fears, but a lot of it was a continuing trend toward early voting in Florida. His Volusia County numbers were below his statewide margins, but he did win 58% of the vote to Sanders 22%. Early voting for Bloomberg appears to have cut into his margin here.news-journalonline.com
As COVID-19 cases in Florida surpass 100, containment is key
Still, as Florida Health Secretary and state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said Sunday, "The best way to avoid getting COVID-19 is to avoid crowds." The U.S. has more than 3,200 reported cases and 62 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. North Florida sees rise in casesThe number of cases in North Florida is growing, too. State health officials dont list ages for three Duval cases. As the number of diagnosed cases grows, so does the number of cases that are still under investigation.ocala.com
ON THE SPOT: How tariffs, trade agreements affect the economy
Tom Hellman, acting president of SCORE Volusia/Flagler Chapter and North Florida regional director, sheds some light on how trade agreements and tariffs affect the economy. This weeks On the Spot guest, Tom Hellman, acting president of SCORE Volusia/Flagler Chapter and North Florida regional director, sheds some light on how trade agreements and tariffs affect the economy. How do tariffs and trade agreements impact the U.S. economy? Trade agreements generally lower trade barriers which promotes economic growth, efficiency, technological progress and what matters most in our economy, consumer welfare. Well-designed trade agreements support the free flow of goods and services without any trade barriers such as tariffs, licenses, or import quotas.news-journalonline.com
Florida federal prison employee indicted in large-scale dog-fighting ring
A Federal Bureau of Prisons employee from Marianna is the latest alleged co-conspirator to be charged in connection with a large-scale illegal North Florida dog-fighting ring involving 100 pit bull-type canines. The federal grand jury in Tallahassee handed down a superseding indictment this week, adding DeCarlisle Chapman, 46, to the governments list of suspected co-conspirators. Hadley and Safford were named in a previous indictment made public June 4, along with six other co-conspirators. In the course of training the dogs, one of the co-conspirators left a dog alone in a pool and it drowned. According to the indictment, Hadley was contacted in January by the cooperating source about buying a dog for an acquaintance who wanted to train it to fight.news-journalonline.com