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Troopers: Florida man grabbed steering wheel, caused crash

Oct. 15, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 20-year-old Florida man is accused of grabbing the steering wheel and causing a woman to lose control of the car she was driving as they traveled on Interstate 75, officials said. Nathaniel Allen Klippel was arrested Thursday afternoon in Tampa, the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 13, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. October 13, 2021. Editorial: The Tampa Bay Rays loss hurts. Losing the Rays would hurt a lot more The Rays are looking for a new stadium. Will the Tampa Bay area deliver? That hurt. Losing a playoff series always...

The Latest: Biden vaccine order moves closer to enforcement

Oct. 12, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The Biden’s administration’s mandate that employers with 100 or more workers require coronavirus vaccinations or institute weekly virus testing has moved one step closer to enforcement. On Tuesday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

Florida fines key county $3.5 million for mandating vaccines

Oct. 12, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has issued its first fine to a county it says violated a new state law banning coronavirus vaccine mandates and for firing 14 workers who failed to get the shots. The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday issued the $3.5 million fine...

Man arrested in Florida in 2020 killing of Manchester man

Oct. 12, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An arrest has been made in the killing of a Manchester man last year, authorities said Tuesday. The Manchester Police Department and other law enforcement agencies started investigating the disappearance of Zakhi Charabaty, 42, in March of last...

App designed to save lives not popular with Florida teachers

Oct. 11, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An app designed to help save lives by targeting the location of an emergency at a school is not popular with teachers and other eligible employees because they don't trust it. In the two months it's been available, only 16% of school staff...

Police: Driver was going 116 mph when he crashed into house

Oct. 08, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who investigators say was driving his Tesla at least 116 mph before crashing into a house was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. Vaughn Mongan, 43, didn't have his car in autopilot mode when he ran a...

Florida to dock school district salaries for requiring masks

Oct. 07, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is set to dock salaries and withhold funding from local school districts that defied Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on pandemic mask mandates in classrooms, state education officials ruled Thursday. The Florida State Board of Education approved...

DOT road ranger hit by car while setting up I-75 detour

Oct. 07, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Department of Transportation road ranger who was setting up a detour following a crash on Interstate 75 early Thursday was hit by an inattentive driver who went around traffic cones, troopers said. The ranger, who works for the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 06, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

Miami Herald. October 2, 2021. Editorial: Want voters to trust the redistricting process? Start with listening to them The once-a-decade process of drawing new boundaries for legislative and congressional seats has started in Tallahassee. It’s...