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US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

Nov. 18, 2019 2:01 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and...

Sheriff: Man punched umpire over disputed Little League call

Nov. 18, 2019 1:42 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a man punched a Little League umpire and broke his tooth over a disputed call after a game. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release Monday that 22-year-old Alberto Escartin Ramos was arrested on a charge of felony battery of a sports...

Florida sheriff cracks down on human trafficking, sex trade

Nov. 18, 2019 1:18 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida’s Tampa Bay area say they’ve arrested 104 people in connection with human trafficking charges during a five-month long investigation. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said 76 men were arrested for trying to buy sex, and 28 were women who...

12 Florida utilities break ground on solar panel project

Nov. 18, 2019 1:15 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A dozen municipal utilities in Florida are breaking ground on one of the largest municipal solar projects in the nation. The utilities on Monday broke ground in the Orlando area for the project which will have 900,000 solar panels installed at two sites. Jacob Williams, the CEO of...

Florida governor’s budget plan: Teacher pay, fewer pythons

Nov. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday proposed a $91.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July, a spending plan he says will help attract teachers to the state while getting rid of more pythons. The proposal is about $400 million over the current...

Parents, 4-year-old son killed in head-on crash in Florida

Nov. 18, 2019 12:00 PM EST

GAINESVILLLE, Fla. (AP) — A 4-year-old Georgia boy has died after a head-on crash on a Florida highway that also killed his parents. The Florida Highway Patrol said Monday that Christopher and Brittany Hesling and son Jack, of St. Marys, Georgia, have died from injuries sustained in the crash late Saturday...

Elections official fired after shoving match with deputies

Nov. 18, 2019 11:48 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a manager of information technology at a Florida elections office has been fired after shoving detectives who attempted to grab his cellphone during a child pornography investigation. The Palm Beach Post reports 61-year-old Jeff Darter faces two felony counts of...

Passenger dies on Carnival’s Horizon during cruise

Nov. 18, 2019 11:15 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Officials say an investigation is underway after a passenger died while the Carnival Horizon was returning to port in Miami. Carnival Cruise Line confirmed via email on Monday that the passenger died Friday. The cruise line says it is cooperating with the standard law enforcement...

Waterlogged bag full of cocaine washes up on Florida beach

Nov. 18, 2019 7:54 AM EST

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies seized a duffel bag filled with cocaine that washed up on a northeast Florida beach. The Florida Times-Union reports an anonymous called tipped investigators off to the barnacle-covered bag on Friday night. Flagler County Sheriff’s officials said in...

Man dies in crash with forklift at Florida beach

Nov. 18, 2019 3:01 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed in a crash with a forklift in a popular Florida beach. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the man was driving a black Mercedes convertible south on a busy road when he collided with a forklift on Sunday. Witnesses told the newspaper the...