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Arrests at Miami rail crossing net few convictions, much criticism

Florida East Coast Railway police officers have arrested hundreds for trespassing with few convictions.

18 September 2014 | 6:57 pm

Fla. Gov. appoints legislator as utility regulator

State Rep. Jimmy Patronis is being appointed to the panel that regulates Florida utilities.

18 September 2014 | 5:31 pm

Andres Oppenheimer: Brazilian election could help end country’s ‘paralysis’

Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso confirmed this week something that many of us have suspected: If the opposition wins the Oct. 5 presidential election, there will be changes in Brazilian foreign policy that might affect all of Latin America.

18 September 2014 | 5:08 pm

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s new runway now open

The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport opened its south runway Thursday, the first part of a $2 billion expansion to alleviate crowds and flight delays at the budget-friendly travel hub.

18 September 2014 | 5:05 pm

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s new runway now open

The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport opened its south runway Thursday, the first part of a $2 billion expansion to alleviate crowds and flight delays at the budget-friendly travel hub.

18 September 2014 | 5:05 pm

Mystery man in Rick Scott attack ad unveiled, misleads about Charlie Crist and Ponzi scheme

The Miami Herald has identified the Republican used in an attack ad by Gov. Rick Scott against challenger Charlie Crist. The ad wrongly claims that Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein had ‘swindled’ the mysterious Republican.

18 September 2014 | 3:44 pm

Fort Lauderdale home health firm settles federal whistleblower case.

A Plus Home Health Care in Fort Lauderdale agreed to pay $1.65 million to the federal government to resolve a federal whistleblower suit that alleged it made kickbacks to doctors’ spouses to get referrals of Medicare patients.

18 September 2014 | 3:41 pm

Man electrocuted by fallen power lines in Tampa

Authorities say a man was electrocuted by power lines that had fallen behind a Tampa home.

18 September 2014 | 3:20 pm

Girl involved in bullying suicide plans to sue

Lawyers for a 13-year-old girl accused of bullying a classmate have filed notice that they intend to sue Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and his office.

18 September 2014 | 2:50 pm

Coast Guard seizes $23 million worth of cocaine

The Coast Guard is reporting an operation in the Caribbean that netted more than $23 million worth of cocaine.

18 September 2014 | 2:44 pm

Rick Scott tries to clarify attack ad on Charlie Crist

Gov. Rick Scott suggested his ad wasn’t really saying that Charlie Crist was an active participant in the fraud spawned by Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme.

18 September 2014 | 2:28 pm

Ocala police officers will get body cameras

A central Florida police department will soon be issuing body cameras to its officers.

18 September 2014 | 12:05 pm

Bodies of 2 women found along Jacksonville road

Authorities have identified two young women whose bodies were found alongside a Jacksonville road.

18 September 2014 | 11:10 am

Florida student dies from meningitis

A Florida student attending Georgetown University has died from meningitis.

18 September 2014 | 10:55 am

NOAA recommends moving corals damaged by dredging

Federal officials say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should move rare corals damaged by dredging at the port of Miami to underwater nurseries.

18 September 2014 | 10:40 am

New runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport

Officials say a new runway opening at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport should help reduce flight delays and bring more tourists to South Florida.

18 September 2014 | 10:20 am

5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 18

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

18 September 2014 | 10:10 am

Coast Guard seizes $23 million worth of cocaine

The Coast Guard is reporting an operation in the Caribbean that netted more than $23 million worth of cocaine.

18 September 2014 | 10:05 am

Archbishop Curley adds coordinator for students to ‘bring faith to their life’

A warm Neighbors in Religion welcome to Jim Ranieri, who recently joined the staff at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep school to cover a big job — the Coordinator of Student Services and Campus Ministry, as well as the Ddirector of Enrollment Management.

18 September 2014 | 4:00 am

Homeowners are paying more for less insurance coverage under Scott, Crist says

PolitiFact checked out Charlie Crist’s claim against Gov. Rick Scott on property insurance rates and found it mostly true.

18 September 2014 | 3:08 am

‘I Love Lucy Live On Stage’ celebrates Miami run with free cocktail party at Arsht Center

A free cocktail party at the Arsht Center celebrates ‘I Love Lucy Live On Stage’ with Miami Gay Men’s Chorus and a Lucy look-alike contest for both women and men.

18 September 2014 | 3:05 am

Miami-Dade woman dies of meningitis

A Georgetown University student from Miami-Dade County died Tuesday from meningitis, the university said in a statement.

18 September 2014 | 3:04 am

Feds say ‘nurseries’ could save Government Cut coral

Wildlife managers say frail coral damaged by Port Miami dredge work should be quickly moved to temporary nurseries.

18 September 2014 | 3:02 am

Feds say ‘nurseries’ could save Government Cut coral

Wildlife managers say frail coral damaged by Port Miami dredge work should be quickly moved to temporary nurseries.

18 September 2014 | 3:02 am

Father of Tanya Gonzalez: Medical examiners says body found in trunk is his daughter

Amid an investigation into a missing woman’s case, family has set her funeral for Friday.

18 September 2014 | 2:52 am

Toxic soil forces closure of athletic fields at Colonial Drive Park

Miami-Dade County closed the athletic fields at Colonial Drive Park after finding higher than normal amounts of arsenic in the soil.

18 September 2014 | 2:26 am

Toxic soil forces closure of athletic fields at Colonial Drive Park

Miami-Dade County closed the athletic fields at Colonial Drive Park after finding higher than normal amounts of arsenic in the soil.

18 September 2014 | 2:26 am

Florida universities need $45 million to offset drop in Bright Futures scholarships

A new analysis shows black and Hispanic students have been disproportionately affected by changes to the popular Bright Futures scholarship program.

18 September 2014 | 2:17 am

Florida universities need $45 million to offset drop in Bright Futures scholarships

A new analysis shows black and Hispanic students have been disproportionately affected by changes to the popular Bright Futures scholarship program.

18 September 2014 | 2:17 am

Joe Garcia says Carlos Curbelo supports raising flood insurance rates

PolitiFact Florida found Joe Garcia’s statement about his Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo to be false.

18 September 2014 | 1:13 am

Joe Garcia says Carlos Curbelo supports raising flood insurance rates

PolitiFact Florida found Joe Garcia’s statement about his Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo to be false.

18 September 2014 | 1:13 am

How South Florida lawmakers voted: Syrian amendment

On Wednesday, lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted 273-156 to adopt the Syrian rebel amendment.

18 September 2014 | 1:06 am

Iraq war veteran sues Gov. Rick Scott, state of Florida over loss of job

“This is not political,” said Walter Kreitlow, a master sergeant in the Army reserve. “This is for the citizen soldiers out there who are taken advantage of.

18 September 2014 | 12:39 am

Iraq war veteran sues Gov. Rick Scott, state of Florida over loss of job

“This is not political,” said Walter Kreitlow, a master sergeant in the Army reserve. “This is for the citizen soldiers out there who are taken advantage of.

18 September 2014 | 12:39 am

Sen. Marco Rubio: ‘America cannot avoid its role as a global leader’

Sen. Marco Rubio did not hold back criticism — of the president, Congress or a potential 2016 presidential rival — in a foreign policy speech Wednesday that called for aggressive U.S. engagement in the world’s hot spots.

18 September 2014 | 12:10 am

Miami-Dade budget faces final vote

Mayor Carlos Gimenez dropped most of the controversial elements in his proposed budget, but some flashpoints remain.

17 September 2014 | 11:36 pm

Miami-Dade budget faces final vote

Mayor Carlos Gimenez dropped most of the controversial elements in his proposed budget, but some flashpoints remain.

17 September 2014 | 11:36 pm

President Barack Obama rules out ground troops vs. Islamic State group: ‘We’re not going to do this alone’

The president’s remarks came a day after Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told U.S. senators that he ultimately could recommend sending ground forces to combat Islamic terrorists if airstrikes prove insufficient.

17 September 2014 | 11:28 pm

Miami Beach shows off new anti-flooding pumps

Workers have begun installing pumps aimed at ending flooding of low-lying streets.

17 September 2014 | 11:28 pm

Fort Lauderdale firefighters at the nation’s busiest station are always on call

Jumping from call to call is part of the routine at Fort Lauderdale Fire Department Station 2, recently ranked as the nation’s busiest station by Firehouse Magazine.

17 September 2014 | 11:03 pm

Books & Books coming to Arsht Center campus in downtown Miami

Books & Books will open a restaurant and shop in the historic former Sears Tower building on the Arsht Center’s campus.

17 September 2014 | 10:29 pm

Miami-Dade mayor takes stand in Homestead corruption case

Carlos Gimenez testified that town mayor Steven Bateman never revealed his secret job as a consultant for a healthcare company needing government permitting.

17 September 2014 | 10:29 pm

Climate scientists ask governor for ‘solutions summit’

Provoked by Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to engage on the issue of climate change, 42 science professors from around the state now suggest policymakers and scientists meet to come up with an action plan.

17 September 2014 | 10:10 pm

Climate scientists ask governor for ‘solutions summit’

Provoked by Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to engage on the issue of climate change, 42 science professors from around the state now suggest policymakers and scientists meet to come up with an action plan.

17 September 2014 | 10:10 pm

Miami-Dade commissioners to Gov. Scott: Fix DCF

A month after Javon Dade was fatally mauled by his father’s dogs, county commissioners are calling on the governor to fix the state’s child protection system.

17 September 2014 | 1:18 pm

Corinthian Colleges lured students with lies, lawsuit says

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Corinthian Colleges, which has 10 Florida campuses

17 September 2014 | 4:10 am

Cuban musical duo Buena Fe’s upcoming concert in Miami draws protest

Miami-Dade County will not cancel the upcoming concert of the controversial Cuban musical group Buena Fe, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Tuesday.

17 September 2014 | 1:12 am

Firm drops suit against family of paralyzed Broward County man

After finding itself in a public relations nightmare last month, a prominent Tallahassee media firm has dropped its lawsuit against the family of a paralyzed Broward County man.

16 September 2014 | 12:00 am

Pedestrian killed crossing State Road 7 in Broward

Broward Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide detectives are investigating a crash that killed a pedestrian early Sunday in Central Broward.

15 September 2014 | 2:14 am

Broward shudders as giant African snails cross border from Miami-Dade

A big fear of state agriculture officials isn’t a fear anymore. It’s reality.

15 September 2014 | 1:35 am

Marc Caputo: The politics, paradoxes and polling of pot in Florida

Tallahassee’s conservative political establishment is about to embark on a multi-million ad campaign to kill a popular, proposed constitutional amendment for medical marijuana.

14 September 2014 | 11:28 pm

Bound to bed: a girl’s agonizing death

When they moved Paige Lunsford, 14, to an ‘educational center’ with a history of abuse complaints, it was for her own protection. Ten days later, she was dead.

14 September 2014 | 12:49 pm

Bound to bed: a girl’s agonizing death

When they moved Paige Lunsford, 14, to an ‘educational center’ with a history of abuse complaints, it was for her own protection. Ten days later, she was dead.

14 September 2014 | 12:49 pm

Judge backs tribe in state tax dispute

A federal judge has sided with the Seminole Tribe of Florida in a dispute with the state Department of Revenue about utility and rental taxes on tribal property, including at casinos in Hollywood and Tampa.

11 September 2014 | 10:55 pm

Charges dropped against psychologists in death of disabled Broward girl

Charges have been dropped against two psychologists in connection with a little Broward girl’s neglect death, but charges against a child-welfare worker and the girl’s cousin stand.

11 September 2014 | 1:03 am

Broward judge vacates gay marriage ruling, says state wasn’t properly notified

Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen vacated his ruling that Florida’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, after he learned the state was not notified early in the case.

10 September 2014 | 2:15 am

Florida critical to birds at risk from climate change

A new study by the National Audubon Society found 21 percent of North America’s birds will lose half their range by 2050.

9 September 2014 | 11:28 pm

SUV plows through Fort Lauderdale building

A driver lost control of his SUV Monday evening and plowed through the side of a plant store in Fort Lauderdale, shattering the glass, cracking the concrete and leaving the building structurally unsafe.

9 September 2014 | 2:53 am

Miami Shores reverses course, passes resolution in favor of gay marriage

Miami Shores Council, 4-1, passes new gay marriage resolution

9 September 2014 | 2:37 am

Debate over Common Core school standards presents political balancing act for Gov. Rick Scott

The Common Core standards are a thorny issue for Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for reelection.

7 September 2014 | 6:53 pm

Feds intensify investigation on Rep. Joe Garcia’s former campaign manager

Former campaign aides for Joe Garcia are subpoenaed as part of the federal investigation of the congressman’s 2010 campaign.

4 September 2014 | 1:57 am

Florida auto tag fees drop on Sept. 1

The reduction in vehicle-registration fees, one of two new laws going into effect Monday, is expected to save motorists $17 to $25 a year depending on the size of the vehicles.

31 August 2014 | 11:14 pm

Legal challenge takes aim at Florida’s school voucher program

The statewide teachers union and other groups are questioning whether the controversial school voucher program is constitutional.

28 August 2014 | 8:03 pm

Charlie Crist’s big win clouded by low turnout and enthusiasm questions

Charlie Crist trounced underfunded rival Nan Rich, but Democrats in the state’s three largest counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach largely stayed home.

27 August 2014 | 11:20 pm