Messy weather should be becoming increasingly windy weather beginning Thursday night and through tomorrow, say forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. As of 5:00 PM, Sandy remains a Category Two hurricane with 105 mile an hour winds. The storm is moving faster - 20 miles an hour to the north. Forecaster Todd Kimberlaine says the turn will keep South Florida out of the brunt of the storm. But the storm will morph some and the windfield should become even larger, so windy conditions are expected.
State Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise, says she hopes her colleagues in the Legislature will resolve an issue with State Attorney General Pam Bondi that is currently tying up $300 million dollars meant to help Florida homeowners hurt by the state's foreclosure crisis.
Fifty years ago we came within a pushed-button of nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
Dr. Henry Mack, IV remembers it well.
The 81-year-old resident of Sunrise, Florida was one of those with a finger on that button during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Dr. Mack was an Army officer back then, commanding a Nike Missile base in Carleton, Michigan and an order away from launching a nuclear warhead. "It was probably the most challenging assignment that I had in my 20 years of service; knowing that I could be the single individual that started World War III."
Salon profiled Florida's Amendment 6, one of the most controversial ballot measures facing approval from Florida voters Nov. 6.
The ballot item is aimed at removing a constitutional right to privacy currently in Florida's Constitution, but it also might cut abortion coverage in some cases for the state's public employees, Salon reports.
The amendment also has language that would prohibit the use of taxpayer money for abortions in the state.
Category Two Hurricane Sandy is continuing on its northward path after killing two people in the Caribbean, one in Jamaica and one in Haiti. Cuba felt Sandy's maximum winds of 114 miles an hour, according to the National Weather Service.
It's still expected to hit the Bahamas, the Miami Herald reports, as it dishes out very bad weather for South Florida and, eventually, the U. S. east coast.
If you aren’t old enough to remember, ask someone over 50. That day, when President Kennedy revealed in a national TV broadcast that there were missiles in Cuba, was life altering for many, especially in South Florida.
It was a day that inspired Miami native Charles Carter, who was 16, to skip school and go to the Army Recruiting Office. With his parents' consent, he successfully enlisted in the military and was assigned to one of the four, hastily built missile sites in the Everglades - a mere 90 miles from a potential nuclear threat.
Producer Rich Halten spoke to Carter and several other people who lived through that time, tapping their memories about the Cuban Missile Crisis, as this week marks the 50-year anniversary.
Archival audio is from the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives.
We were also fortunate to gather tales and memories from members of the Public Insight Network to enhance the already incredible story Halten produced. You can listen to the radio story above, and you can read what contributors remembered and thought of those two horrifying and sleepless weeks below.
All of the misconduct alleged by the commission supposedly occurred while Rivera was a state legislator. In a statement , Rivera denied the charges and accused the Ethics Commission of political motivations.
The Florida Ethics Commission has accused Miami Republican Congressman David Rivera of 11 separate violations, including misuse of campaign funds, falsifying disclosure forms and accepting corporate money he should have known was intended to influence his votes.
Tropical Storm Sandy is expected to bring wind and rain to South Florida Thursday and Friday as it tracks north toward the Bahamas through Jamaica and Cuba. A tropical storm watch is already in effect from Jupiter Inlet south to the Florida Keys. Get the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.