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It’s hot out there! Keys breaking records with high temperatures

No, it’s not just you. It’s been hotter than usual in the Florida Keys over the past week. It may be winter, but consecutive sunny days have heated up the island chain. Marathon, about 50 miles north of Key West, has broken records since Feb. 17, when the high hit 87 degrees, and on Feb. 18, when th


Florida Man Charged With Murder In Wisconsin Cold Case

WAUKESHA COUNTY, WI -- A 78-year-old Florida man has been arrested and charged in Wisconsin after authorities say he may be the person responsible for his wife's death in 1979.


Key West once wanted the homeless shelter moved to a new site. Things are different now

For several years, Key West city leaders have been saying they would move their overnight homeless shelter from county property on Stock Island to another site. At first, it was to appease nearby condo owners who sued the city and then to appease the sheriff, whose complex and jail abut the shelter.


Florida mayor arrested after firing shots at SWAT team

PORT RICHEY, Fla. - The mayor of a Florida town has been arrested after he fired shots at a SWAT team attempting to serve a search warrant. Officials announced their presence at the home of Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad at 4:40 a.m. Thursday. The mayor had been accused of practicing medicine without


Huge snake mauled by alligator in Florida, shocking video shows

A giant python in the Florida Everglades met its demise earlier this week when an alligator decided to make the serpent its next meal. Rich Kruger was near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami-Dade on Monday when he came across the shocking sight.


Key West Still Struggles To Find Permanent Home For Homeless Shelter

Finding an affordable home in the Florida Keys is a real challenge. And so is finding a home for the Key West homeless shelter. Key West has had a shelter next to the Monroe County jail on Stock Island for more than a decade. It's called KOTS - which stands for Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter. It h


Measure to Lift Florida’s Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban Clears Another Hurdle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Legislation to end Florida's medical marijuana smoking ban cleared a top House panel Thursday, with the chamber's Republican leaders dropping their insistence that the drug be consumed only through filtered cigarettes.


House looks to limit local business regulations

TALLAHASSEE — A broad proposal aimed at curbing local business regulations advanced in a House subcommittee Thursday, despite criticism that it could block ordinances that prohibit “puppy mills” or the regulation of fertilizer use near waterways.


Hundreds arrested in South Florida, Treasure Coast massage parlor bust

JUPITER, Fla. - Hundreds of people have been arrested in South Florida and the Treasure Coast in connection with a massive human trafficking and prostitution sting related to massage parlors, authorities confirmed.


Florida governor Ron DeSantis wants to import prescription drugs from Canada

Florida's governor on Wednesday proposed bringing cheaper, Canadian prescription drugs to Florida as a way to cut health care costs. Gov. Ron DeSantis said that he wants to create an importation program that brings Canadian prescription drugs to the Sunshine State.


Two endangered Florida panthers found dead just days apart, wildlife officials say

Two Florida panthers were found dead days apart from each other, state wildlife officials said. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said Tuesday that a 2-year-old male was found dead off of Golden Gate Boulevard in Collier County. It was struck and killed by a


Israel's first lunar lander launched into space from Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel’s first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to ever to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon’s surface.


Disney World Is Offering Huge Discounts to Florida Residents — Here’s How to Save

There’s officially one more reason why living close to Disney World makes you the luckiest person on earth. According to the Disney website, Florida residents can cash in on an exclusive deal to enjoy three days at the park for only $175 through the "Discover Disney" ticket special.


Suspect in deadly South Beach fatal shooting surrenders

The suspect in Saturday night’s fatal shooting in the middle of South Beach’s busiest tourist area surrendered to Miami Beach officers Thursday, police said. Alan Michael Alt, 33, is suspected of killing a 32-year-old man Saturday night at 14th Street and Collins Avenue, one block from Ocean Drive a


Republican Candidate at Center of Fraud Inquiry Calls for New Congressional Election in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina whose campaign funded an illegal voter-turnout operation, on Thursday called for a new election.


Winter escapees gain new direct flights to Key West from Chicago and Philadelphia

The first direct flights to Key West from Chicago and Philadelphia arrived Saturday, where passengers were greeted with hats and a water canon salute. American Airlines now operates nonstop round-trip flights from Key West International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Philadelphi


Dermatologists raise concerns over movement to ban sunscreen for environmental reasons

(CNN) – Key West, FL, is the latest city to ban certain sunscreens with chemicals that could harm coral reefs. The state of Hawaii passed a similar measure last year. The Key West measure to ban the sale of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate won’t go into effect until 2021