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Northeast Florida high school scores for Wednesday, Feb. 13

BISHOP KENNY (42): Buckley 7, Ryno 8, Semple 13, Tucker 4, Gallaher 8, Larmoyeux 2. RIBAULT (24): Clements 9, Waters 8, Kirby 4, Norman 3. 3-pointers: Bishop Kenny 4 (Buckley 2, Gallaher 2), Ribault 1 (Clements 1).


Florida boy, 11, arrested after refusing to recite ‘racist’ Pledge of Allegiance: report

A Florida middle school student was arrested earlier this month after allegedly getting into a confrontation with school officials and a law enforcement officer following reports that he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.


FL JUCO: Capital City Classic - Scout Notebook

PALATKA, FL - Over the week St. Johns River State hosted the 2019 Capital City Bank Classic. This round robin event featured: St. Johns River State, Northwest Florida State, Miami Dade, Broward College, Gulf Coast State, and Florence-Darlington Tech.


Florida man gets $980,000 tax refund, feds say he shouldn't have

Tampa,Fla (WFLA) - A Florida man received a huge IRS refund by falsely claiming he paid $1 million in taxes, authorities said Friday. According to NBC News, the IRS has recouped much of the $980,000 refund from Tampa resident Ramon Blanchett, who prosecutors said lied on his 2016 tax return.


St. Augustine police say DUI driver hit 7 cars, pushed 1 into hotel

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A man was arrested on a driving under the influence charge after the St. Augustine Police Department say he hit seven cars, pushing one into the Bayfront Inn early Saturday morning.


Fishing with the Pros in Palatka

Palatka, Fla. (WCJB) Imagine telling your family and friends you won 100 thousand dollars on a 4-day fishing trip. That's what one professional angler is going to be able to say this weekend.


Florida Senator Darryl Rouson got $1 million in state budget for his wife’s employer

ST. PETERSBURG — Florida Sen. Darryl Rouson sought $1.7 million in the state budget two years ago for a daycare center associated with his church. He eventually got it $1 million.


72-year-old Clunn repeats as Bassmaster on the St. Johns champ

PALATKA — After becoming the oldest angler ever to win a Bassmaster Elite Series event in 2016 on the St. Johns River, Rick Clunn provided one of the most famous quotes in professional bass fishing history: “Never accept that all of your best moments are in your past.” On Sunday, he accomplished ano


Florida inmates help rescue baby locked in car

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Locking your keys in the car, we've all done it. But, for one Florida father, the urgency to get back in his SUV was all the more dire because his one-year-old daughter was locked inside.


US military planes from Florida land near Venezuela border with aid

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The U.S. Air Force began flying tons of aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border on Saturday as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolas Maduro and back his rival to leadership of the South American nation.


Palatka mother battling terminal cancer accomplishes dying wish

PALATKA, Fla. - A Palatka mother of five is not letting terminal cancer stop her from continuing her education and setting an example for her children. Allanious Fuqua, 32, has led a courageous battle with breast cancer, not once but twice.


These 5 Florida Companies Are Nation's Best To Work For: Fortune

WESTON, FL — Hilton is America's best company to work for in 2019, according to Fortune's annual list released on Thursday. The Virginia-based company jumped to the No. 1 spot in 2019 after placing No.33 on the list in 2018. Fortune writes that the company's ascent is thanks to several employee-focu


JASON BLAKENEY: A young girl wants to learn about Florida

Earlier this week, a letter to the editor came in that made me smile. A young lady from California was looking for help. Usually, I keep letters local. I don’t even like to include letters from the Pensacola area because so little of our readership resides in Escambia County.


Florida Italian restaurant employee infected with Hepatitis A

A worker at an Italian restaurant in a Miami hotel has tested positive for Hepatitis A, according to Florida's Department of Health. The employee worked at Primo's Italian Kitchen & Bar, located inside the DoubleTree Grand Hotel in Biscayne Bay, sometime between Jan. 26 to Feb. 7. and officials warn


Humans: The most ‘harmful invasive’ of all? Human waste adds millions of pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen to Florida’s ecosystems

OKEECHOBEE — For decades, South Florida has been plagued by harmful invasive plants and animals that wreak havoc on the native ecosystems. Waterways are choked with hydrilla, originally imported from Asia for aquariums. Melaleuca, imported from Australia in a misguided plan to “drain the swamp,” gro


Florida motorcyclist dies after falling 100 feet off interstate in hit-and-run

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man was killed Friday when the motorcycle he was driving on an interstate highway clipped a motorcycle in front of him, sending him over a concrete barrier and 100 feet to his death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.


Fireball streaking over Florida was a large meteor, experts say

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Experts say a fireball streaking across the night sky over central Florida this week was a large meteor. Spalding Allsky Camera Network Director Dwayne Free says the meteor was up to a foot wide and exploded over the Atlantic Ocean with a force equal to 100 tons of TNT.


BREAKING NEWS: Passenger attempts to breach security at Orlando International Airport, officials say

ORLANDO, Fla. - A passenger attempted to breach security at a TSA checkpoint at Orlando International Airport, an airport spokesperson said. UPDATE 1:50 p.m. EST: Orlando police said a subject has been arrested after an attempted security breach at Orlando International Airport on Saturday. The airp


Florida runner attacked by 80-pound dog near half-marathon's end

Julie Stackhouse, 40, was in third place and a mile away from finishing the Donna Half-Marathon race in Atlantic Beach, Florida, when a bull-terrier mix aggressively attacked and latched on before she got away. Still dripping with blood and adrenaline, she managed to finish the Feb. 10 race, but pas


South Florida cop accused of selling police-issued weapons, laser sights to pawn shop

A South Florida officer has been arrested after department brass accused him of selling two police-issued weapons and other police equipment to a pawn shop. Hallandale Beach cop Yan Kleyman, 33, was arrested Friday on a charge of dealing stolen property, according to reports.