Broward County

Jenny Staletovich / WLRN

To end its losing battle to block oil exploration in Everglades wetlands, Florida plans to purchase 20,000 acres in Broward County.

A 10-day competition to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in South Florida begins Friday, Jan. 10. 

homeless
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale and Broward County were named in the top 'largely suburban' communities in the country last year for the number of people experiencing homelessness, the chronically homless, and homeless veterans. 

That's according to the newly released report from the U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development. 

Lou Toman / Sun Sentinel

Broward County’s emergency communications system needs to be upgraded to avoid a repeat of problems that hurt response efforts to mass shootings in Parkland and the Fort Lauderdale airport.

But not everyone has welcomed these radio towers to their neighborhood.

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

On an afternoon in November, 17 people from across Miami-Dade County gathered in a Miami courtroom to have their voting rights restored. The hearing would be an early indication that party politics are playing a role in how a controversial state law is being rolled out.

ROBERTO KOLTUN / EL Nuevo Herald

If you don't want to drive — or find parking — for New Year's Eve celebrations, South Florida's public transit systems have some options for you.

Palm Beach County

Sun Sentinel via press pool / WLRN

The confessed Parkland shooter was back in a Broward County courtroom Thursday afternoon for his last scheduled hearing of 2019. He wore large glasses and sat with his attorneys in the courtroom.

Nikolas Cruz's trial will not begin in January of 2020 as it was scheduled to. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer postponed the start of the trial until at least the summer of 2020.

Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel

Broward County rose as an example of flawed emergency communications, under-reported student issues and last-second scrambles to comply with statewide school-safety laws in a statewide grand jury report released late Wednesday.

The 18-page report zeroes in on Broward County while suggesting recommendations for districts statewide. It strikes an incredulous tone in its blast of of slow-to-comply school districts.

“There is no conceivable set of circumstances,” the report said, “that any Florida school, charter or not, should be unprepared to comply.”

DONNA E. NATALE PLANAS / Miami Herald file photo

National civil rights and immigration lawyers are calling on state and federal officials to mandate complete oversight of all adult immigration detention facilities in Florida following a scathing report by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Americans for Immigrant Justice released Monday.

The 104-page report highlights “substandard” conditions at Florida’s four adult detention centers — Krome Service Processing Center South Miami-Dade, Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach, Monroe County Detention Center in Key West and Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven, Fla.

Nikolas Cruz
The Sun Sentinel via press pool / WLRN

The confessed Parkland shooter was in a Broward County courtroom Tuesday for a hearing. 

 

Miami Herald

One man was wounded by police gunfire about 1 a.m. Sunday after leading officers on a chase along Interstate 95 and through the streets of Hallandale Beach and Hollywood, police say.

The man is expected to survive, but the police-involved shooting took place just three days after an armada of cops pursued a hijacked UPS truck from Coral Gables to Broward County. That police chase ended with a shootout in Miramar that left four dead.

Sunday’s police chase ended at a gas station across the street from Hollywood City Hall, waking some residents in a neighborhood nearby.

EMILY MICHOT / Miami Herald

In the text of the ordinance authorizing a needle exchange in Broward County, commissioners ticked off a list of alarming public health statistics: 1,642 opioid overdoses in 2017, more than 21,000 people living with HIV, 387 heroin- and fentanyl-related deaths in 2018.

Needle exchanges are designed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases among drug users by providing clean syringes and help reverse opioid overdoses by distributing naloxone directly to people who use drugs, as well as offering them access to other services like testing for hepatitis.

A Chinese businesswoman who was incarcerated for eight months for trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club was transferred Wednesday from a federal lockup to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation to China.

Yujing Zhang, 33, was moved to the Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven after being held at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Broward County following her sentencing last week, according to an ICE website.

It was not clear when Zhang, who faces a removal proceeding, would be deported to China.

Lazy Lake
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The Broward County Office Of The Inspector General has closed its most recent inquiry into the smallest municipality in the county: The Village of Lazy Lake.

The Village of 15 houses is surrounded by Wilton Manors - and has a history of experiencing election issues.

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