Florence To Impact Coast (Melbourne, FL) -- While Florida won't get a direct hit, we'll still feel the impact of Hurricane Florence. As it approaches the Carolinas this week, the National Weather Service says the storm will create hazardous surf conditions, including life-threatening rip currents.
There's also the potential for beach erosion. Florence is currently a Category One hurricane, but it's expected to become a Category Four.
State To Appeal Judge's Ruling On Ballot Issues (Tallahassee, FL) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is appealing a Tallahassee judge's ruling striking three constitutional amendments from the November ballot.
In her ruling, Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers said amendments 7, 9 and 11 improperly bundled unrelated issues. The News Service of Florida reports Bondi filed a notice of appeal at the 1st District Court of Appeal, triggering an automatic stay of the judge's ruling.
Man Drowns At Volusia County Beach (New Smyrna Beach, FL) -- A man is dead after drowning at a Volusia County beach. It happened yesterday afternoon in New Smyrna Beach near Atlantic Ave. Edgewater 64-year-old Steven Kolaczewski was unconscious when he was pulled from the water and pronounced dead at the hospital.
Beach Safety Ocean Rescue says there was an elevated rip current risk yesterday, and 13 people had to be rescued.
Woman Sexually Battered On Beach (Daytona Beach, FL) -- There will be more security at Volusia County beaches after two scary incidents. A woman this weekend became the second in less than two weeks to be sexually battered while at the beach.
It happened early Saturday morning in Daytona Beach near Highway A-One-A and Sunbreeze Boulevard and involved a 33-year-old woman. Sheriff Mike Chitwood says deputies will have a more visible presence at the beach, and he urges women not to walk alone on the beach at night.
Fatal Train Collision In Seminole County (Longwood, FL) -- A man is dead after getting hit by a train in Seminole County. It happened yesterday morning in Longwood near Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Longwood Lake Mary Road.
FHP says Longwood 53-year-old Mane Yee was walking along the tracks when he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train. The conductor sounded his whistle and horn to warn Yee, but FHP says Yee never moved out of the way.
Report Says More Baby Boomers And Gen Xers Are Smoking Weed (Undated) -- A report says more Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are smoking marijuana. Researchers published a report in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence finding that nine percent of people aged 50-64 used marijuana in the past year.
That's double the amount in the same age group in 2006. Researchers say more relaxed attitudes may be encouraging older people to try the drug. The report also finds that marijuana users are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and abuse drugs.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1999, thirty years after the Supreme Court implemented busing as a means of achieving racial balance in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system in North Carolina, a federal judge ruled to end the busing practice.
1993, "The X-Files" debuted on the Fox network.
1991, the Senate Judiciary Committee opened their hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court.
1963, twenty-three African-American students entered public schools in Tuskegee, Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama. One week earlier, Alabama Governor George Wallace surrounded the schools with state troopers in an attempt to block integration.
1955, "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS Television. The show starred James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon.
1608, John Smith was elected council president of the Jamestown colony in what is now Virginia.