Hospital Bill Passes Senate Committee
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Polk County hospital officials are worried about a new bill making its way through Tallahassee. A state senate committee, yesterday, passed a bill that would allow hospitals to open without having to get a certificate of need from the state. Lakeland Regional Health CEO Elaine Thompson believes the bill will hurt older hospitals like hers. She tells the Orlando Sentinel new hospitals could take away some of LRH's patients, which could hurt her hospital's efforts to provide care for those who can't pay.
Cruise Ship Damaged By Crane
(Port Canaveral, FL) -- Eight people are hurt after an accident involving a cruise ship based in Brevard County. While the Royal Caribbean Oasis-of-the-Seas was dry-docked in the Bahamas yesterday it was hit by a crane. None of the injuries are life-threatening and there's no word on if the damage to the ship will affect its future schedule. The Oasis-of-the-Seas is based in Port Canaveral and it's one of the world's largest cruise ships with a capacity of more than six thousand passengers.
School Employee Accused Of ID Theft
(Plantation, FL) -- A Broward County school employee is accused of stealing the identities of some coworkers. Lauderdale Lakes 34-year-old Christopher Barker was arrested recently for stealing the identities of 19 people, including at least five district employees. Barker works in security at South Plantation High School, and investigators believe he used the job as a means to get the personal information of his alleged victims.
K9 Titan Has Uncertain Future In Law Enforcement
(St. Petersburg, FL) -- In a follow-up from yesterday, a police K9 may have to leave law enforcement after a shooting. St. Petersburg K9 Titan is recovering well from last week's shooting, but police say his injuries might prevent him from ever being a police dog again. Titan was shot in the leg while chasing a suspect who later committed suicide. Police tell 10News if the damage to his leg is permanent, Titan could be forced into retirement.They won't know for sure for another couple months.
Gas Station Accused Of Mixing Fuel Grades
(Hudson, FL) -- Mad is an understatement when it comes to how one driver feels about a Pasco County gas station. William Traub says his car brioke down after filling up at a Shell station in Hudson.His mechanic told him the problem was a mix of diesel fuel and regular fuel. Traub tells News Channel 8 he wants the gas station to pay for his repairs, but, so far, he feels like he's being ignored.
Students Shut Down School's WiFi
(Secaucus, NJ) -- The WiFi is back on at Secaucus High School in New Jersey after two students shut the connection down to avoid taking a test. A pair of ninth graders are facing charges of computer criminal activity and conspiracy to commit computer criminal activity after purportedly hacking into the school's Internet on several occasions last month. Their actions stopped teachers from giving tests or teaching lessons that required a web connection. The 14-year-olds were arrested last Thursday.
Man Discovers Crocodile Under His Bed
(Gujarat, India) -- An Indian man might have some serious nightmares after discovering a crocodile under his bed. The farmer was awakened by barking dogs in the middle of the night.He checked under his bed and found an eight-foot croc. Forest department officials later came and coaxed the reptile into a cage before releasing it into a nearby lake. They say the crocodile was a pregnant female looking for a safe place to lay her eggs.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2018, Astronomers said they spotted the most distant star ever observed that is nine-billion light-years from Earth. The star is nicknamed Icarus.
2009, disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich [[ bla-GOYA-vich ]] was indicted by a federal grand jury. He was charged with 16 felony counts for allegedly trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama following his presidential election victory.
1992, John Gotti was convicted of murder and racketeering.
1902, the Electric Theater opened in Los Angeles. It was the first full-time movie theater in the U.S.
1792, Congress authorized the first United States mint be located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.