Dozens Arrested In Brevard County Drug Sting
(Sharpes, FL) -- Dozens are facing charges after what the sheriff calls the largest drug bust in Brevard County history. Sheriff Wayne Ivey announced more than 50 arrests yesterday after a six-month investigation, and about 40 more suspects are wanted. The bust yielded 100-thousand-dollars' worth of fentanyl, which Ivey says is enough to kill everyone in the county. Seventy-five guns were also seized along with other drugs and 100-thousand dollars cash.
Capitol Police Called As Protesters Disrupt Proceedings
(Tallahassee, FL) -- A bill one critic calls the "most hateful legislation ever" is a step closer to becoming law. That man was one of about a dozen protesters who were removed from the Capitol gallery yesterday for disrupting a debate on a sanctuary city bill. One protester was taken into custody. The bill passed the House and now goes to the Senate.
UCF Slighted In New Florida Budget
(Orlando, FL) -- While several colleges are getting millions of dollars of increased funding in the new state budget, the University of Central Florida is not among them. The decision on what to give to the Orlando university comes after a well publicized admission of misspending state funds. In light of the scandal, UCF's president, board of trustees chairman and five top staffers resigned or were forced out.
Fisherman Fined After Social Media Post
(Pensacola, FL) -- A social media post has an Escambia County fisherman in trouble. An unidentified man apparently posted a picture of himself holding two gag grouper recently, but those fish were out of season at the time the picture was taken. FWC law enforcement tracked down the man and issued a citation. The FWC also announced it recently charged two men for catching red snapper out of season.
Tropical Storm System Could Form
(Orlando, FL) -- The start of hurricane season is a month away, but there are already concerns about a system developing over the Bahamas. The National Weather Service says no development is expected right away, but there is a 20-percent chance that a tropical or subtropical system could form over the next five days. Regardless of whether it forms, heavy rains from the system may well end up in Florida.
Indian Army Reports "Yeti" Footprints
(Kathmandu) -- Officials in India are making headlines after their discovery of some very large footprints in the Himalayas. Indian military officials posted pictures of the 32-inch footprints on Twitter Monday, claiming they appear to belong the legendary ape-like beast known as a yeti. The officials say the footprints were found near a base camp in early April. A spokesman for India's defense ministry says the pictures were taken by the army's mountaineering team, and have been passed on to the scientific community for verification.
Drone Delivers Life Saving Organ
(Baltimore, MD) -- A custom-made drone is making history with a life-saving delivery. For the first time anywhere in the world a drone delivered a donated organ for a waiting recipient. This successful test flight was only three miles but it was, what a team at the University of Maryland calls, a crucial step in the efforts to speed up delivery of donated organs. The team's leader, Dr. Joseph R. Scalea [[ skuh - LEE - uh ]] with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, reportedly pursued this project because he's been frustrated many times over organs taking too long getting to his patients.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the wake of South Africa's first democratic elections.
1966, Tom Brokaw made his debut as news anchor of NBC-owned KNBC in Los Angeles. He would later move on to jobs as White House correspondent, "Today" show co-host and finally, lead anchor of the "NBC Nightly News."