DeSantis To Announce Members Of Reopening Task Force
(Tallahassee, FL) -- We'll find out today who the governor will listen to when it comes to reopening the economy. Governor Ron DeSantis said this weekend he's forming a task force that will advise him on how to get back to normal. The members of the task force will be announced today. DeSantis said the members will include small business owners, elected officials and others.
Tornado Watch In Effect
(Norman, OK) -- Northeast Florida is in store for some severe weather. The National Weather Service has a Tornado Watch in effect until 11:00 this morning. The counties affected include Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau.
Protesters Want South Florida Reopened
(Miami, FL) -- People who are tired of staying at home are making their voices heard. A group called Liberate South Florida took to the streets yesterday to call for local governments to reopen. Rallies were held in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, and other rallies were held around the country. A Hollywood woman told Local 10 News safer-at-home orders are having a devastating effect on families across the state.
State Leaders Urged To Help Unemployed
(Hialeah, FL) -- The unemployed are calling for change to what they say is a rigged system. A protest was held yesterday in Hialeah at the office of State Rep. and House Speaker Jose Oliva. They're demanding the state lift the maximum amount of money they can receive in benefits.They also want a more efficient system that will pay them quicker. A union official tells CBS 4 News families are in a desperate crisis to get food and life saving medicine.
Couple Holds Wedding Amidst Coronavirus
(Jacksonville, FL) -- It takes more than a pandemic to stop a Jacksonville couple from saying 'I do.' Will Stross and Staci Beigner got married this weekend in a ceremony much different than the one they imagined. Instead of over a hundred guests at Club Continental in Orange Park, they exchanged vows in front of about a dozen people wearing masks in Staci's mom's backyard. Staci tells the Times-Union despite the unusual circumstances, it was really nice to have a small, intimate environment with just close family and friends.
Murder Suspect Arrested At Jacksonville Beach
(Jacksonville, FL) -- A trip to the beach has a fugitive behind bars in Duval County. Jacksonville Beach Police yesterday found murder suspect Mario Gatti enjoying the sun, and the 30-year-old was taken into custody. He was wanted for a murder in Pennsylvania three months ago.
Uber Driver Gives Back After Inspiring Ride
(Memphis, TN) -- A ride a Tennessee Uber driver gave last month has encouraged her to continue to give back. Uber driver Tammy Rivera told People Magazine one of her passengers last month was a nurse who complained of being hungry after working an overnight shift. Rivera says their conversation inspired her to raise money to buy meals for medical staff members working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through posting on different social media groups, Rivera has raised over 12-thousand dollars for food. On Thursday, she made her 27th food delivery.
Grocery Store Charges Man Over 11 Thousand Dollars For Groceries
(Chicago, IL) -- A Chicago man looking to see if his stimulus check had come in, found out his bank account is now empty. Nick Blanusha went to pick up his 91-dollar curbside grocery order at Mariano's last week, and it wasn't until he got home he realized there had been a mistake. He had been charged 11-thousand-500-dollars. Mariano's grocery store issued a statement saying they will refund the outstanding amount and cover any overdraft fees the charge possibly caused. Store managers say Blanusha will be left with an empty bank account for up to five days while the refund processes.
Study: Testicles Could Make Men More Vulnerable To COVID-19
(Undated) -- Men could be more prone to suffer longer, more dangerous cases of the coronavirus because of their testicles. A new study in MedRxix, a journal that publishes non-peer-reviewed research, shows there is a possible gender disparity in recovery times for COVID-19 due to the male reproductive organs. Research indicates this is because the virus attaches itself to a protein that occurs in large quantities within the testicles. Because testicles are more cut off from the immune system, men are likely to deal with harsher cases of the disease. Other studies suggest men make take two days longer than women on average to recover also because they tend to smoke, have high blood pressure and heart disease at higher rates than women. The studied protein is present in the lungs, the gastrointestinal tract and the heart as well.
TODAY IN HISTORY, April 20:
2016, ESPN fired former MLB All-Star Curt Schilling after sharing an offensive post on Facebook over the North Carolina "bathroom law."
2016, the Treasury Department announced that Harriet Tubman will be on the front of the new 20 dollar bill. That would move former President Andrew Jackson to the back of the bill. Tubman was a noted African-American abolitionist and humanitarian in the Civil War era.
1999, two teenage gunmen opened fire on students and teachers at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado killing 13 people before turning their guns on themselves.
1961, the Federal Communications Commission approved F-M Stereo broadcasting. It now accounts for more than 80-percent of all radio listening around the country.
1853, Harriet Tubman started her Underground Railroad, helping slaves to freedom.