Federal Court Sides With State Of Florida (Tallahassee, FL) -- A federal appeals court is siding with the State of Florida. The state was given until Thursday to create new felon voting restoration rights after a judge determined the current method for restoring rights are arbitrary, open to racial or political bias, and unconstitutional. But Wednesday night an appeals court decided the current method of restoring ex-felons voting privileges can stay in place through November, while the original order is appealed.
Hendry County School Board Approves Arming School Staff (LaBelle, FL) -- Hendry County schools will be among the first in the state to take part in a controversial program. The district school board voted this week to allow some school staff members to be armed. The guardian program was created after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, but many districts have been reluctant to sign on. The sheriff's office will start conducting training in June, and the program should be implemented at the start of the next school year.
Accused School Shooter On FBI's Radar For Years (Ocala, FL) -- It appears that the accused Ocala school shooter was no stranger to law enforcement. FBI agents in San Francisco first became aware of 19-year-old Sky Bouche [[boo-shay]] five years ago when he posted comments on YouTube in favor of the Columbine shooting. Channel 9 reports their concerns were passed on to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, but it's not clear what happened after that. Bouche is accused of injuring a student in last week's shooting at Forest High School on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine attack.
Broward Sheriff: No Confidence Vote 'Inconsequential' (Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Isreal is reacting to a vote of "no confidence" by one of the unions representing deputies in his department. In a statement, Israel said he will continue to do what he was elected to do, which is to protect the county's nearly two-million people. He noted that he will not be distracted by what he called an "inconsequential" vote designed to extort a pay raise. Israel also said that those who participated in the balloting represent only a fraction of the department's 54-hundred employees. He says the unions representing the majority of the department's workers support his leadership.
Man Busted For Church Robbery (Fayette County, WV) -- A West Virginia man is behind bars after police say he robbed a church and was caught standing in the cemetery right next to the building. Deputies with the Fayette County sheriff's office say the Lookout Baptist Church pastor called for help this past Tuesday night after noticing a building had been broken into and some things were missing. Officers ran into the suspect while investigating and say it was 25-year-old Earl Stone, who was arrested in the graveyard and caught on surveillance video committing the crime.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2011, in an attempt to silence critics who continued to question his place of birth, President Obama posted a copy of his birth certificate on the White House website to prove that he was born in Hawaii and is indeed a United States citizen. AND SOME IN THE JURY ARE STILL OUT ON THE EVIDENCE
1965, R-C Duncan received a patent for "Pampers" brand disposable diapers. YOU’RE WELCOME
1946, the "S-S African Star" became the first commercial carrier ship to be equipped with radar.
1937, the nation's first Social Security checks were distributed.
1865, more than 14-hundred people were killed when the steamship "Sultana" exploded en route to Cairo, Illinois. "The Sultana" was carrying some 23-hundred passengers, many of whom were Union soldiers returning home after the Civil War.