FLORIDA DEPUTY FINDS $700K IN COCAINE AFLOAT IN OCEAN
A South Florida deputy has found cocaine worth an estimated $700,000 floating in the ocean off Dania Beach. The Broward Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that the marine patrol Deputy James "Brad" Lemieux spotted what appeared to be a burlap bag about a mile offshore on Sunday. Inside the bag were 25 individually wrapped, 1-kilogram bricks of what field tests confirmed was cocaine.
SURVEY SAYS FLORIDA ADDED NEARLY 17,000 JOBS IN SEPTEMBER
Florida is continuing to add thousands of private sector jobs a new employment survey says. Payroll provider ADP reported Thursday that the state added 16,640 private sector jobs during the month of September. ADP's survey is separate from the one that is conducted by government agencies.
CITRUS FORECAST DELAYED DUE TO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's anticipated initial citrus forecast has been delayed until President Barack Obama and congressional leaders resolve their federal budget impasse. The forecast was supposed to come out on Friday but is delayed because of the partial government shutdown.
JURORS TO GET ALLIED VETERANS CASE
Jurors will begin deliberations after receiving jury instructions in the trial of an attorney accused of helping to build a multimillion-dollar network of storefront casinos throughout Florida under the guise of a veterans' charity. Jurors at Kelly Mathis' trial on Thursday were hearing closing rebuttal arguments from prosecutors before being instructed in the law.
NEW LICENSE-FREE SALTWATER FISHING DAY SATURDAY
The first of four license-free fishing days is this Saturday. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced this week the new day - Saturday - when the requirement to have a recreational saltwater fishing license is waived. All other regulations such as seasons, size limits and bag limits still apply.
FIRE RIPS THROUGH MIAMI STRIP MALL
One business was destroyed and three others were damaged when a fire ripped through a strip mall in Miami. One firefighter fell halfway through the roof but was pulled to safety by fellow firefighters.