It’s Wednesday, September 9th - and NBC 6 has the top stories for the day.
No. 1 - An Amber Alert was issued for a 10-year-old girl who went missing from Miami over the weekend.
Randi Canion was last seen around 11 p.m. Saturday in the area of North Bayshore Drive and 78th Street, Miami Police officials said. Canion is 5-foot-3 and about 140 pounds. The Amber Alert said she may be in a white van with an unidentified man. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Miami Police Department at 305-603-6300 or 305-579-6111.
No. 2- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the state's Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) completed necessary changes on Tuesday in order to begin paying the Federal Lost Wages Assistance Program to eligible Floridians.
The program provides an additional $300 weekly benefit for those who qualify. Funds for the program come from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Those who receive less than $100 in unemployment benefits do not qualify for the additional assistance. The Department of Economic Opportunity says the funds will be provided to "eligible Floridians for weeks ending August 1, August 8 and August 15, 2020."
No. 3 - A Miami-Dade County jail is facing potential legal action after two transgender women said they were mistreated and humiliated at the jail following their arrests at a Black Lives Matter rally.
Cellphone video from July shows Viola with their friends at the protest. But that empowering experience escalated into something more humiliating and degrading. The trio said officers started using excessive force and Viola was pushed to the ground and tackled by two officers. Dramatic video shows the moment things took at turn at the protest. To see the video and hear what the women had to say, click here for the story from NBC 6 reporter Jamie Guirola.
No. 4 - Jared McCall and his wife, Alexis Berger, moved to Florida last year. McCall says after months of working in the state, he became unemployed due to the pandemic.
He says he applied for unemployment benefits in Florida but was denied. He says he applied for benefits with the New York State Department of Labor and was approved for both state unemployment and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. In total, he says $9,216 was deposited into the couple’s Chase Bank account. But McCall says soon after the deposit, his debit card stopped working. To hear why and how the problem was solved, click here for a report from NBC 6 consumer investigator Sasha Jones.
No. 5 - In early August, videos showing hundreds of dead fish washing up near the Venetian Causeway in Miami began circulating online.
The fish were coming from the area's most iconic body of water, Biscayne Bay. Preliminary investigations found that a combination of low oxygen levels in parts of the water, along with high water temperatures caused the week-long fish kill. However, scientists say the tidal wave of dead fish was a symptom of a larger issue the bay has been experiencing for decades. To read more about this issue, click here for the story from the NBC 6 digital team how the bay has reached its ‘tipping point’.
No. 6 - Weatherwise, rain chances pick up Wednesday afternoon across South Florida while more of the wet weather could be sticking around this weekend. Keep your NBC 6 app handy for push alerts on any severe weather as well as First Alert Doppler 6000.