FAMU TO ANNOUNCE DATE OF BAND RETURN
Florida A&M University is going to announce the date of the return of the Marching 100. FAMU lifted the suspension of the famed band earlier this summer. But school officials are waiting until Thursday to announce the date of the first performance of the reconstituted band. There are signs that the band may make its comeback at the opening football game of the season being held in Orlando.
FIVE MORE CHARGED IN SOUTH FLORIDA INVESTMENT FRAUDS
Five more people have recently been charged in South Florida with investment or securities fraud, bringing the total to 153 since authorities began a crackdown in late 2010. Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said Wednesday that the Southern District of Florida from Fort Pierce to Key West ranks first nationally in the number of people charged during that time frame.
PROTECTIONS PROPOSED FOR TWO RARE FLORIDA BUTTERFLIES
Federal wildlife officials have proposed listing two butterflies found only in South Florida as endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that the Florida leafwing and Bartram's scrub-hairstreak should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also has proposed designating more than 17,000 acres of critical habitat for both butterflies.
FWC: PUBLIC TO REPORT RARE SNAKE SIGHTINGS
Wildlife officials want the public to report any sightings of rare snakes, which can help with research in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking residents and visitors to notify biologists of three rare, nonvenomous snake species: Florida pine snake, southern hognose snake and short-tailed snake.
FLORIDA LEGISLATORS VOTE DOWN SPECIAL SESSION
Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature is coming out solidly against a special session to repeal the state's ``stand your ground law.'' The Department of State on Wednesday released a list that showed more than half of the state's 160-member Legislature has already voted against the idea.
12-YEAR-OLD GIRL SHOT AND KILLED IN MIAMI GARDENS HOME
A 12-year-old girl was killed and her grandmother wounded after someone opened fire on their Miami Gardens home late Wednesday.
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