6 Things to Know – Senate Panel Wants Scott Israel Out, NTSB Talks FIU Bridge Collapse

What to Know

  • It’s Tuesday, October 22nd – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

It’s Tuesday, October 22nd – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

No. 1 – Weather wise, steamy, sticky - whatever word you want to use, it's going to be a hot Tuesday across South Florida with rain chances scattered throughout the week. Keep your NBC 6 app handy for First Alert Doppler 6000 and push alerts of any severe weather.

No. 2 - The tragedy of the Parkland school massacre framed a developing political drama in Florida's capital, as a divided legislative panel on Monday sided with Governor Ron DeSantis in removing Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, who is accused of mishandling the response to the shooting that killed 17 people.

The mostly party line vote by Florida's Senate Rules Committee sends the matter to the full chamber, which is expected to consider it Wednesday.

No. 3 - The death of an off-duty Coral Springs firefighter at a Lauderdale-by-the-Sea hotel over the weekend is now being investigated as a homicide, investigators said Monday.

The body of 39-year-old Christopher Randazzo was found early Saturday at the Southern Seas on the Ocean Hotel on El Mar Drive early Saturday after deputies responded to a medical call. Officials haven't said how Randazzo died.

No. 4 - On Tuesday, the public is expected to hear an objective opinion from the National Transportation Safety Board, which has reviewed and tested vast amounts of evidence from the failure, including interviews with some key players in the tragic bridge collapse near the campus of FIU.

The NTSB, at a public hearing at its Washington, DC, headquarters, is also expected to issue recommendations designed to prevent what happened last year from ever happening again.

No. 5 - William Taylor has emerged as an unlikely central player in the events that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

The former Army officer is scheduled to testify behind closed doors Tuesday in an inquiry trying to determine if Trump committed impeachable offenses by pressing the president of Ukraine into pursuing information that could help his campaign as Trump withheld military aid to the Eastern European country.

No. 6 – A disaster declaration for Florida in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, meaning that federal funding is now available to eligible state and local governments, as well as certain nonprofits.

The statement says funding is available for at least 12 counties on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and repairs or replacements of facilities damaged by the storm between Aug. 28 and Sept. 9.

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