6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Wednesday, April 24

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  • It’s Wednesday, April 24th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for the day.

It’s Wednesday, April 24th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, the milder conditions stick around for another day as the humidity is forecasted to go up starting Thursday ahead of wet weather starting Friday.

No. 1 - Ron McCord is living his worst nightmare. His wife of five years, Jennifer Muñoz Cadavid, died over the weekend after a boat she was on crashed on the Government Cut jetty.

"I just feel so lonely," McCord said in an interview only with NBC 6. Muñoz was missing for more than 24 hours after the crash. Officials found the 28-year-old's decomposing body just a few blocks away from the scene.

No. 2 - The Broward Sheriff's deputies seen on videos showing a teen being thrown to the ground and punched have been suspended, the sheriff said.

The announcement comes just hours after the news that Sgt. Gregory LaCerra was placed on restricted duty, and days after Deputy Christopher Krickovich was also placed on restricted duty following the April 18 encounter in a McDonald's parking lot with students from J.P. Taravella High School in Tamarac.

No. 3 - Authorities have arrested nearly 40 people and seized firearms, large amounts of drugs and thousands of dollars in cash as a result of a narcotics investigation in Miami-Dade County.

"Operation Smoke" began as an effort to reduce gun violence in the community, Miami-Dade police said on Tuesday. Detectives later found numerous narcotics sales happening in the area were related to recent shootings and gang activity.

So far, investigators arrested nearly 40 people, served 14 search warrants and seized 19 firearms.

No. 4 - Texting while driving in Florida would become a primary traffic offense punishable by fines under legislation passed by the Florida House.

The vote was 104-9 Tuesday for the bill, which now goes to the Senate where a similar bill is set for debate Wednesday. Under current law, officers can only cite drivers for texting if they are pulled over for some other violation. The House-passed bill would allow officers to stop motorists simply for texting alone.

No. 5 - Many of the suicide bombers who killed more than 350 people in a series of coordinated Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka were highly educated and came from well-off families, the junior defense minister said Wednesday.

The bombers were breakaway members of a pair of obscure extremist Muslim groups, he said. The news came as the death toll rose to 359 and leaders vowed to overhaul the country's security apparatus after acknowledging that some intelligence units were aware of possible attacks before the Easter bombings.

No. 6 - The excitement of owning a new car wore off for one Miami man. Alan Kwoczka reached out to NBC 6 Responds after noticing the "Ebony Twilight" paint on his 2016 Buick Verano started to fade. For more on what took place, click on this link.

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