6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Wednesday, July 3

What to Know

  • It’s Wednesday, July 3rd – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

It’s Wednesday, July 3rd – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, the heat and drier conditions stick around across South Florida with high temperatures forecasted for the mid-90s ahead of what looks to be the same conditions for Independence Day.

No. 1 – A prominent South Florida lawmaker has joined the growing chorus of politicians calling for the closure of a immigration detention center in Homestead.

Rep. Frederica Wilson says she was disturbed by what she saw and didn't see after visiting the facility on Tuesday.

No. 2 - Letters written by South Florida school kids for the children at the migrant detention facility in Homestead were rejected by the workers running the facility, according to the Miami-Dade teachers union president.

United Teachers of Dade president Karla Hernandez-Mats said she thought getting a letter from the outside was completely harmless and would be an inspiration for the 2,700 youngsters inside the facility. Hernandez-Mats said students had been asked to write the letters shortly before school ended for the summer for the children at the camp.

No. 3 - Firefighters spent much of Tuesday night battling a massive fire at a pet cemetery in northwest Miami-Dade, but thankfully no one was hurt.

Crews were called out after 9:30 p.m. to 10901 West Flagler Street, the address of a pet cremation center called The Pet Loss Center. They arrived to find flames coming from the roof of the structure, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials.

No. 4 - Days after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday started the process of printing the questionnaire without the controversial query.

Trump administration attorneys notified parties in lawsuits challenging the question that the printing of the hundreds of millions of documents for the 2020 counts would be starting, said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

No. 5 - A former New York City police detective who fought until his final days for the extension of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund is being remembered Wednesday with a funeral service in Queens.

The funeral ceremony for Detective Luis Alvarez, 53, is being held at Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria, New York. Alvarez died Saturday in a hospice center in Rockville Centre, New York, after a three-year battle with colorectal cancer he attributed his illness to the three months he spent digging through rubble after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

No. 6 - A South Florida couple who lost everything in a house fire is getting some much-needed help thanks to kind-hearted community leaders and business owners in Broward County who saw their story on NBC 6.

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