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Teen dies after being shot at his 17th birthday party

<p>A teenager has died of his injuries after being shot at a house party celebrating his impending 17th birthday party in Pine Hills, deputies said.</p><p>Terrance Givens was shot Saturday night and died Sunday before he would have turned 17.</p><p>The party in the 2400 block of Kingsland Avenue near Silver Star Road in Orlando was to mark his Oct. 24 birthday.</p><p>The shooting was reported at 10:25 p.m. on Saturday.</p><p>Givens was standing on his front porch when he was shot, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.</p><p>"We thought it was fire crackers. I was at the next street. I couldn't get back in the house because the officers said it was like okay corral," said neighbor Myrl Washington. </p><p>Washington said she didn't know Givens too well but her heart goes out to the family.</p><p>"When I got ready for church yesterday the young man was crying on the porch and I asked him could I help him. I asked him how was the child doing and he said, my brother died this morning," said Washington.</p><p><img embed-content-articleid="undefined" embed-content-groupid="undefined" embed-content-id="485939656" embed-content-imgalign="left" embed-content-index="0" embed-content-type="PHOTO" src="" style="float: left; margin: 3px;" />An 18-year-old woman was also shot in the foot, but was later released after being treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center.</p><p>The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the boy suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound at his birthday party. He died of his injuries on Monday.</p><p>Detectives said there were 50 to 60 people at the party when the shooting occurred. Details about what led to the shooting, however, have not been released.</p><p>Orange county investigators were in the neighborhood Monday working to gather any evidence that may help in the case. </p><p>​Investigators collected a bullet that was in a car across the street from Givens home. </p><p>It's not known if the shooter knew the victims, and a description of the shooter has not been released.</p><p>Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.</p><p><em>Stay with News 6 and for updates on this story.</em></p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:49:39 GMT

Early voting starts strong in Central Florida

<p>Early voting began Monday in 50 counties, including the state's largest counties: Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange and Palm Beach. </p><p>In Orange County, voters lined up around the outside of the Supervisor of Elections' Office in Downtown Orlando to cast their ballots.</p><p>"Over a million voters have already cast their ballots and today 50 of the 67 counties are beginning early voting," Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles said. "Sixty-one thousand ballots have been returned. We sent out 207,000. Nov. 2 is the deadline [for mail-in ballots]."</p><p>Orange County has 17 early voting sites.</p><p><strong>[READ:  <a href="">2016 Florida Election Guide</a>]</strong></p><p>In Seminole County, cars circled the parking lot waiting for spots at the main branch library in Casselberry. The Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office lists the library as the busiest of its eight early-voting sites.</p><p>The Osceola County Supervisor of Elections Office in Kissimmee saw a steady stream of voters all day Monday.</p><p>"In Osceola County early voting is very popular - the past two presidential elections more people have voted early than on Election Day," Mary Jane Arrington, Osceola County elections supervisor, said.</p><p>"We processed a little over 1,500 voters in 3 hours... at 6 locations across the county," she said.</p><p>Arrington said she is expecting record turnout. In just the past 2 months, 15,000 people registered to vote in Osceola County.</p><p>"We have about 87,000 Democrats and 46,000 Republicans and almost 60,000 no party affiliation," said Arrington. "We have about 33 percent of our voters have chosen to be affiliated with no party and that is the largest in the state. We attribute that to our voters being younger and more ethnically mixed and those two groups tend to choose no party affiliation."</p><p>Hispanics make up 44 percent of registered voters in Osceola County, Arrington said. Forty-two percent are white, 9 percent are black, she said.</p><p>In 2012, President Obama won the Hispanic vote in Osceola County in a landslide.</p><p>The presidential and vice presidential candidates have made several stops in Central Florida over the past few months and are here again this week. Political pundits have predicted that as Osceola goes, the state and the nation will go.</p><p>Both candidates are sweeping through Florida this week in an effort to boost turnout among their supporters. Donald Trump will visit several cities over the next two days. Hillary Clinton will hold an early voting rally in Coconut Creek on Tuesday.</p><p>Polls have shown a tight race in the Sunshine State between Clinton and Donald Trump.</p><p>Nearly 1.2 million voters in Florida have already mailed in ballots. The state has nearly 13 million registered voters.</p><p>Election Day is Nov. 8.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:43:59 GMT

Sheriff warns parents about marijuana edibles this Halloween

<p>As Halloween approaches, officials are warning parents about the dangers of marijuana-laced candy and the dangers it could present if it ends up in the wrong hands.</p><p>Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings along with officials from Florida’s Poison Control Centers and Drug Free America Foundation Inc. held a press conference Monday morning in Orlando to discuss how authorities have seen more instances of children ingesting marijuana edibles in states where cannabis is legal.</p><p>The press conference was meant to provide parents with tips on how to keep their children safe this Halloween and to push Floridians to vote "no" on Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in the state.</p><p>Demings talked about what he calls the ill effects of legalizing the drug, including the promotion of different products in the pot industry.</p><p>"After other states approved legislation they saw a surge in marijuana edible products that are clearly attractive to children and that is what we're trying to prevent," Demings said.</p><p>He added that most children will grab and eat candy without noticing the warning label.<br /> <br /> <em>Check back with News 6 for more on this story. </em></p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:40:00 GMT

Preteens need only two rounds of HPV vaccine, CDC says

<p>Young people who get the human papillomavirus vaccine before turning 15 need only two doses, rather than three, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week.</p><p>It recommends that children ages 11 and 12 receive two doses of the HPV vaccine at least six months apart; 13- and 14-year-olds may also use this schedule. People who start the series at 15 through 26 still need three doses, it said.</p><p>HPV is a common virus that can affect anyone who is sexually active. It can result in HPV-related cancers, with cervical cancer most common among women and oropharyngeal cancers most common among men.</p><p>The vaccine is recommended routinely for women through the age of 26 and men through the age of 21, said Dr. Melinda Wharton, director of the CDC's Immunization Services Division. Gardasil 9, approved in 2014, prevents HPV types that cause cervical cancer, vaginal and vulvar cancer in females, anal and throat cancer in females and males, penile cancer in males and genital warts in males and females.</p><p>In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration licensed the HPV vaccine at three doses to be administered over six months. Additional studies since then showed that, for people ages 9 to 14, two doses of the vaccine can be just as effective.</p><p>The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reviewed clinical trial data that found two doses of the HPV vaccine in young adolescents ages 9 to 14 produced an immune response similar to or higher than that of young adults age 16 to 26 who received three doses.</p><p>"The immune response to the vaccine is better in the younger age groups than the older age groups," said Dr. Yvonne A. Maldonado, vice chairwoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases and professor of pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.</p><p>For people younger than 15, Wharton said, the second dose should be taken six to 12 months after the first.</p><p>"This allows families to have their child vaccinated at the annual visit, which should make it easier to complete these series," she said.</p><p>Maldonado predicts that a two-dose schedule, rather than three, will also make it easier to complete the series.</p><p>"Only 42% of teenage girls and 20% of teenage boys have gotten all three doses," she explained. "We know that the numbers would be higher for just one dose."</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:37:19 GMT

Trump walked off 1990 CNN interview

<p>Donald Trump made news last week when he abruptly walked away from two local television interviews after he was asked tough questions from reporters.</p><p>It's something Trump has done before. In a 1990 CNN interview reviewed by CNN's KFile, Trump walked off an interview when reporter Charles Feldman pressed him on questions over the financial stability of his Atlantic City casinos.</p><p>The interview took place in March 1990, just days before Trump's billion dollar Atlantic City casino, the Trump Taj Mahal, was set to open. A week prior, Trump had publicly lambasted Marvin Roffman, a financial analyst who predicted to the Wall Street Journal that Trump's new casino would not be able to survive.Trump immediately retaliated by threatening to sue Roffman's employer, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, unless he apologized or was fired.</p><p>"When this property opens, he will have had so much free publicity he will break every record in the books in April, June, and July," Roffman told the Journal. "But once the cold winds blow from October to February, it won't make it. The market just isn't there."</p><p>Within days of the Journal quote, Roffman was let go from his firm.</p><p>In the CNN interview, Feldman pressed Trump on some of the dire predictions being made about the casino. Trump dismissed the negative outlook.</p><p>"Most analysts believe it's going to be very successful, there are always going to be analysts who say, 'well, maybe not, who knows?'" Trump said. "I think it's going to be so beautiful a building, and it turned out to be so beautiful a building, that everybody is going to come. The world is coming to see the Taj Mahal."</p><p>Feldman pointed out that other analysts he had spoken to voiced similar concerns as Roffman, causing Trump to lash out at the reporter.</p><p>"You aren't going to talk about positive people. You'll talk about the negative. You want to talk about the negative."</p><p>After more back-and-forth about the tone of Feldman's questions, Trump announced the interview was over.</p><p>"Do the interview with somebody else. Really. You don't need this. Do it with somebody else. Have a good time. Frankly, you're a very negative guy, and I think it's very unfair reporting. Good luck."</p><p>In July of 1990, four months after Roffman was fired and Trump walked out of his CNN interview, Roffman sued Trump for libel — a lawsuit which Trump ultimately settled. Though Roffman signed a confidentiality agreement barring him from discussing the size of his settlement, he told Politico in a story this year that he was "extremely happy" with it.</p><p>In July 1991, the Trump Taj Mahal entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:35:42 GMT

California Guard vets told to repay millions in enlistment bonuses

<p>Ten years after the Pentagon enticed soldiers to reenlist by offering hefty bonuses, officials are demanding thousands of those veterans pay the money back.</p><p>Christopher Van Meter is one of the affected veterans in California. He earned a Purple Heart after he was hurled from an armored vehicle in Iraq. By 2007, he had already served 15 years in the Army and was about to retire -- until the military encouraged him to reenlist. </p><p>"They entice you with another reenlistment bonus. Those bonuses were ... around $15,000," Van Meter told CNN's "New Day" on Monday. </p><p>"We were in the Iraq and Afghanistan war at the time. And they wanted to keep soldiers in the military." </p><p>But years later, officials realized Van Meter and thousands of other veterans were not actually eligible for the bonuses they were given. </p><p>As first reported by the Los Angeles Times, only soldiers with certain assignments -- for example, intelligence, civil affairs and some noncommissioned officer posts -- were supposed to get bonuses. But investigators uncovered rampant fraud and mismanagement by California Guard officials trying to meet enlistment targets.</p><h3>How this happened</h3><p>The California Guard's incentive manager, retired Master Sgt. Toni Jaffe, pleaded guilty in 2011 to filing false claims of $15.2 million, the Department of Justice said in a statement. </p><p>"When she pleaded guilty, Jaffe admitted that from the fall of 2007 through October 2009, she routinely submitted false and fictitious claims on behalf of her fellow California National Guard members," the Department of Justice said in a statement. </p><p>"Jaffe admitted that she submitted claims to pay bonuses to members of the California National Guard whom she knew were not eligible to receive the bonuses and to pay off officer's loans, even though she knew the officers were ineligible for loan repayment." </p><p>In 2012, the sergeant was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.</p><p>Three officers also pleaded guilty to fraud and were put on probation after paying restitution, the Times reported.</p><p>But, now, thousands of soldiers are paying the real price. </p><h3>'It's gut-wrenching'</h3><p>Van Meter, the Purple Heart recipient, was floored when he got a letter saying he owed a combined $46,000 -- including the $15,000 reenlistment bonus, a student loan and an officer bonus. </p><p>"They tacked on a 1% processing fee into that," he said. </p><p>"It's gut-wrenching because you have to figure out what you're going to do and how you're going to survive." </p><p>Van Meter said after he retired in 2013, he had three years to pay off the debt. </p><p>"We were paying upward $1,300 a month back to that recoupment. We weren't able to afford everything -- food for the kids, a day care." </p><p>Eventually, he and his wife decided to refinance their mortgage to pay off the surprise debt. </p><p>Van Meter's family is far from alone. According to the Los Angeles Times, the California Guard has told 9,700 current and retired soldiers to repay some or all of their bonuses. </p><p>But Col. Michael Piazzoni, commander of the Soldier Incentive Assistance Center, which performed the audit, said the number is actually lower. </p><p>Of about 11,000 soldiers included in the audit, 1,100 were found to have received unauthorized payments that they have to pay back; 5,400 soldiers were found to have missing paperwork or lack of documentation of eligibility, and may have to pay back that money. About 4,000 soldiers were found to be eligible for payments they received. </p><p>So far, auditors have confirmed 2,300 unauthorized bonus payments to about 2,000 soldiers, amounting to at least $22 million in unauthorized bonuses. This number includes 1,100 soldiers who received unauthorized payments and those from the 5,400 figure who could not show proof. If the remaining recipients do not produce proper documentation showing they were eligible, they could be liable to pay back those amounts to the Defense Department. </p><h3>California National Guard: Our hands are tied </h3><p>The California National Guard released a statement saying it can't just ignore the debts -- even if it wants to. </p><p>"The bonus audit and recoupment process is a federal program governed and adjudicated by the National Guard Bureau and the Department of the Army. The California National Guard does not have the authority to unilaterally waive these debts," it said. </p><p>"However, the California National Guard welcomes any law passed by Congress to waive these debts. Until that time, our priority is to advocate for our soldiers during this difficult process." </p><h3>Defense Department responds</h3><p>The affected soldiers can petition to have the debt waived, Defense Department spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said. </p><p>"There has been a formal process in place for some time through which affected service members can be relieved of responsibility to repay improperly awarded bonuses," Davis said. </p><p>Van Meter told CNN said he has petitioned multiple times, but "to no avail."</p><p>Davis said the military has "the authority to waive individual repayments on one by one basis," but does not have the authority to issue blanket waivers. </p><p>"It might require working with Congress in order to change authorities," he said. </p><h3>'It is disgraceful' </h3><p>House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said he's appalled. </p><p>"It is disgraceful that the men and women who answered their country's call to duty following September 11 are now facing forced repayments of bonuses offered to them," he said in a statement. </p><p>It's unclear whether Congress will take any action on the issue when members return from election recess next month, the Military Times reported.</p><p>But McCarthy said he wants the Department of Defense to waive these repayments.</p><p>"Our military heroes should not shoulder the burden of military recruiters' faults from over a decade ago," he said. "They should not owe for what was promised during a difficult time in our country. Rather, we are the ones who owe a debt for the great sacrifices our heroes have made." </p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:09:31 GMT

News 6 helps get results for retired school bus driver

<div> When Terry Kline decided to head to the Philippines to celebrate her retirement as a school bus driver,</div> <div> she wanted to minimize risk to her personal bank accounts, so she purchased $2,900 in Green Dot Money Cards.</div> <div>  </div> <div> The purchase was easy but she admits she missed a very important point: You can’t use the cards outside of the United States.</div> <div>  </div> <div> “The way they’re packaged, you can’t see all the written material that is on the card itself,” she told News 6.</div> <div> <br /> Kline caught the error and tried to get the money refunded before she left on her journey, but it could not be done. She said the company assured her it would be there in a few weeks.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Upon her return from the Philippines, the funds were still on the cards.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Because she provided the card numbers to so many people, she was afraid to activate them.</div> <div>  </div> <div> That was April. By October, she still was waiting, despite contacting the company’s California offices and</div> <div> providing all the documentation they requested.</div> <div>  </div> <div> “I’ve been going through this for six months mailing and emailing, certified mail and more email," she said.</div> <div>  </div> <div> As an 11th hour last resort, she called News 6 investigator Mike Holfeld for help.</div> <div>  </div> <div> “An hour later, [he] got results,” Kline said. “We need guys like you, because sometimes the little guy can’t get things done … So I appreciate it because I really needed the money back.”</div> <div>  </div> <div> Kline needed the money to pay her friend for the funds she borrowed in the Philippines and to pay for damage of her backyard fence, toppled by Hurricane Matthew.</div> <div>  </div> <div> She received six checks by Federal Express for the six money cards worth $2,900. </div> <div>  </div>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:30:26 GMT

Obamacare premiums to soar 22%

<p>Affordable Care Act premiums are set to skyrocket an average of 22% for the benchmark silver plan in 2017, according to a government report released Monday.</p><p>The price hike is the latest blow to the Affordable Care Act. Insurers are raising prices and downsizing their presence on the exchanges as they try to stem losses from sicker-than-anticipated customers. Enrollment for 2017 will be closely watched since insurers want to see younger and healthier consumers enroll.</p><p>The benchmark silver plan -- upon which federal subsidies are based -- will cost an average of $296 a month next year. That figure is based on prices for a 27-year-old enrollee in the 39 states that use the federal exchange, plus the four states and Washington D.C. that have their own exchanges.</p><p>For 2016, the benchmark plan's premium rose only 7.2%, on average, for the states that use (Looking only at states on the federal exchange, premiums are rising 25% for 2017.)</p><p>The average premium increase masks wide variation among the states. In Arizona, the benchmark plan's average premium will increase 116% in 2017. Officials noted that the state had the lowest benchmark premium this year.</p><p>In Indiana, the benchmark plan will be 3% cheaper.</p><p>Most consumers, however, are shielded from these price hikes, especially if they return to the exchanges to shop after enrollment opens Nov. 1. Some 85% of Affordable Care Act enrollees receive federal subsidies, which can lower their premium to less than 10% of their income. The subsidies are pegged to the second-lowest cost silver plan in their area, known as the benchmark plan.</p><p>Federal officials stressed the importance of reviewing the 2017 options since the subsidy levels and premiums vary year-to-year. Customers who don't actively make a selection will be automatically re-enrolled in their current plan and could see an unexpected price increase.</p><p>Some 77% of consumers will be able to find a plan that costs $100 or less after subsidies, officials said.</p><p>"Relatively few people will feel the premium increases, but everyone will hear about them," said Dan Mendelson, president of Avalere Health, a consulting firm. "That will have an effect on the perception of the program."</p><p>The premium increases also mean that the Affordable Care Act is growing more expensive for the federal government since it has to provide larger subsidies. But the program is still costing less than the Congressional Budget Office originally estimated since fewer people have enrolled and insurers priced their plans lower than expected.</p><p>The price hikes aren't the Affordable Care Act's only problem for next year. Insurers are also fleeing the exchanges.</p><p>The number of carriers will drop to 228 next year in the federal exchange and selected states, down from 298 in 2016. Some 21% of consumers returning to the exchanges will only have one carrier to chose from, though that insurer will likely offer multiple plan choices.</p><p>Five states -- Alaska, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming -- will only have one insurer providing plans on the federal exchange in 2017. This year, only Wyoming had a sole carrier.</p><p>While the Affordable Care Act is going through a big shakeout, most experts say this is an expected transition period. Many insurers priced their plans too low as they tried to navigate a new market and attract customers. While they do not expect the exchanges to fail, they said that the law should be revised to bolster the risk adjustment program that protects insurers from very sick enrollees and to make it more difficult for people to sign up after enrollment closes.</p><p>Some 10.4 million people were enrolled in Affordable Care Act plans as of June 30, the administration announced. Some 10 million are expected to be enrolled at year's end. The share of uninsured Americans has dropped to a record low 8.6%.</p><p>Affordable Care Act enrollment is expected to grow 9% to an average of 11.4 million in 2017, administration officials said last week.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:26:04 GMT

Ex-Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane sentenced to prison

<p>A judge sentenced former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Monday to 10 to 23 months in prison for committing multiple felonies stemming from a politically motivated act of retribution. </p><p>Kane, who resigned after her conviction in August of perjury and obstruction, also will be on probation for eight years following her release, according to Kim Bathgate, spokeswoman for the Office of Pennsylvania Courts.</p><p>Before the sentencing, Kane, 50, testified on her own behalf, asking the judge to have mercy for the sake of her two teen-age children. </p><p>"I really don't care what happens to me," she said, CNN affiliate WTAE reported.</p><p>An attorney representing Kane told CNN affiliate KYW that she has deep remorse for violating the trust of Pennsylvania residents. The attorney argued a prison sentence wouldn't be necessary because the loss of Kane's position and law career was punishment enough. </p><p>Prosecutors, however, said that her crimes -- which have tarnished the attorney general's office and ruined an activist's life in the process -- warranted time behind bars.</p><p>Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy handed down the sentence after several hours of testimony Monday in her courtroom, CNN affiliate KPVI reported.</p><p>The charges had alleged that Kane acted in anger about a local newspaper article that accused her of dropping an investigation into politicians accepting bribes. To get back at her predecessors, the complaint said Kane leaked sealed, confidential grand jury documents to the media and then lied under oath.</p><h3>A political act of retribution</h3><p>Four years ago, Kane, a former assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County, defeated Republican David Freed as a political rookie.</p><p>Pennsylvania Democrats quickly pegged Kane as one of the party's rising stars. But halfway through her term, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story with the headline: "Sources: Kathleen Kane shut down probe of Philly Democrats."</p><p>That's where the trouble started. The article outlined an investigation launched by Kane's predecessor, former Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank G. Fina, into politicians caught in a sting accepting local bribes. In emails cited in the complaint, an irate Kane vowed to wage "war" with Fina, a criminal complaint later said. </p><p>After the article, Kane leaked sealed, confidential grand jury documents conducted under Fina that looked into whether J. Wyatt Mondesire, the former leader of the NAACP's Philadelphia chapter, misused grant money, the complaint said. Fina's investigation never led to criminal charges against Mondesire, the complaint said.</p><h3>'No one is above the law'</h3><p>In August 2015, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, a Republican, filed charges against Kane. Ferman accused the then-attorney general of secretly leaking documents "in the hopes of embarrassing and harming former state prosecutors whom she believed, without evidence, had made her look bad." </p><p>Ferman also alleged that Kane after had lied under oath to a grand jury about leaking the grand jury documents to reporters in order to cover her tracks. </p><p>Kane, though, strongly denied the allegations ahead of the trial -- even as Democrats like Gov. Tom Wolf urged her resignation.</p><p>"A resignation would be an admission of guilt and I'm not guilty," Kane said in a statement in August ahead of her trial.</p><p>Soon enough, a jury found Kane guilty of felony counts of perjury and obstruction. She resigned that same week.</p><p>"It seemed that we had somebody who felt that she was above the law, and that's not the case because no one is above the law," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said following the trial. "We are a very honorable profession here. We have rules that we have to abide by and there are no exceptions to that."</p><p>Wolf nominated Bruce Beemer, a former Kane deputy who testified against her, to become attorney general. </p><h3>Prosecutors: Kane should go to jail</h3><p>On Monday, Judge Demchick-Alloy weighed whether Kane would serve time behind bars, remain under house arrest, or simply get probation.</p><p>In Kane's sentencing memo, her attorney argued to the judge that the former attorney general has been punished enough since she had to step down from elected office and could be disbarred given her status as a now convicted felon. In addition, prosecutors said Kane, who wants to focus on parenting her two teenage sons, was not at risk of re-offending, nor was she a threat to society.</p><p>But Steele wrote in a sentencing memo that Kane deserved prison since she eroded the public's confidence in the attorney general's office, according to KYW. Beyond that, Steele noted that Mondesire, who was never charged of a crime, had lost his job, saw his health decline, and died nearly two years later.</p><p>"During her tenure as attorney general, Kane behaved in a paranoid manner and repeatedly misused her official authority to advance her personal vendettas," Steele wrote in a sentencing memo, according to the The Legal Intelligencer.</p><h3>The race for the AG's office</h3><p>Pennsylvania residents will soon get a chance to decide who permanently replaces Kane when they elect a new attorney general next month.</p><p>Josh Shapiro, a Democrat who chairs the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, is running against state Sen. John Rafferty, a Republican from Montgomery. The election will occur statewide on November 8.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:51:12 GMT

2016 Florida Election Guide

<p>News 6 wants to make it easy for you to register to vote in the 2016 election year.</p><p>Below is a county-by-county guide for information on how to register, where to vote and some key things you need to know about the Florida Presidential Election.</p><p>For more information on how to register to vote and other information, visit<a href="http://"></a></p><p><u><strong>Dates to remember:</strong></u></p><p><strong>Florida General Election: </strong>Nov. 8. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p><p><strong>Oct. 4-11</strong>: Vote-by-mail ballots are sent to voters for the General Election. Vote-by-mail ballots can still be requested after this date.</p><p><strong>Oct. 18:</strong> Deadline for Floridians to register to vote for the 2016 General Election. Voter registration applications sent by mail and post-marked by October 11 will be accepted.</p><p><strong>Oct. 20-27</strong>: Early voting is offered in all 67 Florida counties for the General Election.</p><p><strong>Nov. 2: </strong>Deadline for Supervisors of Elections to receive requests for vote-by-mail ballots to be mailed to voters</p><p><u><strong>Early voting:</strong></u></p> <ul> <li> Orange County: Oct .24- Nov. 8, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.  <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Flagler County: Oct. 24 - Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Volusia County: Oct. 24-Nov. 5, Mon. - Sat. 7 a.m -7 p.m. <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Brevard County: Oct. 24-Nov. 5, M-F 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-4 p.m. <a href="">More info</a>.</li> <li> Seminole County: Oct. 24-Nov. 6, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Osceola County: Oct. 24-Nov. 6, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Marion County: Oct. 24-Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Sumter County: Oct. 25-Nov. 5, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Lake County: Oct. 24 - Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. <a href="">More info</a></li> </ul> <p><b><u>Find Your Local Polling Place</u></b></p> <ul> <li> Orange County: <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Flagler County: <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Volusia County: <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Brevard County: <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Seminole County: <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Osceola County: <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Marion County: <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Sumter County: <a href="">More info</a></li> <li> Lake County: <a href="">More info</a></li> </ul> <p><u><strong>Am I eligible to vote?</strong></u></p><p>In order to register to vote, you must:</p> <ul> <li> Be a citizen of the United States of America (a lawful permanent resident is not a U.S. citizen for registration and voting purposes)</li> <li> Be a Florida resident</li> <li> Be at least 18 years old (although you may preregister if you are 16)</li> <li> Not now be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having had your voting rights restored</li> <li> Not have been convicted of a felony in Florida, or any other state, without your civil rights having been restored</li> <li> Provide your current and valid Florida driver's license number or Florida identification card number. If you do not have a current and valid Florida driver's license number or Florida identification card, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have any of the above, check the appropriate box provided on the <a href="" target="_blank">voter registration application</a>.</li> </ul> <p><strong>What to know about the Constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot</strong></p><p>Amendment 1: <a href="">Consumer Rights Regarding Solar Energy Amendment</a></p><p>Amendment 2: <a href="">Legalization of Medical Marijuana Amendment</a></p><p>Amendment 3: <a href="">Tax Exemption for Permanently and Totally Disabled First Responders Amendment</a></p><p>Amendment 5: <a href="">Homestead Tax Exemption for Seniors Amendment</a></p><p> </p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:07:40 GMT

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Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:56:36 GMT

After crashing car into tree, man points gun at Groveland residents, police say

<p>Groveland officers responded to a call after receiving reports of a man pointing a gun at people in a Lake County neighborhood Monday morning.</p><p>A resident told police he was in his front yard when he saw a car heading south on Howey Road, and then watched as it drove into a yard, hitting a tree.</p><p>The driver, later identified as Darrick Harris, 39, jumped out of the car running across Howey Road and back again, according to the witness.</p><p>A resident saw Harris pointing a gun at two passing cars.</p><p>Another resident told deputies she heard a big bang outside her home and went outside to see a vehicle had wrecked into a tree in her yard. She told deputies the driver tried to open her door, but it was locked.</p><p>Groveland police at the Osprey Cove neighborhood made contact with Harris after he was seen walking on Jim Payne Road with a gun in his hand, according to the arrest report.</p><p>Witnesses said Harris pointed a gun at several people throughout the neighborhood before his arrest.</p><p>Harris told deputies he shot himself in the left hand while trying to load the weapon.</p><p>Harris told deputies someone drugged his food, but could not provide any more information. He said he “snorted powder,” but later said in his interview that he “only took mollies.”</p><p>Harris is charged with 10 offenses, including felony aggravated assault, attempted carjacking with a deadly weapon and leaving the scene of an accident.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:39:39 GMT

$300K Pulse shooting overtime grant approved

<p>The city of Orlando approved a grant for $316,708 from the Department of Justice to help cover thousands of hours in overtime accrued while officials responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting and its aftermath. </p><p>The bulk of that money, $225,462 of it, will be used for 5,939 overtime hours and benefits for the more than 300 law enforcement officers who assisted during the mass shooting on June 12 and the days that followed.</p><p>The remainder of the grant money will be used for victimization aftermath costs, forensic examiner costs, law enforcement details and dignitary protection, according to the application for funding assistance.</p><p>The city anticipates that additional funds will be needed to cover ongoing security at Pulse nightclub since the scene serves as a temporary memorial where media and onlookers often gather. </p><p>Approval of the grant came Monday afternoon at the Orlando City Council meeting. </p><p><em>Check back with News 6 for more on this story. </em></p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:39:22 GMT

Manhunt underway for Okla. shooting suspect

<p>A gunman is on the run after police say he killed two people and injured four others, including two police officers, Sunday in Oklahoma.</p><p>Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the suspect as 38-year-old Michael D. Vance of Chandler, Oklahoma. He is believed to be carrying an AK-47 and driving a silver 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse sedan.</p><p>Another suspect has been arrested.</p><p>Emergency officials in Lincoln County, east of Oklahoma City, say Vance shot and wounded two officers from the town of Wellston about 7 p.m. local time after they had responded to a reported shooting.</p><p>One officer was shot in the foot and the second was shot in the leg, County Sheriff Charles Dougherty said.</p><p>The wounded officers returned fire, striking Vance at least twice, Dougherty said.</p><p>Vance then jumped into a patrol car and drove to a nearby mobile park where he stole a Lincoln Town Car from a woman and then shot at her, according to CNN affiliate KOCO. The woman was injured but not taken to the hospital, KOCO said.</p><p>Later authorities went to the home of Vance's uncle in nearby Oklahoma County, where at about 11 p.m. Sunday they found the bodies of two people who had been shot, according to the Oklahoma County sheriff's office.</p><p>Authorities believe Vance later switched vehicles again, to the silver Mitsubishi.</p><p>The Oklahoma Highway Patrol later said a man matching Vance's description and driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse shot someone at a Flying J truck stop at about 2:38 a.m. Monday on Interstate 40 near Sayre, Oklahoma, some 130 miles west of Oklahoma City. He was last seen fleeing on the interstate, authorities said.</p><p>Authorities have put out a "Wanted" flyer for Vance, who had recently got out of jail, Dougherty said.</p><p>He's described as a "heavy set male" standing 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighing 212 pounds. According to the flyer, the suspect has a "medical condition and may try to spread disease."</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:49:38 GMT

Frequent exams only treatment for pregnant woman with Zika

<p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">Yessica Flores is getting ultrasounds more frequently than the average pregnant woman, but there's a cruel downside accompanying the joy of seeing how much her unborn daughter grows every few weeks: fear of possible defects caused by Zika.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">Flores became infected early in her pregnancy, and frequent ultrasounds and bloodwork are the only comfort doctors can offer in what so far looks like an issue-free pregnancy despite Zika, which can cause shrunken heads and other problems.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">Flores and her husband have gotten used to hearing their doctors respond to questions about their baby's future with a simple sentence: "I don't know."</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">"It is really hard to hear something like that. It is scary at times," Flores said Monday at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where she is being treated by the University of Miami's Zika Response Team.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">"There's great joy, but it was very hard to bring this child into the world with this type of news," Flores said in Spanish, speaking through an interpreter. "It's a mix of emotions."</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">Flores' unborn daughter — named Daniela — seems to be developing normally. That's a relief, because Zika can cause severe brain-related birth defects when pregnant women become infected.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">However, the family still faces years of uncertainty after the baby is born in February. There are no tests to determine whether Flores' child will suffer from hearing, vision or developmental problems as she grows into a toddler.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">Flores' experience illustrates the gaps in doctors' understanding of how Zika affects pregnancy, said Dr. Christine Curry, Flores' obstetrician-gynecologist and the co-director of the Zika Response Team. For example, doctors don't currently know why the virus — which is mainly spread by city-dwelling mosquitoes but also can be sexually transmitted — remains detectable in a pregnant woman's bloodstream far longer than in the bloodstream of a man or a woman who is not pregnant.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">"It's hard to continue to say, 'I don't know,' but it's not unexpected with a disease that's really made its mark only in the last few years," Curry said.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">Flores had not shown any Zika symptoms, but testing performed when she was 16 weeks pregnant in late August confirmed that she had been infected. Her husband also was tested for Zika, but his results were negative.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">It's not clear where Flores contracted the virus. She lives and works in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, the first area in the continental U.S. to have mosquitoes spread the virus, but she traveled to Honduras earlier in the summer at the beginning of her pregnancy.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">Until this summer, the only cases of Zika on the U.S. mainland stemmed from travel to areas with Zika epidemics — mostly the Caribbean and Latin America. Of the more than 4,000 U.S. cases to date, nearly 900 were pregnant women.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">The Miami area comprises the bulk of Florida's Zika caseload, and U.S. health officials now recommend Zika testing for all pregnant women who have spent time anywhere in Miami-Dade County.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">Over 110 women in Florida have been diagnosed with Zika, and Curry said about a third of them have been cared for by University of Miami Health System doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">Like Flores, many expressed shock and sadness at their Zika diagnosis before resolving to learn more about how they could help their babies, Curry said.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px;">Flores had some advice for other pregnant women with Zika: "First of all, have faith. Then make sure you go see your doctor, and just know that everything is going to be OK if you keep up with the recommendations from the doctors."</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:33:31 GMT

Deputy entertains infant so parents can enjoy meal

<p>One deputy went above and beyond when he saw a couple at a Winter Haven struggling to enjoy their meal and care for their 5-month-old son at the same time. </p><p>Usually when Skyelar Jones and Jason Albright go out to dinner with their son Gunner, they have to take turns caring for the baby so the other parent can eat. </p><p>Deputy Chris Brackin from the Polk County Sheriff's Office noticed the couple when he walked into a Winter Haven Perkins Saturday evening and decided to help them out.</p><p>With the parents' permission, Brackin picked up the baby boy and held him for about 45 minutes until he had to respond to a call. </p><p>Usually Gunner cries when men try to hold him, but Jones said they were shocked to see the child so at ease in the deputy's arms.  </p><p>"He's a good cop. You don't see that every day," Jones said. "He loved on Gunner the whole entire time we were in there."</p><p>Jones and Albright were touched by the deputy's good deed. They described Brackin as a kind, respectful and well-trained officer. </p><p>"He is an awesome, awesome person and he obviously cares very deeply not just about kids, but people in general," Albright said, adding that he hopes his own son will grow up to have those same traits. </p><p>In an effort to spread some positive news about law enforcement, the parents shared a photo they snapped of Gunner and Brackin with the Polk County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, where it's since been liked more than a thousand times. </p><p>Jones said she hopes people will see the photo and be reminded of  the good things law enforcement officers do for the community. </p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:33:00 GMT

Clinton leads by 5 heading in to final two weeks

<p>Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 5 points as the presidential campaign heads into its final two weeks, with the Democratic nominee's support just shy of the 50% mark, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.</p><p>Among likely voters, Clinton tops Trump 49% to 44%, with just 3% backing Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2% behind Green Party nominee Jill Stein.</p><p>With all three presidential debates now in the rear view mirror, both candidates appear to have consolidated some support among their core supporters. Clinton has expanded her edge among younger voters and non-whites, while Trump has boosted his support among the whites without college degrees who make up the majority of his supporters.</p><p>Clinton now stands at 53% among voters under age 45, compared with 47% in the previous CNN/ORC poll. In fact, the only age group where Clinton currently trails Trump is among those age 50-64, who back Trump by 4 points in this poll.</p><p>Clinton's support has also ticked up a few points among non-whites (72% back her now vs. 69% in a poll conducted just after the first debate, not a large enough change to be significant, but edges her margin over Trump among this group above 50 points).</p><p>Trump has gained a bit among white voters, edging up to 54% in the new poll from 49% support in the last poll. That gain is centered largely among white non-college voters, who break for Trump by a 62% to 32% margin, while white college grads continue to lean in Clinton's direction, favoring the former secretary of state by 11 points.</p><p>The gender gap remains large, with Clinton holding a wide 12-point lead among women, topping Trump 53% to 41% among that group, while Trump edges Clinton by a narrow 3-points among men, 48% to 45%.</p><p>Another notable shift since the last CNN/ORC poll is the steep drop in support for Johnson, who falls from 7% to 3% overall. Support at that level is more in line with the numbers generated by typical third-party candidates who don't make much of a mark on Election Day itself, well off his flirtation with double-digit support through the summer and early fall.</p><p>Taking the third-party candidates out of the mix, Clinton's margin widens by a point in two-way matchup between the Democrat and the Republican, to 51% to 45%.</p><p>Clinton's supporters are increasingly apt to say that their votes for her are to express support for Clinton rather than opposition to Trump (69% say so now vs. 60% in the last CNN/ORC poll), while Trump's supporters are holding steady on this metric (59% say their votes are about expressing support for Trump now, exactly the same as in the last CNN/ORC poll).</p><p>The most promising finding in the poll for Trump is his continued edge as more trusted to handle the economy. Overall, 51% favor Trump on that vs. 47% who prefer Clinton, a shift in Trump's favor compared with a 2-point edge for Trump in the last poll.</p><p>Clinton tops Trump on every other issue tested this way in the poll, including terrorism (Clinton +2), immigration (Clinton +3), nominating justices to the Supreme Court (+5) and foreign policy (+21). But the economy continues to be voters' top issue, 91% call it extremely or very important.</p><p>Despite Trump's edge on the economy, the businessman trails Clinton on a related issue of empathy, with 49% saying they feel Clinton would "stand up for people like you" compared with 44% who think Trump would be better on that score.</p><p>While majorities of both candidates' supporters agree that the economy is a critical issue in determining their vote for president, there are wide gaps between Trump backers and Clinton supporters on whether several other issues are important.</p><p>Trump backers are almost twice as likely as Clinton backers to consider illegal immigration a critical issue to their vote (52% among Trump supporters vs. 23% among Clinton backers), and are more apt to see terrorism (66% to 49%), Supreme Court nominations (58% to 46%), taxes (46% to 34%) and trade with other countries (40% to 29%) as extremely important than are Clinton supporters. Those voters backing Clinton are nearly four times as likely as Trump supporters to consider climate change a key issue (46% to 12%), and they are also more apt to prioritize health care (53% to 48%) and education (55% to 42%).</p><p>More broadly, Clinton is more often seen as having a clear vision for the country's future (49% to 42%), perhaps connected to a perception that she did a better job in the debates (61% to 29%).</p><p>Clinton also holds wide leads on having the better temperament to serve effectively as president (61% to 32%), being better able to handle the responsibilities of commander in chief (55% to 40%), and as a person you admire (42% Clinton to 29% Trump, though nearly 3-in-10, 28%, say they feel neither is a person they admire). The two are almost even on who is the stronger and more decisive leader, 48% say Clinton, 46% Trump.</p><p>The poll also shows Clinton narrowing the gap on honesty and trustworthiness, an issue where she trailed Trump by nearly 20 points among likely voters in early September. Now, 43% see Trump as more honest and trustworthy, 42% Clinton, a statistically insignificant gap. Still, 14% of likely voters say they see neither candidate as honest, a share that has held steady over that time.</p><p>Both continue to hold favorability ratings that tilt negative, with 52% holding an unfavorable view of Clinton and 57% a negative impression of Trump. About 6-in-10 likely voters say that recent controversies around each candidate raise questions about their character and ability to serve as president, with 62% saying that the way Clinton handled her email while serving as secretary of state raises those issues, while 59% say the same about the way Trump treats women.</p><p>The CNN/ORC Poll was conducted by telephone October 20-23 among a random national sample of 1,017 adults, including 779 who were determined to be likely voters. The margin of sampling error for results among the sample of likely voters is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:07:54 GMT

Medical marijuana: Here's what you should know before you vote

<p>Medical marijuana is back on Florida’s general election ballot after failing to pass a couple of years ago. 2014’s version of Amendment 2 came up just 2 percent shy of the 60 percent voter approval.</p><p>"We promised that last time we'd be back, that we only lost the battle not the war so we're coming back here in 2016  to finish the battle and win the war," attorney John Morgan told News 6 in January.</p><p>"If we can pass this, 400,000 really sick and terminally ill people will benefit day one." But while Morgan and his political dollars support the push (he’s invested millions in both the 2014 and 2016 campaigns), others have taken a more cautionary approach.</p> <div style="width:100%;margin:10px 0;"> <iframe frameborder="0" height="515" scrolling="no" src="" style="position:static;vertical-align:top;margin:0 auto;display:block;width:600px !important;max-width:100%;min-height:515px !important;max-height:none !important;border:none;overflow:hidden;" width="600"></iframe> <div style="text-align:center;font:14px/16px Helvetica,arial;color:#3d3d3d;"> <a href="" style="color:#3d3d3d;" target="_blank">InsideGov | Graphiq</a></div> </div> <p>“Easing the suffering of more seriously ill Floridians by further expanding the availability of marijuana would be a welcome and compassionate move. It's the right policy, but the Constitution is the wrong place to do it,” <a href="">the Orlando Sentinel editorial board wrote.</a></p><p>In 2014 the<a href=""> Tampa Bay Times</a> editorial board recommended against voting yes on Amendment 2, but the board has different thoughts on the revised amendment on the 2016 ballot.</p><p>“Amendment 2 is a compassionate response to people in pain. State lawmakers have been given time, but have failed to adequately address this issue, leaving voters with no other option but to legalize medical marijuana,” the Tampa Bay Times editorial board wrote.</p><p><strong>[MORE: <a href="">News 6 2016 election guide</a>]</strong></p><p>Florida’s current marijuana law, the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act (also known as Charlotte’s Web), was passed in June 2014 and allows patients registered under the compassionate use registry to use low-THC cannabis. This means a patient who has seizures or cancer is eligible, with a doctor’s consent, to use a very specific type of marijuana as a treatment option.</p> <div style="width:100%;margin:10px 0;"> <iframe frameborder="0" height="608" scrolling="no" src="" style="position:static;vertical-align:top;margin:0 auto;display:block;width:600px !important;max-width:100%;min-height:608px !important;max-height:none !important;border:none;overflow:hidden;" width="600"></iframe> <div style="text-align:center;font:14px/16px Helvetica,arial;color:#3d3d3d;"> <a href="" style="color:#3d3d3d;" target="_blank">InsideGov | Graphiq</a></div> </div> <p>According to the Florida Department of Health, low-THC cannabis does not produce the “high” commonly associated with smoking marijuana. The patient however is not allowed to grow the low-THC cannabis themselves, but can get the marijuana from an approved dispensary.</p><p>2016’s Amendment 2 has been revised and rewritten to include the expanded definition of debilitating conditions: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, or any other condition that is comparable.</p><p>It states “a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.” The new initiative designates which caregivers would be approved to dispense medication and requires the Department of Health to issue an identification card to qualified patients.</p><p>The new ballot measure also said that minors must receive written consent from their parent or guardian for use of medical marijuana. Anyone under the age of 18 can participate in the state program, with parental permission and approval of not one, but two doctors.</p><p>If you can find one.</p><p>And once you do get that prescription, your choices of where to get medical marijuana are pretty slim. Of Florida’s 67 counties, medical marijuana is available at only six dispensaries spread across Alachua, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade and Orange counties.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:59:32 GMT

Jared Fogle's ex-wife sues Subway

<p>The ex-wife of disgraced Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is suing the sandwich chain, charging that top executives knew of his pedophilia as early as 2004 and should have notified authorities.</p><p>Katie McLaughlin divorced Fogle after he pleaded guilty to federal charges of child pornography and having sex with minors. She alleges in the suit that she and her children suffered emotional distress because Fogle's behavior did not become publicly known before she married him in 2010.</p><p>"A responsible corporation would take immediate action when hearing of this behavior, even if it was only allegations," she charges in the suit. "Subway failed every test of corporate responsibility in its response to each of these complaints."</p><p>The suit contends that Subway believed that sustaining and expanding its market share, profitability and growth depended on Jared's reputation. "Subway's ambition for sales and growth came at the expense of Katie [and her children]," it says.</p><p>At a press conference Monday, cLaughlin said it was "beyond comprehension" to find out that her husband was a child predator, and to also learn that executives had been told of his behavior and did not act. With her voice breaking, she apologized to Fogle's victims and said she was filing the suit to get answers about what Subway knew and when its executives knew it.</p><p>"A lot of questions have come up, questions my kids are going to ask my some day," she said. "I will not lie to my kids and I want to be able to answer those questions." She said the suit was the only way she could get those answers.</p><p>Subway said it could not comment on pending litigation.</p><p>The suit details an instance when a Subway franchisee, Cindy Mills, called the company's then-CEO Jeff Moody in 2008, to alert him about Fogle. She said that Fogle had told her that "he really liked them young," and that he admitted to her that he had had sex with minors from ages 9 to 16.</p><p>The suit charges that Moody interrupted Mills and told her "Please don't tell me any more. Don't worry, he has met someone. She is a teacher and he seems to love her very much, and we think she will keep him grounded." Moody told Mills that he had dealt with similar complaints in the past.</p><p>The suit says that the teacher that Moody was referring to is in fact McLaughlin.</p><p>"Having neither expert knowledge of pedophiles' predatory compulsions nor seeking guidance from experts, Subway made a terribly misguided assumption that Jared's marrying Katie would correct Jared's pedophilia behavior," the suit charges.</p><p>The suit also details how Subway subsequently started a campaign to battle childhood obesity that entailed having Fogle visiting elementary schools. It alleges that the company started a campaign depicting Fogle as a family man and used images of McLaughlin and their children without her proper authorization.</p><p>Fogle is serving more than 15 years in federal prison. He also agreed to pay 14 of his victims $100,000 each.</p><p>The suit asks for compensation for "intentional infliction of emotional distress," but doesn't specify a dollar amount.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:42:17 GMT

First responders' amendment: What you need to know before voting on Amendment 3

<p>Under Florida constitutional Amendment 3 first responders injured in the line of duty could be exempt from paying property taxes on their homes if it gets approval from Florida voters on Nov. 8.</p><p>The Tax Exemption for Permanently and Totally Disabled First Responders Amendment includes police, fire, jail and EMS workers who are “totally and permanently disabled as a result of an injury sustained in the line of duty.”</p><p>In 2012, voters approved a similar proposal for the widowed spouses of military veterans and first responders.</p><p>Supporters of the amendment said it would help recognize the sacrifices first responders make while protecting and serving Florida communities, according to James Madison University.</p><p>“Yes, this represents a loss of revenue for the state, but it’s the right thing to do for these public servants,” the Miami Herald’s Editorial Board wrote. The board recommended <a href="">voters say yes to Amendment 3.</a></p><p>On the other side, opponents of the first responders’ amendment said the tax exemption separates taxpayers based only on their occupation and say all taxpayers should be treated objectively.</p><p><strong>[MORE: <a href="">News 6 2016 election guide</a>]</strong></p><p>When some do not pay taxes the burden shifts to the rest of Florida’s taxpayers, the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board wrote. The Times recommended Floridians should vote no on Amendment 3, <a href="">saying lawmakers should work the tax system fairer for everyone.</a></p><p>Amendment 3 is one of four on Florida's 2016 general ballot. Read about the <a href="">solar amendment here</a> and the <a href="">medical marijuana amendment here.</a> There is <strong>no</strong> Amendment 4.</p><p>All four State Constitution amendments require a 60 percent vote to pass.</p>

Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:37:51 GMT