News Cast for August 4th:
Two people killed early today in a head on collision on 441 at North East 1 hundred and 60th Street.
A sedan driven by a 57 year old Okeechobee man collided with a box truck driven by a 39 year old St. Cloud man.
The sedan was then struck by a tractor trailer.
The 57 year old was killed along with his passenger an 82 year old woman.
Troopers are investigating what caused the crash.
It was first reported at 6:15 am.
The road was shut down for a time for the investigation.
Governor blames slanted media for causing deaths
President Joe Biden and Governor Ron DeSantis disagree over not allowing mask mandates at school. The number of COVID cases and hospitalizations have been setting records in the state over the past week. President Biden said the refusal to support mask mandates was bad health care policy that will negatively impact Florida.
Governor DeSantis said the media hysteria is unwarranted. He blamed the media for causing deaths when the pandemic started because they discouraged people with heart and other health problems from going to the hospital for fear they would die of COVID. He said the increase is seasonal and case numbers will drop as we head toward fall. He said many of the cases are people who are vaccinated and the symptoms are not as severe.
Farmers honor Congressman Steube
Congressman Greg Steube received the Friend of the Farm Bureau Award.
He filed bills this year to make it easier to find farm labor and to protect Florida citrus from unfair competition from China.
Steube said he’s gotten nowhere in congress with a bill to move the visa program for farm labor from the department of labor to the department of agriculture.
He said the department of agriculture is better equipped to handle this issue.
Pahokee argues again
Acting Pahokee City Manager Rodney Lucas got a commitment to get more funding for his housing despite some debate from the city commission.
Lucas said the additional housing payment was in his contract.
Commissioner Sarah Perez said Lucas overreacted as commissioners discussed the additional funding.
He is being paid $10,000 per month.
The city agreed to give him more money.
Senate candidate wants Moore Haven facility closed for good
Florida Congresswoman Val Demings called for the closure of Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven.
Demings and seven other lawmakers called on U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, to shut down the center, describing it as “not operationally necessary” and that it “violates human dignity.”
Opponents said calling for the removal of an ICE detention center is a step in the opposite direction of what lawmakers should implement, to rectify the situation, especially with ongoing border patrol issues in the US.