The Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald and the Bradenton Herald are launching the second year of the Florida Influencers Series to gauge interest in state issues from community leaders and to capture reader responses ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
A fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital led by 11-year-old Bradenton girl Francesca Friedel brought in thousands for charity Saturday thanks to partnerships with numerous national sports teams.
An area of Manatee County prone to flooding could see fewer issues thanks to a proposal to bring 143 new homes to Prospect Road. Developers would need to reduce stormwater runoff by 50 percent, officials say.
The School District of Manatee announced promotions for four assistant principals who will now serve as principals at Braden River Middle, Bayshore Elementary, Daughtrey Elementary and Myakka City Elementary.
More than 100 first responders practiced a tornado emergency drill at the Duette Preserve on Wednesday as part of a training session. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has released drone footage of the event.
A Big Pine Key man was arrested Monday after police said he dragged a cat on a leash behind his motorized scooter. He was intoxicated at the time, police said. The cat remained alive Monday in the Florida Keys.
The Southeast division of the U.S. Coast Guard has 27,000 pounds of confiscated cocaine from the Eastern Pacific that will be offloaded by the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa in Miami Beach, Florida, and destroyed.