Nebraska’s Ben Sasse expected to resign from U.S. Senate

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse is expected to resign from the US Senate to pursue a job in higher education. The University of Florida announced Thursday that Sasse is the sole finalist to become the school’s 13th president. While there’s still a process that needs to take place in Florida, it’s clear that Sasse has every … Read more

Orlando Free Fall ride, which led to death of 14-year-old Tyre Sampson, to be torn down

CNN — A Florida drop tower amusement park ride from which a 14-year-old boy fell to his death in March will be taken down, the ride’s operator said Thursday. The decision to take down the 430-foot-tall Orlando FreeFall tower and ride at ICON Park outside Orlando was made because of Tire Sampson’s March 24 death, … Read more

Undaunted by DeSantis, immigrant workers are heading to Florida to help with hurricane cleanup

CNN — Just weeks after Ron DeSantis made a very public display of his efforts to keep migrants from coming to Florida, Hurricane Ian’s destruction is drawing a growing number of immigrants to the Republican governor’s state. “They’re arriving from New York, from Louisiana, from Houston and Dallas,” says Saket Soni, executive director of the … Read more

Black residents in two Florida neighborhoods say they have been left out of Hurricane Ian relief efforts

CNN — Latronia Latson said she feels like she has been neglected in the recovery efforts from Hurricane Ian. Latson, who lives in the Dunbar neighborhood in Fort Myers, Florida, said she can’t get to a relief center to get bottled water and other necessities being distributed because she doesn’t have transportation; the bus system … Read more

Hurricane Ian: Sanibel residents return to an unrecognizable island a week after Hurricane Ian’s devastation

Sanibel Island, Florida CNN  —  The aftermath of Hurricane Ian left Julie Emig and Vicki Paskaly devastated when they returned to what was once their “dream home” for the first time since the storm hit one week ago. Residents of Florida’s Sanibel Island – which remains cutoff from the mainland – were allowed back for … Read more

Biden tours Ian damage in Florida with DeSantis feud on hold for now

CNN — President Joe Biden is in Florida on Wednesday to see first-hand the destruction caused by Hurricane Ian, once again putting the spotlight on his icy relationship with Gov. Ron DeSantis, the combative Republican leader posed to potentially challenge the Democrat for the presidency in 2024. For the time being, Biden and DeSantis have … Read more

Gov. Ron DeSantis blasts ‘illegal alien’ Florida looters

Most of the heartless looters busted in hurricane-ravaged Florida were illegal immigrants, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday — as he said he’d like to “drag them out by the collars” and “send them back to where they came from.” “We’ve had four looters that were arrested … and they need to be brought to justice,” … Read more

Latest news: Hurricane Ian’s aftermath in Florida

(CNN) Right before losing phone connection, Fort Myers, Florida, resident Stan Pentz told his daughter he was going to drown. Then the phone cut out, and he wasn’t able to make contact with his family for 20 hours. Pentz told CNN’s Kate Bolduan that he knew he had to jump out of his condo and … Read more

Hurricane Ian’s death toll rises as crews in Florida go door-to-door in search for survivors in decimated neighborhoods

CNN — After Hurricane Ian obliterated communities in Florida, rescue crews going door-to-door in search of survivors are reporting more deaths, and residents grappling with the losses are facing a long, daunting recovery. As of Monday, at least 101 people have been reported killed by the hurricane in Florida – 54 of them in Lee … Read more