First Alert Weather: Friday, August 14, 2020 - A warm and muggy weekend with sea breeze showers & thunderstorms

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop off the sea breeze during the afternoon. Temperatures will top out in the low 90s with feel-like temperatures ranging anywhere from 103-105 degrees.

Tropical Storm Josephine closer to land, Kyle moving away

Josephine continued to just barely hold on to its tropical storm status Friday as Tropical Storm Kyle formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New England, packing winds near gale force but with no major population centers in its projected path.
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Missouri police captain helps bring doghouse to puppy

A police captain helped a little Missouri girl get a doghouse for her puppy.


Attempted murder suspect apprehended after chase in Manatee County

Alleged abductor in Orlando AMBER alert found, teenager still missing.

FHSAA board votes to begin fall sports season on August 24

3-year-old Suncoast boy has special friendship with neighborhood sanitation workers

Manatee CARES Act to provide more funding for nonprofits

Another round of Manatee CARES Act funding assistance will make grants available for additional nonprofit agencies and community organizations that are providing assistance and services during the pandemic.
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Postal Service warns states across US about mail voting

The U.S. Postal Service has warned 46 states and the District of Columbia it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Florida tops 9,000 deaths, state adds feature to show date of COVID-related deaths

  Mail-in ballots sent to Trump, First Lady in Florida

Robert L. Taylor COVID-19 testing site to close on Election Day

Florida to receive additional units of Remdesivir

  Funeral held for 5-year-old shot and killed while playing outside in N.C.

Manatee Co. urges residents to fill out Census

  First Alert Weather: Pattern shift will bring earlier storms to the Suncost by Sunday

Tropical Storm Josephine forms; no warnings in effect

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Rural families without internet face tough choice on school

On average, the United States is still seeing about 1,000 deaths a day from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The country has had more than 5 million confirmed cases and more than 167,000 deaths over the course of the pandemic.


Florida sheriff: ‘No face masks allowed for deputies or visitors while under my duty'

FDOH confirms more than 4,100 new COVID-19 cases in Florida, Manatee County records new one-day high for coronavirus related deaths

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting 536,961 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 91 new statewide coronavirus related deaths in Monday morning’s update.


Newtown residents and Sarasota Police concerned over spike in shootings

  Clarifying the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures

  First Alert Weather: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - Another dose of scattered afternoon and evening storms to end the workweek

SMH enrolling healthy adults in new COVID-19 antibody trial

First Alert Traffic: Police investigating ‘traffic homicide’ in Bradenton

All lanes of State Road 64 E are back open following a fatal traffic incident.
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  Lawmakers: Postal changes delay mail-order medicine for vets

Policy changes to slow delivery at the U.S. Postal Service are taking a toll on military veterans, who are reporting much longer wait times to receive mail-order prescription drugs, according to Democratic senators.

Hillsborough County Schools announce new re-opening plan

Florida DOH updates its latest COVID-19 totals, 6K+ new cases reported

Sarasota PD investigating 2 shooting incidents

North Port Police receive vest donations to protect K9 officers