Minnesota governor apologizes for arrest of CNN crew

Following the arrest of a CNN crew on live television by police on Friday, an apologetic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz promised that journalists would not be interfered with in reporting on violent protests following the death of George Floyd.

Chris Young among performers Saturday night at Grand Ole Opry

  'It’s been a rocky road’; Homeless student graduates as valedictorian in Florida

More Flights Added for this Summer at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

City of Sarasota extends public health emergency until June 5

Florida turns eye toward hurricane season as DOH updates COVID-19 stats

Chalkboard Champion: Paying bills and providing computers for students learning from home

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Could we see our third named storm before the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season?

City of Venice urges residents to donate blood

  First Alert AM Weather: Friday, May 29, 2020 - Scattered showers & storms redevelop this afternoon

  Hurricane prep tax ‘holiday’ underway

One man dead, one teen girl arrested in Bradenton shooting

  Typical scattered late day storms Friday

Suncoast Counties Prepare for Hurricane Season Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

"It is going to present some challenges for whomever gets a hurricane this year in Florida, but we're prepared to continue to look for opportunities and ideas to make it even safer."

Judge resists ordering fixes to unemployment system

Pointing to the constitutional separation of powers, a Leon County circuit judge Thursday refused to order the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to take steps to “fix” the state’s much-maligned unemployment compensation system to process and pay claims.

2 arrested in 2019 robbery, homicide

Two Suncoast men have been arrested in a 2019 murder and robbery.

1 person dead following shooting in Bradenton

Police are on scene following a shooting in Bradenton that left one person dead.

USF adjusts its fall schedule due to COVID-19

Palmetto, Bradenton to move fireworks to Labor Day weekend

Necco Wafers are returning! Here’s where you can buy the classic candy

Sheriff: Registered nurse stole oxycodone

Sheriff’s department conducting death investigation

  Florida confirms 53,285 positive COVID-19 tests

Sarasota Co. Sheriff hoping someone recognizes attempted burglar

Officials with the Sarasota County Sheriff are hoping someone recognizes this man.

Virus causes detour in getting driver’s licenses

Florida’s newest drivers still need to take behind-the-wheel tests to get licenses, but they should expect some changes in the way tests are conducted, at least while the coronavirus is still around.

  First Alert Weather: A shift in weather patterns brings better rain chance

When the air over Florida gets warm and muggy, thunderstorms become likely. the question is where and at what time will the storms form. The answer often lies in the wind direction.

  Mail-in voting could turn Election Day into Election Week

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results.

Manatee Strong: ‘This is how we roll’ parade celebrates end of school year

The School District of Manatee County will celebrate the end of the school year with a county-wide school convoy, which will include schools buses, principals and personnel.

  Rowlett Academy hosts parade celebration for graduating students

Students from Rowlett Elementary and Middle School are celebrating graduation this week.

  USF Sarasota-Manatee MBA students partner with Manatee County to promote mass transit

Students at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus in the MBA program are teaming up with local transportation leaders for a cause.

SpaceX watch party at Cool Today Park in North Port spoiled by launch being scrubbed

SpaceX launch postponed until Saturday.

New ‘Hunger Games’ book sells more than 500,000 copies

A decade after the “Hunger Games” series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more.

  ‘Bummed out’: SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

The launch puts Elon Musk's SpaceX on the cusp of becoming the first private company to put astronauts in orbit.

  Rain chances increasing for the coast

Tropical storm Bertha has been downgraded to a tropical depression and has left us with thick sticky tropical air.

COVID-19 Postponing Fairy Tale Weddings for Suncoast Couples

As of right now, in Florida and on the Suncoast, you cannot have an event with more than 10 people. This has forced many couples to either have a smaller ceremony or move to an outside venue.

  Manatee County figuring out ways to help businesses and the unemployed

As the state re-opens local leaders are trying to figure out how to safely bring back the economy.

Manatee County announces summer camp registration, curbside library material pickup

Registration for Manatee County’s Summer Blast Camp is open!

SPD officer plays basketball with local kids while masked up

A Sarasota Police Department officer opted to bring some light and positivity in what has been a challenging week for many around our nation.

City of Palmetto postponing Fourth of July festivities

The Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) announced on Wednesday that festivities that were planned for Independence Day have been postponed.

  Deputies investigating two burglaries that took place at two Bradenton businesses

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is investigating two burglaries that occurred at two Bradenton businesses earlier this week.

Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast, dissipates in a day

A tropical storm warning has been issued for South Carolina's coast and the storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Manatee County issues boil water advisory

The Manatee County Utilities Department has issued a precautionary boil water advisory due to a main break.

Disney World announces plans to re-open in July

Disney World announced Wednesday that it hopes to begin a phased reopening of its theme parks on July 11.

  Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts for 5 days in June

Krispy Kreme is extending its free doughnut giveaway promotion to give customers more opportunities to swing by and pick up a sweet treat.

Hurricane season collides with coronavirus

With the six-month Atlantic hurricane season starting Monday, emergency-management officials have changed how Florida will respond to storms as they grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Suncoast congressman looking to donate stimulus check

Former Suncoast Congressman Tom Rooney is searching for an organization in need after he received a stimulus check for $3400.

Here’s what you need to know about rip currents

In the U.S. rip currents account for about 80% of beach rescues.

Tropical Storm Bertha makes landfall in South Carolina

Days before hurricane season officially starts, the National Hurricane Center announced that Tropical Storm Bertha has made landfall in South Carolina

  First Alert Weather: Problematic weather for space launch

With the first ever private company launch of astronauts into space scheduled for 4:33 pm, the weather remains a concern. The Suncoast and the entire state will be under the influence of a southwest wind.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

By allowing the casinos to reopen, with new rules on social distancing and sanitizing, the governor said Nevada would again welcome visitors but would be prepared to close down again if there is a spike in cases.

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

  GRAPHIC: Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

His death, which occurred Monday night after a struggle with police officers, was under investigation by the FBI and state agents.

Mega Pantry drive-thru food distribution feeds hundreds of families

Hundreds of families in Manatee County will have food on their tables and it's all thanks to Feeding Tampa Bay.

  Another early tropical system developing?

An area of disturbed weather is being watched closely by the National Hurricane Center. An area of low pressure continues to spin near NE Florida and has a 30% chance of developing into the 2nd. tropical cyclone of the season.

  No decision made yet during emergency hearing for unemployment benefits

Several attorneys are asking a Tallahassee Judge to order the Department of Economic Opportunity to pay unemployed Floridians immediately.

Sarasota County releases guidelines for summer camps, recreation

Sarasota County officials released more information on outdoor and indoor recreation centers and summer camps going forward for the Phase 1 re-opening.

  Suncoast Colleges and Universities Creating Plans to Re-open this Fall

The State University System's Task Force has been working for several weeks now on a framework for all schools to follow. Universities are being asked to develop individual plans based on the guidelines. They will present their plans to the Florida Board of Governors on June 23.

  North Sarasota family with three graduates honors them with banner in the front yard of their home

Parents honor three graduates with banner in the front yard of their home.

Nik Wallenda staging Daredevil Rally Drive-In Thrill Show in June at Nathan Benderson Park

The Suncoast’s very own “king of the high wire,” Nik Wallenda, will be staging a Daredevil Rally Drive-In Thrill Show for back-to-back weekends in June at Nathan Benderson Park.

  Weather better for historic SpaceX launch of NASA astronauts

The weather is looking up for SpaceX's first astronaut launch, as officials vow to keep crew safety the top priority.

Walk-up COVID-19 testing site added in Manatee County

The Florida Division of Emergency Management will open a new walk-up COVID-19 test center in Manatee County on Thursday, May 27.

Florida now has over 52,200 confirmed COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has updated its latest COVID-19 statistics, confirming 52,255 positive COVID-19 cases involving 50,916 Florida residents.

  Six Flags announces new safety measures for when parks reopen

If you are planning a trip to Six Flags this year, you will need to know about the new policies the company has put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

First Alert Traffic: Osprey Avenue closed at Hudson Bayou Bridge

Osprey Avenue at the Hudson Bayou bridge is now closed to thru traffic.

’Incomprehensible’: Police say World War I monument vandalized on Memorial Day in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh police are investigating after they discovered a World War I memorial vandalized on Memorial Day.

Manatee County Schools to continue food programs over summer vacation

The School District of Manatee County announced Tuesday that its Food and Nutrition Services will continue to feed kids this summer for free.

  Despite Memorial Day weekend visitors, local business says it’ll take a while to recover

Memorial Day weekend helped bring some customers back into stores that had their doors closed for the past few weeks.

  First Alert Weather: Sunshine returns today with afternoon showers

A broad surface low and trough with upper level energy approaching from the west will continue to keep unsettled weather across Florida. On the Suncoast we will watch Some slightly drier air aloft moves into the area and brings more morning and afternoon sunshine.

  Weather impacts beach crowds and parking on Memorial Day

The clouds and rain showers affected beachgoers Memorial Day

Pizza restaurant in Sarasota having issues with their outdoor seating for dining

Restaurant in Sarasota having issues with outdoor dining.

  First Alert Weather: Monday, May 25, 2020 - A warming trend ahead with daily rain chances through the week

A few peaks of sunshine tomorrow with temperatures topping out in the mid-80s. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and early evening.

Child drowns at Siesta Key Public Beach on Sunday, deputies conducting death investigation

Deputies have identified the victim that drowned on Sunday at Siesta Key Public Beach as a 10-year-old girl from Lake Wales, Fla.

  Final construction phases begin for the Robinson Preserve Expansion

On Monday, the final construction phases for the Robinson Preserve Expansion began.

  Memorial Day Tributes go virtual in the midst of the pandemic

In the midst of the pandemic, Memorial Day 2020 is a little different. Tributes were taken to the virtual world for people to view on FB Live.

Fed judge rules Florida can’t stop poor felons from voting

A federal judge has ruled that Florida law can’t stop felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees, court costs and restitution.

  AAA predicts more people will take road trips this summer

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. But when it comes to summer vacations, AAA said this year may look different.

  First Alert Weather: A soggy Memorial Day on the Suncoast

Deep tropical moisture combine with an upper level low and surface trough to produce very good chances for showers and thunderstorms today. Some of the rain could be heavy at times.

  Memorial Day weekend draws crowds to Suncoast beaches

Memorial Day weekend got off to a hot start. Then came the rain and the clouds. While a few folks said they’d rather stay at home, others went to the beaches instead.

  North Port community coming together to help local veteran organization

North Port community coming together on Memorial Day Monday to help save a Veteran's organization who ran into financial trouble.

  First Alert Weather: Sunday, May 24, 2020 - A soggy Memorial Day with isolated strong storms possible

It’ll be a soggy Memorial Day as an ample of amount of moisture continues to stream into the region from the south, while interacting with a few upper level features along with a sea breeze. This will allow widespread showers and thunderstorms to move across the Suncoast.

Huge alligator found outside front door of home in neighborhood in Venice

Imagine waking up to weird noises outside your home, and when you check what’s going on through your Ring doorbell you see a gator on your doorstep.