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DeSantis signs controversial anti-rioting bill into law

Republicans contend the bill is needed to crack down on violent protests

Sarasota Sheriff releases findings in CARES Act Fraud

Investigators identified around 200 fraudulent applications, 114 of which were from one company

Weather cancels vaccine clinic at Bradenton’s Tom Bennett Park

Tuesday's appointments are rescheduled to Friday

Capitol Watch: April 19, 2021

Here’s what’s on tap in the Capitol today.

Car drives into a home in Charlotte County

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, an SUV in Charlotte County crashed into a home Saturday night.

Child pronounced dead after being hit by car at South Fishing Pier Saturday

We are receiving reports into our newsroom that emergency units are on scene of a major accident on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge near the South Fishing Pier.

Community

Veteran who died with no family in Florida will be returned to rest in his old Kentucky home

The body of a Korean War hero who died in Florida will be taken on a 1,000 mile journey from Zephyrhills, Fla to Kentucky

Chalkboard Champion: Teacher making students feel loved despite the pandemic

"I did not expect this at all, this is awesome. I'm about to cry, like this is so cool." That was the initial reaction from Jennifer Shelly when ABC 7 and May Custom Home surprised her with $500.

Chalkboard Champion: Teacher excelling through in-class and online learning

"Thank you! I absolutely love doing this. It's because of them why I'm here. I can't picture myself doing anything else," said Rebecca Rouse who is the newest Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County.

Free food for students on the Suncoast over Spring Break

Several organizations in both Manatee and Sarasota counties are working hard to make sure that students will have food over spring break.

  Chalkboard Champion: Teacher finds true calling 30 years later

"It took me over 30 years to find my true profession and I couldn't be happier," that was the reaction from Oak Park School Teacher Steven Leavitt when he was surprised with $500.

  Manatee county food drive not only feeds humans, but also their furry friends

Mayors’ Feed the Hungry partnered with the National PTSD Service Association in a “Pets are Hungry, Too!” people and pet food drive on Saturday in Sutton Park. The food drive benefitted families and veterans struggling to feed their four-legged fur babies due to the COVID–19 pandemic.