Court sides with Brenda Snipes

A federal appeals court has sided with a former elections supervisor in South Florida, ruling she followed the law by removing people who had died or moved away from the voting rolls.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that a lower court had ruled properly in concluding that former Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes complied with federal law requiring that voting rolls be regularly updated.

A conservative group, the American Civil Rights Union, sued Snipes' office in 2016, claiming it was violating the National Voter Registration Act by not properly making efforts to remove ineligible voters from its lists.

The union had argued that ineligible voters might vote because Snipes had not removed more voters from the lists.

Tropical Storm Dorian to pass through the Caribbean 

Tropical Storm Dorian churns westward to several Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico, as of Tuesday evening. South Florida was placed in the storms forecast cone, according to different trajectory models. 

The storm is expected to turn into a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic on Wednesday and Thursday. The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department sent a 45-member urban search and rescue team to Puerto Rico ahead of the Tropical Storm Dorian, according to a statement. The team will provide search and rescue support, medical support, communications and damage assessment. They will also coordinate distribution of relief supplies. 

 Four Florida nursing home employees charged 

Four employees of a Florida nursing home where 12 people died in sweltering heat after a hurricane cut power were charged Monday, at least three of them with aggravated manslaughter, their attorneys said.

Attorneys say an administrator and two nurses employed at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills at the time of the deaths in 2017 surrendered on Monday. They say a third nurse is also in custody in Miami-Dade County.

Nurse Althia Meggie has been charged with two counts of aggravated manslaughter and two counts of tampering with evidence while administrator Jorge Carballo was charged with 12 counts of manslaughter.

The center, which housed about 150 patients at the time, did not evacuate any of the residents as the temperature began rising, even though a fully functional hospital was across the street, investigators said.  

Trump pushes for G-7 summit at his resort

President Donald Trump was in full sales mode Monday, doing everything but pass out brochures as he touted the features that would make the Doral golf resort the ideal place for the next G-7 Summit _– close to the airport, plenty of hotel rooms, separate buildings for every delegation, even top facilities for the media.

There's just one detail he left out: He owns the place.

Government ethics watchdogs say Trump's proposal to bring world leaders to his Miami-area resort takes the conflict of interest to a whole new level.

Trump's proposal at the current G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France, portrayed the Doral resort in the most glowing terms, even though he said later he was more interested in logistics for the meeting than making money.

Trump's pitch comes as several lawsuits accusing the president of violating the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause, which bans gifts from foreign governments, wind their way through the courts.

It also comes as Doral, by far the biggest revenue generator among the Trump Organization's 17 golf properties, appears to have taken a hit from Trump's move into politics.

Load comments