At least 33 dead in vape epidemic

At least 33 deaths across 24 states have now been linked to vape-related illnesses, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that illegal or black market THC products are largely fueling the outbreak, but stopping short of identifying these products as the main cause.

Florida looks to boost teacher pay

A Florida House education panel on Thursday began delving into the issue of raising teacher pay, with a key lawmaker saying that while "everything is on the table," the panel still needs to figure out where the money would come from.

Florida lawmakers squabbling over sunscreen regulation

If you live in Florida, sunscreen is essential. However, reports show products design to protect us are also damaging some aquatic life. The sale of some products has been banned by coastal communities, but some lawmakers want to ban the ban. Other lawmakers are proposing prescriptions for sunscreens that have contents that may be harmful to the environment.

Second juror excused in Markeith Loyd murder trial

It happened around 6:45 p.m. on Monday after a juror wrote a note for the judge, describing a conversation she overheard on Sunday between another juror and a deputy. The juror indicated that the conversation, which is said to have happened in the common area of the hotel where the jury is sequestered, pertained to the case.

Students and scientists study water quality of Indian River Lagoon

It's been a source of trouble for years, and now scientists and students are teaming up to figure out what's wrong with the Indian River Lagoon. The lagoon's water quality is constantly changing. Right now, state lawmakers are considering a new strategy to clean up the body of water.

Turkish forces have invaded Syria to attack Kurds

Turkish troops invaded northern Syria on Wednesday to push back Kurdish fighters it views as terrorists. The Kurds have been backed by the United States and they captured the last of IS-controlled territory in Syria in March.

Let's Get Digital: Stories Trending on Oct. 8, 2019

To celebrate the scariest time of the year, Applebee's is hoping to calm your nerves with their frighteningly good deal. For the entire month of October, participating Applebee's will be serving up the $1 Vampire! And guinea pig ice cream is all the rage in Ecuador.

Dozens of seagulls mysteriously fall ill on Lido, Siesta Key beach

Something is making laughing gulls sick on Lido Beach. Save Our Seabirds' avian hospital administrator, Dana Leworthy said it started when nine laughing gulls were brought in, showing signs of sickness. Within days, they were treating 25. While red tide does not appear to be present in the area, samples from Collier County have tested positive.

Unique launch this week at Cape Canaveral

NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer ( ICON) satellite is scheduled to launch Wednesday, Oct. 9, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ICON will be air-launched from a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket, carried by the company’s L-1011 aircraft, Stargazer.

Malabar councilman throws paper-ball at woman

A woman wants a Malabar councilman who threw a ball of paper at her to be investigated for claims of assault. Dawn Danielson is also demanding that District 4 councilman Dick Korn resign. The conflict stemmed over re-zoning development of land near the Indian River Lagoon.