A man who was shot early Friday outside SUITE Club near the St. Johns Town Center has died. The man was shot and rushed to the hospital to be treated. According to JSO, a fight started just after 2am Friday in the parking lot following an 18 and over party. Off-duty police officers in the area were able to make a quick arrest. Detectives were speaking with witnesses in the hours after the shooting. Through the day we’ll be working to update charges the suspect will be facing.
A Texas teen who went missing last week while visiting Colorado with her family was found about 300 miles away after she hopped on a coal train bound for the Lone Star State, Colorado Springs police said Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Adalie Rivera, of Lubbock, Texas, vanished on the morning of March 17 after leaving the Quality Inn Colorado Springs Airport hotel room that she was sharing with her family. Police said she got onto a coal train in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area and traveled to a farm community near Dumas, Texas, about two hours north of Lubbock. “She actually got out of the coal car because she ran out of Skittles and she was hungry, so bless her heart,” Colorado Springs police Lt. Howard Black told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. A farmer on Tuesday found Adalie covered in coal dust and notified the Moore County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies took custody of Adalie until her family could get her. She was found safe, despite being missing for about four days, police said. Authorities don’t expect to file any charges in the disappearance.
The man accused of killing a woman whose body was found at his Southside home waived his right to a speedy trial. Russell Tillis is charged with the murder of 31-year-old Joni Gunter. Police found her dismembered body on his property, known as a 'house of horrors.' The property has been sold, but neighbors say there are still problems there. “We got people that come by just to pick some things for souvenirs because it’s the 'house of horrors,'” David Eichenlaub said. >> Read more trending news Eichenlaub said neighbors called the mayor’s office and Gov. Rick Scott. On Wednesday, they finally started to see some action taken. “We’re just glad it’s getting cleaned up. It needs to be cleaned up,” Eichenlaub said. He said the worst part was that people would party in a trailer on the property at night and it smells like chemicals. We reached out to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, where a spokesperson said there have been six calls for service to the address since the first of this year, four calls for property checks and two for suspicious people. “I have to run them off all the time,” Eichenlaub said. We also reached out to the city, which said the current owner was cited by code enforcement on Feb. 8 for garbage and debris on the property. The city said since the owner didn’t follow through with the cleanup, the city stepped in to clean it, and the owner is responsible for the cost. We called the owner of the property, who said she did hire someone to clean up the property but they didn’t realize just how big a project this was. She said she has been in contact with the city and agreed to them cleaning it up.
Burger King officials said Tuesday that the company plans to stop buying chickens from farms that grossly mistreat the animals,CNN reported. >> Read more trending news By 2024, the fast-food chain said it plans to buy only chickens raised according to welfare standards established by the animal advocacy group Global Animal Partnership. 'Chickens raised for meat, also known as 'broilers,' are among the most abused animals on the planet,' GAP said in a joint statement. 'They are bred to grow so unnaturally fast that they are often crippled under their own weight. Many suffer from constant leg pain so severe they cannot stand, and so spend nearly all their time sitting in their own waste.' Burger King’s action follows similar commitments made in recent years by companies including Chipotle, Red Robin, Quiznos, Panera Bread and Starbucks, CNN reported. According to the organization's website, GAP-certified farmers must provide birds with access to light and keep their barn living conditions cleaner. The chickens also must be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered to minimize pain.
A 696-acre wildfire in Nassau County is 65 percent contained, according to the Florida Forest Service on Thursday. >> Read more trending news Firefighters have been working since Wednesday on a wildfire in Bryceville, Florida, that was accidentally started by someone illegally burning paperback books, officials said. Officials said two homes were destroyed as well as sheds and vehicles. Ten homes were reported as having some damage. The Florida Forest Service said they identified the person who started the fire and that person will be financially responsible for damages. There might be some challenges in extinguishing the fire since strong winds are expected Thursday afternoon, officials said. Firefighters said that 150 people are displaced and an evacuation order is still in place. A shelter is open at Bryceville Baptist Church for anyone who was displaced by the fire. The Florida Forest Service said this is the worst massive wildfire for the county since 1998. Firefighters were working early Thursday morning to contain the fire along the eastern edges of the fire line. The fire department has been putting out hot spots around houses. Officials said the area is not safe for residents since a lot of power lines have been damaged during the fire. Road closures are in effect at several locations. Crews from Georgia arrived to assist local firefighters on Thursday. The fairgrounds are open for residents who need to shelter livestock and animals.
The three pronged crusade by Republicans to overhaul the Obama health law involves not only two major legislative efforts in the Congress, but also regulatory changes from the Department of Health and Human Services, as the Trump Administration has ample opportunity now to make regulatory moves that would reverse the implementation of the health law, and alter how the feds deal with health insurance coverage.
“There are 1,442 provisions in Obamacare that says the Secretary has discretion,” Speaker Paul Ryan said last week in an interview on the Sean Hannity radio show.
“Tom Price is going to use that discretion to unwind Obamacare,” the Speaker added, referring to the President’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.
There are 1,442 provisions in Obamacare that Secretary Price has the discretion to nix. After #RepealandReplace that rollback is coming.
Just a few years ago, Republicans routinely condemned the use of regulatory actions by the Obama Administration on the Affordable Care Act, arguing that those moves were not constitutional – but now, they are fully embracing that same regulatory authority, in order to tweak and roll back rules and regulations related to the health law.
“Do not underestimate the power of the HHS Secretary,” said Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the number two Republican in the U.S. House.
As for Secretary Price, he seems ready for the regulatory challenge.
“As you all well know, the previous administration used regulations to a fare-thee-well,” Price said at a White House Briefing this last week, vowing to review all the rules, regulations and guidance letters put out by HHS in the past seven years.
“We are going to go through every single one of those and make certain that if they help patients, then we need to continue them,” Price said. “If they harm patients or increase costs, then obviously they need to be addressed.”
If you dig into the legislative text of the Affordable Care Act, there are plenty of examples of where the HHS Secretary is granted power by the Congress to make regulations and otherwise shape the law.
Just search for the word “Secretary” in that law – and you’ll find it over 3,000 times, with many phrases like, “the Secretary shall establish,” or “The Secretary may develop guidelines,” and “the Secretary shall develop standards.”
There were 811 examples of “the Secretary shall” – a reminder of how much power the Congress has ceded to the Executive Branch in terms of implementing laws that are approved by the House and Senate.
Price says the calculus is simple – an existing rule or regulation on health care and health insurance either “helps patients and decreases costs, or harms patients and increases costs.”
“If it does the latter, then we need to do away it. If it does the former, then we ought to accentuate it.”
The Trump Administration now gets that opportunity in coming weeks and months.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.