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A Look at BSO's New Incident Command Protocols The Broward Sheriff's Office is changing the way they respond emergency situations. NBC 6 got an exclusive look Wednesday as deputies trained for new incident command protocols. the new policy means one deputy is in charge of the entire response in the air and on the ground.

Bulletproof Backpacks Wouldn't Have Saved Anyone in Recent Shootings Sales of bulletproof backpacks have spiked almost 300 percent following a spate of school shootings and the recent attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Yet, none of the backpacks currently on the market would have stopped a single rifle round coming from those gunmen, NBC News reported.

Migrant Children Face More Serious Health Risks With Longer Detentions, Groups Warn Families, especially children, will likely face more health risks if a new Trump administration plan to hold migrants in detention facilities for longer periods of time goes into effect in 60 days, when flu season will be in full swing, health experts and immigrant rights advocates warn, as reported by NBC News.

ABC Announces Rules for Next Democratic Debates, Gives Candidates More Time to Talk The third Democratic presidential debate will give candidates more time to answer questions, event host ABC announced Wednesday. The debate, which will be held at Houston's Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, will give candidates one minute and 15 seconds for direct responses to questions and 45 seconds for rebuttals, the network said.

Judge Schedules Hearing for Jeffrey Epstein Victims to Speak A federal judge has ruled that the criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein will stay open until his victims have an opportunity to make statements in open court at a hearing next Tuesday, NBC News reports.

Lifeguard Towers on Hollywood Beach Up For Auction If you're in the market for a new lifeguard stand, then you may want to take a stroll on one of South Florida's beaches and pick one out. The city of Hollywood plans to spruce up its beaches by auctioning off 19 of its dilapidated lifeguard towers to the public as part of a multimillion-dollar redevelopment plan.

Young Debaters Learn Public Speaking Skills at Fox Trail Elementary School At Fox Trail, all 1,200 students have debate as part of the curriculum, and some join the school's team. "The kids love it, they love going to debate, they love going to competitions, they like to debate me all the time with their research and their background about why we should do things," said Lynn Burgess, the principal.

Swimming Advisory Issued for Several South Florida Beaches The Florida Department of Health issued a swimming advisory Wednesday for numerous South Florida beaches due to high levels of bacteria in the water. Visitors are encouraged to not swim at the following beach sites:. - Surfside 93rd Street. - North Shore 73rd Street.

Health Alert Issued At Two Plantation Canals After Blue-Green Algal Blooms Spotted MIAMI - The Florida Department of Health recently put up health alert signs at two canals in the city of Plantation alerting residents of small blue-green algal blooms in the canals and the presence of a toxin in the water.

Car rolls over into Miami Gardens house; at least 1 airlifted - An air rescue helicopter has airlifted at least one person to the hospital after a rollover crash in Miami Gardens. Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the scene along the 900 block of Northwest 179th Street, just after 5 p.m., Wednesday.

Former Sweetwater Officer Files Lawsuit Claiming PTSD, Loss Of Income In Aftermath Of FIU Bridge Collapse MIAMI - In the moments after the FIU bridge collapse, many people were running away from the scene. For former Sweetwater officer Jenna Mendez her training kicked in. She ran toward the chaos. "I jumped onto the structure where there was four construction workers.

A Court Ruling Just Changed How We Pick Our President A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that presidential electors who cast the actual ballots for president and vice president are free to vote as they wish and cannot be required to follow the results of the popular vote in their states, NBC News reported.

Swim Advisory Issued For Several South Florida Beaches MIAMI - The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County has issued a swim advisory for the following beaches:. - Surfside 93rd Street - North Shore 73rd Street - Collins Park 21st Street - South Beach - Virginia Beach - Crandon North and Crandon South.

Several Miami-Dade beaches placed under no-swim advisory Several beaches in Miami-Dade County have been placed under a no-swim advisory because of high amounts of enterococci bacteria found in the water. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County issued the advisory, just before 5 p.m., Wednesday.

Florida Woman Angry, Upset After Groomer Gives Beloved Dog Neon Dye Job LAKE WORTH BEACH - A Florida dog owner is angry and upset after she picked up her beloved pet and discovered the groomer had given her a neon dye job. Graziella Puleo's Goldendoodle named Lola was scheduled for a buzz cut and teeth cleaning recently at a Lake Worth grooming center.

Search intensifies for 2 missing firefighters off Florida - Authorities say they are ramping up the search for two missing firefighters who set out by boat last week from the state's Atlantic coast. Jacksonville Interim Fire Chief Keith Powers said the agency was calling for as "many boats" as could be mustered Tuesday in the ongoing search for Brian McCluney and Justin Walker.

DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Doral employees reunite child with beloved stuffed animal left behind in hotel room - When a 5-year-old boy left his beloved stuffed rabbit at a Doral Hilton, staff made sure to return it to him as soon as possible. Courtney Allen said she and her family like to travel and visit many places. Among the places her family stopped for a night was the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Doral.

Water main break closes 1 SB lane on Biscayne Blvd in NE Miami-Dade - A water main break in Northeast Miami-Dade has led crews to shut down the outside southbound lane of Biscayne Boulevard. 7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene near Northeast 116th Street as crews worked to repair the rupture, just after 4 p.m., Wednesday.

'We Just Dodged Death': Florida Slingshot Ride Snaps Moments Before Launch PANAMA CITY BEACH - Two men looking for a thrill on a Florida slingshot-style ride got the scare of their lives when a bungee cable on the ride snapped just before it started. The men were about to ride the "Vertical Accelerator" at Panama City Beach's Cobra Adventure Park on Saturday night.

Trump Signs Order to Eliminate Student Loan Debt for Disabled Veterans President Donald Trump announced Wednesday a new plan to eliminate student loan debt for disabled veterans, NBC News reported. "The debt of disabled veterans will be entirely erased," Trump said during a prepared speech at the 75th annual American Veterans convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

South Florida Student-Athlete Allowed To Return To Field After Being Banned From All Sports MIAMI - A South Florida student-athlete at Christopher Columbus High School is being allowed to compete once more after being banned from all sports earlier in the year. The ban originated after Luther Johnson V participated in rough lacrosse hits.

Tap This Way! Miami-Dade Transit Launches New, Easier Option To Pay For Metrorail MIAMI - It's getting easier to ride Metrorail as Miami-Dade Transit launches contactless payment. Starting Wednesday, transit riders can use their contactless-enabled payment devices to ride Metrorail.

Police Show Up In Force To Escort Child Of Fallen Officer On First Day Of School In Pinecrest MIAMI - The first day of school for most students is always memorable whether it's the first day of kindergarten or the first day of high school. That is why more than a dozen West Palm Beach Police officers were there for two brothers because their father was not.

March for Our Lives has an ambitious new plan for addressing gun violence March for Our Lives, the student-led movement focused on gun violence prevention that emerged from the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting, has a new platform that it wants 2020 presidential candidates to endorse.

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