Broward News

Morning Juice: Prison for Bev Gallagher; Oil Nears Panhandle

Here's a glance at what's in the local headlines:

  • It's not quite the Miracle on the Hudson, but a small plane made a safe emergency landing in a field just short of the Fort Lauderdale airport's runway. It narrowly missed hitting a home. [WPLG-5]
  • Broward County School Board member Beverly Gallagher took bribes, and this morning she'll take a prison sentence expected to be about three years. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is spreading to the Panhandle. Despite the best efforts of environmental crews, local officials say it's a matter of time before it hits the white sands of Pensacola's beach. [Miami Herald]

  • In Riviera Beach near 33rd Street and Old Dixie Highway, a pregnant woman was shot and wounded early this morning. Police have yet to release the victim's name or any information about the events that led to the shooting. [WPTV-5]
  • Charlie Crist vetoed an insurance bill in what Republican legislators say is an effort to pander to voters in the U.S. Senate race. Jeff Atwater, president of the Florida Senate, says that Crist's claims about the bill being a boon for insurance companies were exaggerated. Experts were divided on the bill's merits, some finding aspects that would scale back fraud and lower costs, while others believed it gave the insurance companies too much power to control rate hikes. [Palm Beach Post]

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Thomas Francis