Florida News Sep 16

By: AP
By: AP


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida A&M University is trying to fill the void left by the absence of its famed marching band.
Saturday marks the first football game in decades that will not feature a halftime show of elaborate dances, booming percussion and thundering brass.
The band will be absent for the entire academic year as part of the fallout from the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. Champion died following a hazing ritual that took place following FAMU's last football game of 2011.
Al Lawson, an alumnus and former legislator, calls it a major challenge for the school because many people attended home games to see the band, not the Rattlers football team.
The first home game of the season will feature a hip-hop artist as part of the halftime entertainment.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A former Florida child welfare investigator has been arrested in Pennsylvania for offering a woman a clean drug report in exchange for sex.
A Volusia County Sheriff's Office report says 31-year-old Andrew Thomas was arrested at his home in Carlisle, Pa. on Friday on a warrant. He's charged with bribery by a public servant, official misconduct and falsifying records.
Thomas was a Florida Department of Children and Families investigator when he offered the woman his own urine for her drug test on May 8. Thomas resigned soon after and moved to Pennsylvania.
Authorities say he confirmed to investigators what the victim told deputies. Thomas was booked into the Cumberland County Prison in Pennsylvania where he's awaiting extradition to Volusia County.
Authorities believe there may have been other victims in Florida.


SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Walton County has its first human case of the West Nile virus.
The Health Department confirmed the case Friday, saying "the possibility that other individuals may become infected with the virus is extremely high."
The Northwest Florida Daily News reports the county has been under a mosquito-borne illness advisory since July after a number of sentinel chickens tested positive for the virus. Mosquito control officials are now spraying the area.
Nearby Okaloosa County announced its second death from the virus last week.
Symptoms of West Nile include headache, fever, fatigue and dizziness. Health officials warn residents to wear mosquito repellent and drain standing water from their yards to prevent contracting the virus.


MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Nadine has gotten slightly stronger as it heads eastward out into the Atlantic Ocean.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported late Saturday morning that Nadine's maximum sustained winds were 80 mph (129 kph). It remains a Category 1 hurricane, and little strengthening is expected over the next two days.
Nadine is centered about 880 miles (1416 kilometers) east of Bermuda and 1390 miles (2237 kilometers) west-southwest of the Azores islands. It is moving east-northeast at 15 mph (24 kph).
In the Pacific, Kristy remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (64 kph).
Kristy is centered about 325 miles (523 kilometers) west of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California and is moving northwest at 9 mph (14 kph). It is expected to weaken as it passes over cooler waters during the next two days.
A new tropical depression has also formed in the eastern Pacific, 1080 miles (1738 kilometers) west-southwest of Baja California and on a westward path. It poses no land threat.

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