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The feds’ opioid crackdown involved only one case in Florida. Why?
 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge,” the nation’s killer opioid epidemic. But a huge nationwide...

Posted: 6 days ago

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge,” the nation’s killer opioid epidemic. But a huge nationwide...
National raid nets 77 South Floridians in treatment fraud crackdown

Posted: 6 days ago

In what he described as the largest health insurance fraud crackdown in U.S. history, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced sweeping arrests: 412 people, including 52 doctors, involved in addiction treatment fraud. The takedown is believed to span the U.S. But Palm Beach County, long riddled with addiction treatment fraud, was singled...
Huge health-care fraud sweep: Only 1 addiction treatment case in Fla.
 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. He said at a news conference how an American dies of an overdose every 11 minutes. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge...

Posted: 7 days ago

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. He said at a news conference how an American dies of an overdose every 11 minutes. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge...
Standoff with Broward deputy ends peacefully in Boca neighborhood
 In a two-hour long incident this afternoon, roads near Boca Country Club were blocked and a sheriff’s command post set up as Palm Beach and Broward County Sheriff’s deputies tried to talk down a distraught Broward deputy threatening to injure himself. The deputy’s name is not being released. He is being temporarily admitted...

7:24 PM Sunday, Jun. 18, 2017

In a two-hour long incident this afternoon, roads near Boca Country Club were blocked and a sheriff’s command post set up as Palm Beach and Broward County Sheriff’s deputies tried to talk down a distraught Broward deputy threatening to injure himself. The deputy’s name is not being released. He is being temporarily admitted...
UPDATE: Storm chances beginning to drop in area
 UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: In Palm Beach County, there is a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms with a high near 88. Excepted wind gusts dropped to a high of about 21 mph. Tonight, the chance of rain drops to 30 percent and a low of about 77. UPDATE, 10:20 a.m.: Thunderstorms are expected to rumble across South Florida today, stretching from...

5:36 PM Sunday, Jun. 18, 2017

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: In Palm Beach County, there is a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms with a high near 88. Excepted wind gusts dropped to a high of about 21 mph. Tonight, the chance of rain drops to 30 percent and a low of about 77. UPDATE, 10:20 a.m.: Thunderstorms are expected to rumble across South Florida today, stretching from...
Car crashes keep FHP busy in Palm Beach County
 Three highway-related crashes took place in less than an hour in Palm Beach County this morning. There are no reports of injuries. The back-to-back-to-back accidents started shortly after 9 a.m. A car crash at 45th Street and Interstate 95 blocked the center lane of the highway, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Another crash was located...

1:58 PM Sunday, Jun. 18, 2017

Three highway-related crashes took place in less than an hour in Palm Beach County this morning. There are no reports of injuries. The back-to-back-to-back accidents started shortly after 9 a.m. A car crash at 45th Street and Interstate 95 blocked the center lane of the highway, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Another crash was located...
Fire Rescue douses pre-dawn fire near Greenacres
 A pre-dawn fire on Cresthaven Boulevard, just north of the Greenacres city limits, is out, reports a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman. The laundry-room fire broke out in the 5400 block of a residential neighborhood sited between Jog and Military. According to Capt. Albert Borotto, at 4:46 a.m., fire crews found flames and smoke spewing...

1:54 PM Sunday, Jun. 18, 2017

A pre-dawn fire on Cresthaven Boulevard, just north of the Greenacres city limits, is out, reports a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman. The laundry-room fire broke out in the 5400 block of a residential neighborhood sited between Jog and Military. According to Capt. Albert Borotto, at 4:46 a.m., fire crews found flames and smoke spewing...
Report: Russian vote hack targeted Florida, Tallahassee election firm

2:01 PM Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2017

The attempted Russian voting hack in the presidential election targeted a Florida voting company which, according to its website, is involved in handling elections in almost every county in the state. Tallahassee-based VR Systems, which serves 64 of Florida’s 67 counties, was identified first by The Intercept this morning, based on...
First dose of opioid money favors Central Florida over South Florida
 Two weeks after Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Department of Health to declare a state of emergency over the opioid crisis, the promised $27 million in aid is starting to roll out. First priorities: medical treatment for people addicted to heroin or other opioids, and naloxone to reverse overdoses. The Florida Department of Children and Families...

8:30 PM Wednesday, May. 17, 2017

Two weeks after Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Department of Health to declare a state of emergency over the opioid crisis, the promised $27 million in aid is starting to roll out. First priorities: medical treatment for people addicted to heroin or other opioids, and naloxone to reverse overdoses. The Florida Department of Children and Families...
‘Finally,’ Scott declares opioid epidemic a public health emergency
 Responding to months of public outcry, Gov. Rick Scott declared a public health emergency Wednesday in the fight against the opioid epidemic, a sea change in what had been a hands-off approach by state officials to a crisis that has killed thousands. “Finally,” said Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay, who in February...

9:30 PM Wednesday, May. 03, 2017

Responding to months of public outcry, Gov. Rick Scott declared a public health emergency Wednesday in the fight against the opioid epidemic, a sea change in what had been a hands-off approach by state officials to a crisis that has killed thousands. “Finally,” said Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay, who in February...
Door remains open to Florida declaration of opioid health crisis
 Florida Surgeon General Celeste Philip said Tuesday she has not ruled out declaring a public health emergency for the opioid epidemic. At the same time, officials announced the state would be getting a two-year, $54 million federal grant to attack the opioid crisis. At least $17 million would go toward medication-assisted treatment, such...

10:24 PM Tuesday, May. 02, 2017

Florida Surgeon General Celeste Philip said Tuesday she has not ruled out declaring a public health emergency for the opioid epidemic. At the same time, officials announced the state would be getting a two-year, $54 million federal grant to attack the opioid crisis. At least $17 million would go toward medication-assisted treatment, such...