Bernie Woodall

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11 Sep 2017 | 1:11 PM

Few mobile homes in Florida are storm-ready, despite code

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla./WASHINGTON(Reuters) - Only a fraction of mobile homes in Florida were strapped down with the kind of hardened braces meant to withstand fierce storms before Hurricane Irma hit the state, experts said, leaving more than a half-million homes vulnerable to serious damage.

6 Sep 2017 | 12:13 PM

Florida prepares for powerful Hurricane Irma

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Emergency management officials across South Florida hastened disaster preparations on Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Irma's expected weekend arrival on the U.S. mainland with possibly greater force than Hurricane Harvey unleashed on Texas.

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2 Sep 2017 | 6:25 AM

Texas plant fires, leaks during Harvey show need for regulation, critics say

(Reuters) - Chemical fires and leaks at Texas industrial facilities during Tropical Storm Harvey underscore the need for regulation and oversight that the Trump administration has sought to roll back, according to environmental groups and the head of the federal agency that investigates industrial chemical accidents.

14 Aug 2017 | 12:21 PM

Victim in Virginia melee wept for social justice, her boss says

(Reuters) - Heather Heyer came to downtown Charlottesville with her friends to make a stand against white nationalists who converged on the Virginia college town to demand the city keep a statue honouring a Confederate war hero, her boss said on Sunday.

17 Jul 2017 | 1:58 AM

Chicago anti-violence activist, 9-year-old gunned down in rash of shootings

(Reuters) - An anti-violence activist and a 9-year-old were among 10 people who were fatally shot in Chicago over the weekend, the latest in a rash of killings that has shaken the third-largest U.S. city and raised questions about how to staunch the bloodshed.

8 Jul 2017 | 9:02 AM

Florida police say Venus Williams entered intersection lawfully before crash

(Reuters) - Florida police said on Friday that a newly surfaced video shows that tennis star Venus Williams was acting lawfully when she drove her sports utility vehicle into an intersection before a fatal crash with another car on June 9.

1 Jul 2017 | 6:31 AM

Venus Williams sued by family of man who died after Florida crash

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Venus Williams was sued on Friday by the family of a Florida man who died after being involved in a two-vehicle crash that police say was the fault of the world's former top-ranked tennis player.

5 Jun 2017 | 11:19 PM

'Multiple' people killed in Florida workplace shooting - sheriff

(Reuters) - A U.S. Army veteran who had been fired from his job at an awnings factory in April returned to his old workplace near Orlando, Florida, on Monday and fatally shot five people he had targeted, before killing himself, a county sheriff said.

8 May 2017 | 8:00 AM

Fire in Okefenokee wildlife refuge forces evacuations in Georgia

(Reuters) - A wildfire in Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has forced dozens of nearby residents to leave their homes, authorities said on Sunday, adding the blaze might not be fully contained for months.

14 Apr 2017 | 4:14 AM

Improperly stored raw meat among violations found at Trump's Mar-a-Lago

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Undercooled meat, potentially dangerous raw fish and broken coolers were among 13 violations found by restaurant inspectors at Mar-a-Lago, the exclusive Florida resort owned by President Donald Trump, during visits in late January, state officials said on Thursday.