GOP presidential debate slated for October 2011 in Orlando

TALLAHASSEE

GOP presidential debate slated for next october

A Republican presidential debate will be held in October in Orlando, more than a year before the 2012 election. The Republican Party of Florida and Fox News announced Monday they'll jointly sponsor the debate. The debate will be carried live on the Fox News Channel, Fox News Radio, Fox News Mobile and FoxNews.com.

IMMOKALEE

Florida panther fatally hit on road

A young Florida panther was struck and killed Sunday evening. The 8- to 9-month-old male panther was hit by a vehicle along a Hendry County road in southwest Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. It was the 21st Florida panther death recorded this year. Officials say 16 of the panthers have been struck and killed by vehicles. Scientists believe fewer than 120 Florida panthers remain in the wild, though they are running out of habitat.

MIAMI

60,000 Haitians apply to stay here

About 60,000 Haitians have applied for permission to temporarily stay and work in the United States while their Caribbean homeland recovers from an earthquake, a cholera outbreak and unrest after a disputed presidential vote. The deadline for Haitians to apply for temporary protected status is Jan. 18. Only those who were already living in the United States illegally when the earthquake struck 11 months ago are eligible. Temporary protected status allows immigrants from countries experiencing armed conflict or environmental disasters to stay and work in the United States for 18 months. Officials have said they expected 70,000 to 100,000 Haitians to apply before the deadline.

PALM BAY

Woman charged in cat cruelty case

A central Florida woman faces animal cruelty charges after police say she locked six cats in a closet. Five of the cats died. Faint meows led a police officer to the closet, which was barricaded shut with a toolbox. The officer was called to the home Thursday by a Brevard County animal enforcement officer who was investigating another complaint. Palm Bay police Officer George Santiago found the starving, flea-infested cat inside the closet alongside the decomposing remains of five cats. Police say 30-year-old Suzanne Fountain was charged with five counts of cruelty to animals and one count of abandonment to die.

PANAMA CITY BEACH

Purse in gunman case back on eBay

Bidding has resumed for a purse a woman used to hit a gunman at a Panhandle School Board meeting. The website eBay had stopped the auction Friday because it didn't meet the legal requirements for a charitable listing. But that issue has been resolved and the brown handbag is again up for grabs. Its owner, board member Ginger Littleton, used the purse to whack the gunman's arm. Though Littleton wasn't able to disarm Clay Duke, the purse became a hit. Proceeds will go to a charity run by Mike Jones, the district security chief who wounded the gunman, who then killed himself, last week. The auction is set to end Wednesday.

Associated Press

GOP presidential debate slated for October 2011 in Orlando 12/20/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 20, 2010 10:10pm]

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