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Broward County commissioner steps down

FORT LAUDERDALE

County commissioner steps down

A Broward County commissioner has resigned amid charges of improper involvement in county grants handled by her husband. Diana Wasserman-Rubin said in a letter Tuesday that she was stepping down immediately. Later, Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz's office said she was being charged with seven counts of unlawful compensation. Prosecutors say she pushed for her husband's grants and benefitted from them. A Satz spokesman said Wasserman-Rubin will turn herself in. Several other Broward politicians have faced criminal charges in recent months, including another county commissioner and a School Board member.

Houston

Up to 1,000 jobs to end with shuttle

NASA's top space contractor plans to lay off about 15 percent of its shuttle-related work force, effective Oct. 1, including 800-1,000 workers in Florida. Houston-based United Space Alliance is day-to-day manager of the U.S. space shuttle fleet and handles NASA's International Space Station planning, training and operations. Other layoffs are expected in Texas and Alabama. Just two missions remain in the shuttle program, scheduled for launch no sooner than Nov. 1 and Feb. 26.

MIAMI

Veterans hospital official reassigned

The Veterans Administration hospital director in Miami has been temporarily reassigned after officials found that 74 colonoscopy patients weren't told they may have been exposed to dirty equipment. Dr. Robert Jesse, the VA principal deputy undersecretary for health, said in Tuesday the patients should have been included when about 2,400 former Miami VA patients were notified in March 2009 to get tests for HIV, hepatitis and other infections. Jesse called it an "inexcusable situation" that led to reassigning hospital director Mary Berrocal.

Elsewhere

Miami: Authorities say a 4-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head inside a South Florida home. Police say the gun belonged to a 21-year-old man, who was charged with culpable negligence with a firearm and tampering with evidence.

HOLLYWOOD: Robert Stone, 36, was charged Tuesday with fatally beating another homeless man with a metal pipe after an argument over a cigarette.

Associated Press

Broward County commissioner steps down 07/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 12:34am]

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