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Advocates: Florida to suffer if Trump cuts immigrant program


immigration advocates warn of economic risk

Immigrant advocates and officials are warning Florida's economy could suffer if the U.S. government does not renew a program that protects almost 45,000 Haitians and Central Americans in the state from deportation.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime said Friday that Florida could lose nearly $2 billion annually if President Donald Trump's administration does not renew Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, Hondurans and Salvadorans.

Haitian-born Monestime worries immigrants working in construction and service industries would lose work permits. Groups say there are thousands of U.S.-born children with parents under the program.

The humanitarian program staves off deportation to countries ravaged by war or natural disasters, such as Haiti's 2010 earthquake.

Previous administrations had renewed the program over the years.

Haitians received a shorter renewal in May that expires in January. Hondurans and Nicaraguans should learn of their status early next month.


47 guns stolen, daughter accused

A Florida woman has been arrested after authorities say she stole 47 guns from her ailing father's collection.

Volusia County Sheriff's officials say 58-year-old Robert Carter suffered a stroke last year. He recently moved to a rehab center and asked family members to check on his home and gun collection after Hurricane Irma. Authorities said a tree fell on his house during the storm.

Authorities arrested his daughter, 30-year-old Crystal Gorman, on Thursday, charging her with grand theft and 19 counts of dealing in stolen property.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports she sold the firearms to pawn shops. Authorities said they could trace the weapons because Carter had a list of their serial numbers. Most already had been resold.

Gorman is being held without bond. It's unclear if she had an attorney to comment on the charges.


Deputies called to scene return fire

A man was shot by deputies after they say he fired at them, prompting a school and church to go on lock down.

Escambia County sheriff's officials say the unidentified man walked into a Panhandle bank Friday morning and told employees to call the police or someone would get hurt. He fled the bank, and deputies caught up with him near Redeemer Lutheran Church and School.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Chip Simmons said the suspect fired at deputies, and they returned fire. The suspect was taken to the hospital.

His condition was not known.

The Pensacola News Journal reported that a deputy suffered minor injuries but no other details were released about the incident.

The school was on lock down for about 30 minutes.

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Killings could bring death sentence

A Florida man faces a possible death sentence for killing his wife and her two children.

Luis Toledo, 35, was found guilty Friday of two counts of first-degree murder and one count to second-degree murder.

His sentencing phase begins Wednesday.

Authorities say 28-year-old Yessenia Suarez, 9-year-old Thalia Otto and 8-year-old Michael Otto went missing in October 2013, a day after Toledo confronted Suarez at work about an affair.

Blood was found at the couple's Deltona home, but no bodies have ever been found.

Associated Press