PALM BEACH TO CONTINUE HEAD START DESPITE SHUTDOWN
Officials in Palm Beach County have voted to continue funding Head Start services for children despite the federal government shutdown. The board of commissioners decided Tuesday to continue Head Start programs at a cost of $1.2 million to the county through Oct. 25. According to the National Head Start Association, 23 programs across the nation have an Oct. 1 start to their federal grant cycle.
AFRICAN DUE IN FLORIDA COURT ON IRAN URANIUM PLOT
A West African man is due in a Florida federal courtroom to enter a plea on U.S. charges of trying to broker an illegal deal to ship tons of uranium ore from Sierra Leone to Iran. A hearing was set for Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale for 33-year-old Patrick Campbell, who was indicted on a charge of attempting illegal exports to Iran. The charge carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence and up to $1 million fine.
FLORIDA UTILITY PUTTING IN SOLAR POWER AT SCHOOLS
Florida Power & Light is installing solar panels at nearly 100 schools across the state. The state's largest utility announced Tuesday it is starting several solar power initiatives. One project calls for putting in panels at schools and science centers located in 23 counties. FPL said that the electricity generated will be credited back on the school's electric meter to help reduce electric bills.
LION CUBS BORN AT ZOO MIAMI
Zoo Miami is welcoming three lion cubs to its pride. Zoo officials announced the births Tuesday. The cubs — two males and one female — are the first lions born in the zoo's 33-year history. Their mother, a 3-year-old named Kashifa, gave birth Sept. 24. Zoo officials say the baby lions appear to be in excellent health.
COLLIER COUNTY GROUP DROPS OUT OF ASSISTING WITH ACA
One of the two groups tapped to help Collier County's uninsured get enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act has withdrawn from offering its services. The nonprofit Catholic Charities made the decision last week. An official from the nonprofit says the counselor who was supposed to help sign people up for health insurance couldn't complete the training to meet the deadline.