The SoFlo Scoop: FIU explosion scare; Florida Supreme Court opening; Good news for South Florida job seekers

2016-09-13T19:18:19+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Wednesday, Sept. 14. Miami is expected to have a high of 87 and low of 80 on a mostly cloudy day, while Key West will see morning thunderstorms with a high of 86 and a low of 81. Fort Lauderdale will have a mostly cloudy day and a high of 87 and a low of 80, while those in Naples will experience a mostly cloudy morning and scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Naples has an expected high of 87 and a low of 75. Time to get smart fast:

  • The FIU Modesto A. Maidique campus was on high alert Monday night following a bomb scare. Police shut down the Florida Turnpike between Bird Road and SW 8th Street and alerted students to avoid the west side of campus while the threat was being investigated. After about 90 minutes, police issued an all-clear, signaling that nothing had been found. Miami Herald
  •  An opening on the Florida Supreme Court will give Gov. Rick Scott the chance to appoint his first pick on the bench, a move that is expected to give the court more conservative voices. Justice James E.C. Perry, 72, appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2009, is required to retire due to his age by state law. A Judiciary Commission is set to present a list of nominees to the governor by November. CBS Miami
  • The projection for hiring in South Florida from October to December is among the best in the country according to a survey released Tuesday by Manpower, a global staffing company. Sun-Sentinel
  •  The Miami Dolphins unveiled their new “Color Rush” uniforms on Tuesday. Their new attire will be bright orange with the players’ numbers in white. The Dolphins will debut the uniforms on Thursday, Sept. 29 during their game in Cincinnati. NBC 6
  • Former U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia walked back statements made in Key West over the weekend that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “is under no illusions that you want to have sex with her, or that she’s going to seduce you.” He claimed to have been referring to Clinton’s exemplary focus in “getting things done, and not on the gender stereotypes and biases women in public life are frequently subjected to.” Garcia apologized for the comment Tuesday. Miami Herald
  • A man who issued a threat against the LGBT community in Wilton Manors will be transported to South Florida to face federal charges. Craig Allen Jungwirth, 50, of Orange County, allegedly posted a video statement on Facebook last week stating “none of you deserve to live” and made reference to the Pulse nightclub shootings. He was previously held in Seminole County. Sun-Sentinel

— Yaneli Gonzalez and Chris Rodriguez, South Florida News Service