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April 2014 Archives

Florida semi-truck accident injures 7, kills 2

A four-vehicle crash in Jacksonville on the afternoon of April 11 has left seven people injured and two dead. The accident was caused by a semi-truck that slammed into a Beetle and SUV, which were stopped behind a school bus. The occupants of the SUV -- a 40-year-old driver and 65-year-old passenger -- were killed in the semi-truck accident. The driver died at the scene of the crash, while the passenger died at a nearby hospital.

Undocumented students may benefit from Florida legislation

The state of Florida is home to a large number of undocumented immigrant minors who were brought to the U.S. by their parents. Child immigrants are afforded the right to enroll in public schools up until the end of high school. However, when it comes time to go to college, undocumented students are not entitled to receive in-state tuition rates at almost any of Florida's universities. Miami Dade College and Florida International University are the only two schools in South Florida that give tuition waivers to undocumented immigrants, allowing them to pay the same amount as students who are legal state residents.

Spinal implants cause paralysis; negligent doctors accused

Spinal implants have become popular in Florida and around the United States, because they offer a way to reduce pain for those with ongoing back pain. But, when a spinal implant goes wrong, is it medical malpractice? In this case, a 66-year-old man had the implant attached only to have it backfire and result in his paralysis from the waist down. He is only one of over 100 people who have had partial or permanent paralysis due to the spinal-cord stimulators, according to the report.

Decision near on residency status of Iranian immigrant

A federal judge has given the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, 60 days to make a final determination on the application for permanent residency filed by an Iranian immigrant in April of 2001. After waiting for twelve years for his application to be approved or denied, the immigrant filed a lawsuit against the government forcing it to make a decision in his immigration case. While this case is unique, the courts will generally find a delay in excess of six years to be unreasonable for immigrants seeking permanent residency in Florida or anywhere in the United States.

Florida woman injures multiple people, kills 3 in car accident

If you've ever been hurt by a car crash or pedestrian accident in Florida, this case may sound familiar. This tragic incident is a good reminder of why drivers should pay attention on the roads and be sure they aren't distracted when driving. The April 4 report states that a Florida woman has allegedly killed three people in a car accident when she backed into them.

Officials deny papal role in release of immigrant from custody

Some Florida residents might be disappointed by the claim of U.S. officials that the temporary release of a Mexican national from a detention facility has nothing to do with the pope. The man's 10-year-old daughter had traveled from the United States to the Vatican with a group of children of undocumented workers to ask the pope to speak to President Obama about their parents' plights. When the girl had a chance to speak to the pope, she told him her father was suffering.

Miramar, Florida, woman killed in pedestrian trucking accident

This story about a woman killed in Miramar may not surprise you, since she was a pedestrian at the time of the crash and the roadways in Florida can be dangerous at night. According to the news out of Florida, the woman was killed by a tractor-trailer passing through the area. The March 27 report claims that the 49-year-old woman was using her electric wheelchair when she was hit, and the tractor-trailer driver may not have been aware that she had been struck until he was much further down the road.

Perspective on immigration changing

Attitudes regarding immigration seem to be changing in Florida as at least one Republican has done a complete turnaround in his views on the topic. Three years ago, he wanted to pass a tough bill to discourage immigration. Recently, he expressed his support for a bill that would give in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants who were in college. He explained that even he, whose ancestors had arrived in this country in the 17th century, was an immigrant and that he supported providing undocumented immigrants an education since they planned to live here. He elaborated that the status of parents should not affect how much tuition a student pays.

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