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    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Lontrell Williams, also known as rapper Pooh Shiesty, will remain in jail for now. Williams, 21, was arrested for an incident at a South Florida gentleman’s club where he is accused of shooting a security guard. READ MORE: Coral Gables Man Refuses To Sell Family House Swallowed By Massive Development That man...
    Jim DeFede and the congresswoman delved into a number of topics, including the Supreme Court ruling this week that keeps the Affordable Care Act as is. GUEST: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-FL 23rd District
    Jim DeFede followed up his special half hour from a few weeks ago on the rise of misinformation and disinformation in Spanish language media here in South Florida, especially when it comes to Spanish language radio. A recent report highlighted the spread of misinformation after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. READ MORE:...
    Jim DeFede followed up his special half hour from a few weeks ago on the rise of misinformation and disinformation in Spanish language media here in South Florida, especially when it comes to Spanish language radio. The focus this time around was the report, which came out earlier this week, that had been looking into...
    Jim DeFede followed up last week’s special half hour on the spike in gun violence in South Florida and what’s being done about it. This week, the focus pivoted to a conversation with three community activists. READ MORE: Miami PD Needs Help Locating 12-Year-Old Chelsea Guardado GUESTS: READ MORE: Miami Weather: Summer ‘Muggies’ & Afternoon...
    Jim DeFede devoted the entire half-hour to explore the recent uptick in gun violence across Miami-Dade, specifically the mass shooting at a banquet hall in northwest Miami-Dade. He explored the role social media plays in these incidents. READ MORE: Scientists Working On Robot That Can Detect All Kinds Of Emotions In Hopes Of Helping Patients...
    Jim DeFede interviewed Lori Alhadeff, a Broward School Board member and mother of Parkland victim Alyssa. Alhadeff is a leading critic of outgoing Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. GUEST: Lori Alhadeff, Broward School Board Member and Parkland Mom
    State lawmakers will be back in Tallahassee on Monday for the special session on gambling. Jim DeFede interviewed the president of the No Casinos campaign on the controversial issue. GUEST: John Sowinski, President of No Casinos
    Jim DeFede interviewed the most powerful Republican in the Florida legislature, Senate President Wilton Simpson. The two discussed, among other things, the regular session, which just ended, and the upcoming special session on gambling. Simpson also revealed big news about the push for casino gambling here in South Florida. GUEST: State Sen. Wilton Simpson, Florida...
    Jim DeFede got an exclusive with former Florida governor and Congressman Charlie Crist on his announcement that he is seeking his old job back and will be seeking the nomination to run against Ron DeSantis in 2022. This is Crist’s first and only South Florida one-on-one interview since making his announcement earlier in the week....
    Jim DeFede took an up-close look at the closing week of the 2021 state legislative session, including the 11th-hour revival and passage of the controversial transgender athletes bill ban, which the governor has said he will sign into law. GUESTS: State Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-District 38/Miami-Dade State Sen. Lauren Book, D)-District 32/Broward
    Jim DeFede took an in-depth look at the ongoing controversy swirling around the Centner Academy, a Miami private school, whose CEO has told teachers they risk getting fired if they get the COVID vaccine. He looked back at his week’s worth of investigative reports into the story that has made national headlines and has gotten...
    Jim DeFede spoke with State Sen. Shevrin Jones and LaToya Ratlieff, who was injured during protests last summer, about the just-passed bill targeting protests. Is it targeting violent protests or specific protests?  Are their racial undertones to HB1?
    Jim DeFede spoke with the Florida Agriculture Commissioner about her political future. He pressed her on if she will run for governor in 2022 and why was she granted a medical marijuana card recently. DeFede also asked her the tough questions she might be asked should she challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis in two years.
    Jim DeFede spoke with Jared Moskowitz, the director of the Florida Division of the Department of Emergency Management, regarding his criticism of last week’s “60 Minutes” report on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ vaccination policies.
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke with Jim DeFede about the passing of longtime South Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings, who she regards as a mentor and a pillar of the community. Hastings was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2018. He died Tuesday, April 6, at the age of 84.
    On this Sunday’s edition of Facing South Florida, Jim DeFede focused on the cruise industry’s efforts to undermine voters in Key West, who overwhelmingly supported three referendums to limit the size of cruise ships docking in Key West to protect the environment. In the first segment, DeFede spoke with Arlo Haskell, with the committee for...
    On this Sunday’s edition of Facing South Florida, Jim DeFede delved into the concerns being raised over the ongoing spring break situation, including the racial overtones associated with that. GUESTS: Luther Campbell, Community Activist Former State Sen. Dwight Bullard, President of the South Miami-Dade Chapter of the NAACP
    Congresswoman Val Demings, a Democrat, represents the Orlando area. As Orlando’s former police chief, she understands the pain of a mass shooting, such as the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre where 49 people were killed. DeFede spoke with Demings about gun control, following the two mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder. Demings is also considering a...
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with Miami’s incoming police chief. Art Acevdeo, who is the police chief in Houston, was a surprise choice to succeed Jorge Colina. The announcement came earlier this week. Acevedo is expected to officially become Miami’s top cop in May.
    On Sunday’s edition of Facing South Florida, Jim DeFede explored the shadowy efforts of a small group of wealthy men and powerful lawmakers to bring Las Vegas-style casinos to South Florida. One of them men is billionaire Jeffrey Soffer, who wants a casino for the Fontainebleau Hotel, which he owns. READ MORE: Before There Was...
    Jim DeFede has exclusive details on a story he has been following for two years, involving unsafe working conditions facing the people who clean planes and handle baggage for Eulen America. Eulen employees were also threatened and intimidated if they complained. READ MORE: South Florida Organization Rescues 5 Dogs From Meat Market In China Now,...
    Sunday’s edition of Facing acknowledged the one-year mark since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a global pandemic with a story not seen before. It’s the story of Miami-Dade County employees who are truly forgotten heroes of the pandemic. You will get to know them as they go about their job with purpose and dignity caring...
    It’s Women’s History Month, a time to highlight women who are breaking the glass ceiling in their respective fields. Lauren Pastrana spoke with an expert about the new White House gender policy council. GUEST: Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, UM Law Professor
    This past week marked one year of the coronavirus in Florida. Now, the state is approaching 2 million cases, and more than 31,000 lives lost statewide. READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 4,098 Additional Cases, 66 Deaths Reported Sunday Lauren Pastrana spoke with two local mayors, separately, about their initial responses, what they would have done...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — CBS4’s Jim DeFede devotes the entire half-hour to his exclusive one-on-one with Florida’s senior senator Marco Rubio. The two discuss a wide-range of topics from immigration, the insurrection at the capitol., and the impeachment trial, to the talk that Ivanka Trump might challenge him for his Senate seat in 2022 and whether...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Beach police said they have arrested 7 people following a narcotics and human trafficking investigation. They said the arrests followed simultaneous search warrants along the 700 block of Jefferson Avenue on Thursday evening. READ MORE: I Am The Proof That God Exists, South Florida Woman Beats Coronavirus 150 Days After Being...
    The Biden administration unveiled its proposal to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. Al Cárdenas, the former head of the Florida Republican Party, spoke with Jim DeFede about how he hopes to convince his fellow Republicans this issue needs to be resolved.
    Jared Moskowitz, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, is stepping down. Moskowitz has been leading the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Jim DeFede spoke with Moskowitz about his decision to resign.
    President Biden is on track to sign the most executive orders of any president during the first month in office since FDR in 1933. Several of his actions are focused on equity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Lauren Pastrana spoke with a civil rights and criminal attorney, who is also the...
    February is Black History Month. Part of that history includes instances of scientific misconduct that has led to African-American mistrust of the medical community, and in turn the new COVID-19 vaccine. Lauren Pastrana spoke with two local healthcare experts about how to help heal those decades-old wounds in these particularly concerning times. GUESTS: Dr. Tina...
    Jim interviews State Representative Daniel Perez, who is in line to be the next Speaker of the Florida House. Perez is a Republican who represents the state’s 116th House district, which includes part of Miami-Dade County. They discuss a variety of topics ahead of the opening of the legislative session early next month,...
    The loss this week of FBI agents Laura Schwartzenberger and Daniel Alfin hit all of those in law enforcement but especially those who worked with them. Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede spoke this week to retired FBI agent Richard Stout about his two fallen colleagues. Trending On CBSMiami.com ‘This Pillow Fight Just Got Very...
    Jim DeFede interviewed Congressman Charlie Crist, who is interested in challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022 to get his old job back. The two discuss that, the COVID relief bill and the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
    BOCA RATON (CBSMiami) – A South Florida mother is facing some extremely disturbing charges involving her baby. Ashly Kestler of Boca Raton is in jail in Broward County, facing charges of aggravated child abuse and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Plantation police arrested the 27-year-old last Thursday after reports of a child...
    On his first day in office, President Joe Biden proposed sweeping immigration reform that would create a pathway for citizenship to 11 million people in this country illegally. The proposed law would also protect Dreamers, allowing them to apply for citizenship in three years. But is this the right time for such a measure? And...
    Jim DeFede took a closer look at the two central themes of Joe Biden’s inaugural address: unity and truth. Can Joe Biden unite a divided country especially given the spread of lies and disinformation? DeFede discussed the challenges Biden is facing with Mo Elleithee, executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Politics and Public Interest,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — We are awaiting a judge’s ruling in a federal lawsuit held in Miami, asking that Florida Senate Bill 168, outlawing so-called ‘sanctuary cities’, be declared unconstitutional. The bill requires local law enforcement help federal agents round up undocumented immigrants. There were no sanctuary cities in our state. Critics say the bill led...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Jim DeFede interviews Congresswoman Frederica Wilson about the deadly insurrection at the Capitol and the impeachment vote in the House against President Donald Trump plus Martin Luther King Jr. Day. TRENDING ON CBSMIAMI.COM Fired Florida Data Scientist Rebekah Jones Turning Herself In After Arrest Warrant Issued Reports Of Unexplained Shaking...
    Jim DeFede interviewed Congressman Ted Deutch in the aftermath of the crisis at the Capitol. They discussed about moving forward with impeachment, invoking the 25th Amendment and the president’s refusal to attended the Biden inauguration. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Macy’s To Close 45 More Stores In 2021, Including Two In Florida Death Of South Florida Doctor...
    Jim DeFede interviewed Jared Moskowitz, the president of Florida Emergency Management, about all things COVID vaccine, including his defense of the state rollout to this point. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Macy’s To Close 45 More Stores In 2021, Including Two In Florida Death Of South Florida Doctor Who Took Coronavirus Vaccine Being Investigated South Florida Seniors...
    Jim DeFede interviewed the former congressman on how U.S. policy toward Cuba is likely to change when Joe Biden becomes president.
    Jim DeFede went one-on-one with Jared Moskowitz, the director of Florida Emergency Management to talk about, among other things, the vaccine rollout in South Florida and statewide.
    Jim DeFede interviewed Miami-Dade County’s newest commissioner, Danielle Cohen Higgins. She was appointed earlier this week to fill the seat made vacant when Daniella Levine Cava was elected county mayor last month.
    Jim DeFede and the outgoing congresswoman discussed, among other things, her election loss to former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and what’s next for her. GUEST: Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell More from CBSMiami.com Sun Sentinel Investigation: Gov. Ron DeSantis Has Mislead Public On Pandemic Since Day 1 Man Accused Of Stealing Baby Pacifier Turns Out To Be...
    Jim DeFede interviewed Feeding South Florida CEO Paco Velez about the extreme challenges of providing food during a pandemic to the thousands who are now living with food insecurity. The two also discussed, among other things, how prepared they are for the next three weeks leading up to the holidays. GUEST: Feeding South Florida CEO...
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