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Fallen Florida soldier to be honored

A Florida soldier will be honored around Florida tomorrow.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has ordered many flags be flown at half-staff to commemorate Private First Class Markie T. Sims, of Citra.  He died December 29, 2012 in Afghanistan while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedon.

All National and State flags will be flown at half-staff at the County Courthouse in Marion County, City Hall in Ocala, and Capitol building in Tallahassee.

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  • The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help identifying two men after an alleged theft at Walmart.   On June 23, 2017, deputies say the two men entered the Walmart, with one leaving a short time later with a portable A/C unit in a shopping cart, after passing all checkout locations.   Deputies say one of the men did not actively participate in the theft, but did enter, move around and exit at the same time as the suspect.   If you can identify either man, you're asked to contact Deputy Fama at (904) 824-8304.
  • Updated at 10:42: The Supreme Court will allow part of the travel ban to take effect; some immigrants will be banned from entering the country.  Update at 10:29 a.m. ET: The  Supreme Court has ruled that it will hear arguments over President Donald Trump’s second executive order banning travel to the United States. Original story: The Supreme Court will rule on Monday whether to hear the challenge to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from several predominately Muslim nations. That executive order and the revised order that followed were both challenged in lower courts, which ruled in favor of the states that brought suit, setting up today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s what can happen Monday and some background on the executive order. What is the ban? The original ban was issued on January 27, 2017, and it did the following: - Suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days - Cut the number of refugees to 50,000 in 2017 - Banned Syrian refugees from entry into the United States indefinitely - Barred immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- from entering the United States for 90 days. >> Read more trending news How was it revised? The revised order, executive order 13780, removed Iraq from the list of nations included in the ban, allowed refugees already approved by the State Department to enter the U.S. and lifted the ban on Syrian refugees. It was to go into effect at midnight on March 16, 2017. What will happen on Monday? The court will do one of three things Monday. It will either uphold Trump’s ban, refuse to hear the case or say it will hear the case in the fall when the court reconvenes. What happens if the Supreme Court rules in Trump’s favor? If the court rules in favor of the administration, the ban can be implemented within 72 hours. What happens if the justices refuse to hear the case? If the justices refuse to review the case, the lower court rulings will stand, stopping the Trump administration from banning entry into the U.S. based on the country from which a person emigrates. Will the Supreme Court hear arguments? Justices could choose to hear arguments about the ban in the fall. In the meantime, the lower court orders would stand. What is the background? President Trump signed an executive order that would ban refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days and would suspend a refugee program for 120 days. It would also ban Syrian refugees from entering the country. That order sparked protests around the country and around the world. The states of Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts and Hawaii filed suits over the ban. In three days, from January 28 to January 31, 50 cases were filed against the order. The courts granted a nationwide temporary restraining order that suspended much of the order. The 9th District Court of Appeals upheld the restraining orders. A revised order was issued in March. That order, like the first, ran into legal challenges. A judge in Hawaii suspended the revised order, ruling that if the ban went into effect, it would likely cause 'irreparable injury' by violating protections granted by the First Amendment against religious discrimination. The judge said tweets by Trump suggested that the order sought to ban people on the basis of their religion, and not in the interest of national security, as Trump had claimed.       
  • A 2-year-old child who was critically injured after being backed over by his mom’s vehicle around Midnight, has died.   According to JSO, Christopher Jackson Jr.’s mom was visiting a relative at the Mathews Crossing Apartments on Century 21 Drive near Atlantic Blvd.  The mother asked a relative to watch the boy so that she could go to the store.  He was able to leave the apartment without the relative’s knowledge, and was struck by his mother as she was backing out of a parking spot.   Family members drove the boy to Memorial Hospital where he later died.   Police say the mother did not exhibit any indications of impairment.  JSO is now calling the case an accidental death.  
  • UPDATE: Palm Bay police have reported that Victoria Stites, missing since Sunday, has been found safe. She was located in Jamaica, New York. No further details were immediately released. ORIGINAL STORY: Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a Florida teen who is missing and considered to be in danger. >> Watch the news report here Victoria Stites, of Palm Bay, is 19, but her mental capacity is lower than her age, Palm Bay police say. She is possibly traveling to Jamaica, New York, with a man she met on Facebook. >> Read more trending news She was last seen Saturday leaving her Palm Bay home, north of Vero Beach, wearing a green shirt and black jeans, and carrying a purple duffel bag.  She has blonde/brown hair and brown eyes. She is about 5-foot-7 and weighs 135 to 140 pounds.  Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-423-TIPS. 

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