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Woman in smiling mugshot faces manslaughter in DUI crash

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman who flashed a big grin in a mugshot following a car crash and DUI arrest now faces a new charge and prison time after a crash victim died.

News outlets report 44-year-old Angenette Marie Welk didn't smile when a new mugshot was taken Saturday at the Marion County Jail in Ocala.

Authorities say 60-year-old Sandra Clarkston died May 14, four days after the three-vehicle crash. The Florida Highway Patrol initially charged Welk with DUI with serious bodily injury. The DUI manslaughter charge carries mandatory prison time.

The smiling mugshot angered Clarkston's family, who said they're glad Welk has been re-arrested.

Attorney Stacy Youmans told the Ocala StarBanner that Welk is "a good-hearted person, a wife, mother and friend who is devastated by what happened."

Man who stormed Trump resort booked into Florida jail

MIAMI (AP) - The man who stormed President Donald Trump's Miami-area golf resort last week has been moved from a hospital to a Florida jail.

Miami-Dade County jail records show 42-year-old Jonathan Oddi of Doral was booked Sunday evening while still wearing what appeared to be a hospital gown.

Police say Oddi stormed the lobby of the Trump National Doral Golf Club early Friday carrying an American flag and shouting about the president. According to police, he fired at a chandelier before exchanging gunfire with officers, who shot him in the legs and took him into custody.

Oddi was held without bond on charges of 2nd-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, burglary with assault, criminal mischief, grand theft and falsely pulling a fire alarm.

9 Investigates pot for pets

It's a hot trend in pain relief for dogs and cats, but is it truly soothing or a new fad?

We've told you about CBD oil, the supplement derived from the marijuana or hemp plant. It’s sold everywhere from health food stores for humans and now animal groomers for pets. 

9 Investigates breaks down the science behind it and separates fact from fiction on the new alternative treatment for animals.

Watch this story Monday on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 5:45 p.m.

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Florida's hurricane fund flush with cash entering storm season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida fund that helps private insurers pay out claims after a hurricane remains in good shape heading into a storm season.

Read: 5 things to know before hurricane season

Despite losses from Hurricane Irma, estimates show the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund will have $17.3 billion available this year. This means that the fund has more money than it would need to pay out if storms racked the state.

The estimates were formally approved last week.

Read: 15 safety tips that could save your life during a hurricane

The financial health of the fund is important because the state can impose a surcharge on most insurance policies to replenish it if the money runs out. Some critics have called the surcharge a "hurricane tax."

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The fund built up its reserves during a lengthy period when there were no storms. The fund is expected to pay out $2 billion for claims associated with Irma.

Rainy season arrives in full force in Sunshine State

MIAMI (AP) - Rainy season hit South Florida with full force over the weekend, bringing heavy rains, flood watches in low-lying areas and a smattering of power outages.

And the outlook isn't making for a happy Monday for much of the sunshine state, where more rain is expected.

The National Weather Service says a flood watch remains in effect until noon in Broward County, where many areas have experienced flooded roads.

The agency says more than 14 inches (35 centimeters) of rain fell near Coconut Creek and 11 inches (27 centimeters) of rain fell in nearby Fort Lauderdale during a 24-hour period from Saturday evening to Sunday evening. Further south, just under 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain fell in Miami Beach.

Opioid makers gave $1 million to Florida politicians, report says

Florida is suing drug companies that have steered more than $1 million to politicians over the last 20 years.

The state last week filed a lawsuit against several drug makers and drug distribution companies. Attorney General Pam Bondi said the lawsuit was designed to recover damages from companies that have caused "pain and destruction" for families.

Local newspapers reported Saturday that an analysis showed that 89 percent of the contributions given out by the companies went to Republican candidates or Republican committees.

The amounts to individual candidates were not large but it was spread out to many candidates and party committees.

The leading donor was Johnson & Johnson, a mega-corporation whose subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, was among the companies that was sued.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

NASA shipper Orbital ATK launches space station supplies

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - One of NASA's prime shippers, Orbital ATK, launched a fresh load of supplies to the International Space Station from Virginia on Monday.

The Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island before dawn, treating early risers along the East Coast to a cosmic light show, at least where skies were clear. The area of visibility stretched from New England to the Carolinas, and as far inland as Pittsburgh and Charlotte.

The 7,400-pound shipment - a third of it research - should reach the orbiting lab Thursday. A flight controller wished the Cygnus capsule "a smooth trip" on the rest of its journey.

"Very exciting morning. Earth's newest spacecraft launched this morning in a column of fire and roar," NASA's space program manager, Kirk Shireman, said from Houston.

The Cygnus holds a student cement-mixing experiment, as well as an atom-cooling chamber from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that uses lasers to get temperatures colder than even space itself. There's also equipment for a spacewalk next month, as well as computers and groceries for the six station astronauts.

Named for the swan constellation, the Cygnus is making Orbital ATK's ninth contracted delivery for NASA. SpaceX is NASA's other supplier.

This particular Cygnus is called the S.S. J.R. Thompson in honor of the former NASA and Orbital ATK executive, who died in November. Launch controllers wore dark suits, white shirts and red ties in memory of Thompson, who dressed that way on the job.

The space station is currently home to three Americans, two Russians and one Japanese. Three of them will return to Earth at the beginning of June, followed by the launch of three new crew members from Kazakhstan.

Report: Opioid makers gave $1 million to Florida politicians

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is suing drug companies that have steered more than $1 million to politicians over the last 20 years.

The state last week filed a lawsuit against several drug makers and drug distribution companies. Attorney General Pam Bondi said the lawsuit was designed to recover damages from companies that have caused "pain and destruction" for families.

The Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald capital bureau reported Saturday that an analysis showed that 89 percent of the contributions given out by the companies went to Republican candidates or Republican committees.

The amounts to individual candidates were not large but it was spread out to many candidates and party committees.

The leading donor was Johnson & Johnson, a mega-corporation whose subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, was among the companies that was sued.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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