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Stolen gun found at St. Lucie County school, teen arrested

A 16-year-old Port St. Lucie boy was arrested Wednesday after he brought a stolen gun onto a school campus, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office

Demand increases as more groups become eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Programs helping close Indian River County vaccination gap

COVID-19 vaccine: home health care workers can register online

State's deaths rise by 132 after 136 day before, cases up 6,014 vs. 7,179

Calls for safety changes following violent crash in Lake Worth Beach

Walkable clinic helps West Palm Beach community

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West Palm Beach VA offering vaccine to all veterans

College counselor shares new insight into application process

Okeechobee woman helps neighbor save hurricane-damaged home

Palm Beach County entering 'last chapter' of COVID-19 pandemic, mayor says

'It smelled like death,' man says of methane gas-filled home

New Universal theme park, Epic Universe, resumes construction

Fowler, Mickelson to play in Honda Classic

Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson are joining the star-studded field at the Honda Classic.

FEMA vaccination sites open across Florida, each can vaccinate 3,000 people per day

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke in Zephyrhills Wednesday morning.

Job fair for recent nursing graduates promises signing bonus in West Palm Beach

The St. Mary's Medical Center and The Palm Beach Children’s Hospital is holding a job fair for recent nursing graduates on Wednesday.

  Veterans can get vaccinated in Fort Pierce without appointment on Wednesday

Eligible Veterans aged 65 and older, employed as essential frontline workers, younger than 65 with underlying medical conditions will be prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  New vaccine priority groups able to book Publix appointments Wednesday

Educators hopeful after Biden says all teachers eligible for vaccine

Partnership moving historic Lake Worth Beach hotel forward

This year's Honda Classic Lilly Pulitzer print

New COVID-19 vaccination site opens in Martin County

New K-3 school in Northwood Village tackles 'COVID slide'

Woman killed on Singer Island saves life through kidney donation

Nearly three months after Maria Tritico was tragically killed by a stray bullet on Singer Island, her life continues to live on inside Donna Haskins, a longtime family friend and former prosecutor in Houston, Texas.

COVID-19 still felt by families with loved ones in group homes

It's been a long and challenging year for Jaclyn Merens, whose 36-year-old son, Daniel, has autism and lives in a group home. COVID-19 kept her from visiting him for months, until visiting restrictions were lifted in September. Merens sits down with Contact 5 and reflects on the past year.

COVID-19 vaccine available to more groups starting Wednesday

Starting on Wednesday, more people in Florida will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

'Big Brothers, Big Sisters' celebrates 50 years of friendship

Jim Martz and Dr. Andrew Hope are going down memory lane to when they first met.

Poll: DeSantis remains electable among Florida voters

One year into the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis has strong support among Florida voters.

Doctor makes plea for doses to vaccinate public

Physicians have largely been left out of the COVID-19 vaccine supply.

State’s deaths pass 31,000 residents with 136 increase; cases spike 7,179 after 1,700 day before

Florida's coronavirus deaths of residents passed 31,000 with 136 increase as cases surged by 7,179 after 1,700. Total daily tests surged to 148,112. First-time positivity rates drop: Florida to 5.69%, Palm Beach County to 5.41%.

Martin County workshop to address student mental health

The Martin County School District is holding a virtual meeting to lay out the services available to support the mental health of students.

Coast Guard calls off search for pilot after plane disappears

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for an 87-year-old pilot whose small plane disappeared off the coast of South Florida.

Volcano Bay water park reopens in Orlando

Water theme park reopened to guests on Saturday, February 27.

Heart-shaped sculpture unveiled in Boynton Beach

A new sculpture was unveiled Tuesday in Boynton Beach that pays tribute to first responders and health care workers.

Caruso takes on Petrolia in bid to become mayor

Shelly Petrolia is in the midst of a contentious race to remain mayor of Delray Beach.

Tuesday is National Read Across America Day

Tuesday is National Read Across America Day!

Mets defeat Astros in spring training home opener

The New York Mets began their home spring training schedule Tuesday afternoon at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie.

Alzheimer's Association releases report on race, ethnicity disparities

The Alzheimer’s Association released a special report Tuesday on ‘Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer’s.’

Unemployment, marijuana, social media and more on agenda for Florida lawmakers

The COVID-19 pandemic, budget questions, anti-riot legislation, and an attempt to reign in large technology companies will be among issues Florida lawmakers will take up in their 60-day session that begins Tuesday.

Palm Beach County schools hosting substitute teacher virtual recruitment event

The need for substitute teachers in Palm Beach County schools remains critical, so the district is launching a new effort to recruit candidates.

City of West Palm Beach honors victims of COVID-19

This day remembers those who lost their lives from COVID-19 and honors those who continue to feel the impact.

Treasure Coast educators say all teachers should be eligible for the vaccine

Teachers 50 years and older are now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in Florida.

Hamilton gets 5-year extension with Seminoles

Leonard Hamilton has agreed to a contract extension with Florida State that will keep him there through the 2024-25 season.

Department of Health in Martin County to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at Treasure Square Mall

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County announced Monday that the vaccine will be offered Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for residents 65 and older and health care workers with direct patient contact.

Veterans getting out of isolation with the help of horses

A longtime dream for Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation becomes a reality - combining horses, local veterans, and their families.

Teen who loved animals dies after battle with cancer

A Treasure Coast teenager who had a passion for saving animals has lost her battle with aggressive cancer.

Delray Beach woman helping female entrepreneurs brand their businesses

On March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day, Campbell Creative is offering a free webinar for women looking to brand their businesses.

Molecular PCR COVID-19 testing now available at PBIA

For travelers planning to fly to a location where a negative PCR test is required, the Palm Beach International Airport has partnered with a company to provide Molecular PCR COVID-19 tests to those flying out of West Palm Beach.

Florida expands COVID-19 vaccine to law enforcement, firefighters, teachers

Exactly one year after the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 surfaced in Florida, the Sunshine State is allowing more people to get vaccinated against the deadly virus.

Woman arrested after abandoning 3 children, PBSO says

A Louisiana woman is under arrest for child neglect after authorities say she abandoned three children in three different places on Monday and took off.

Johnson & Johnson vaccines could arrive in Florida this week

The federal government approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this past weekend, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed it will soon be coming to Florida.

Port St. Lucie officer arrested after domestic disturbance

A Port St. Lucie officer faces a battery charge following a domestic disturbance with his wife Saturday evening, police said.

Discussion held on COVID-19's impact on minority communities

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, was joined by state lawmakers and local health officials to hold a virtual discussion on the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color.

Discussion held on COVID-19's impact on minority communities

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, was joined by state lawmakers and local health officials to hold a virtual discussion on the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color.

Health experts seek to curb impact of COVID on minorities

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, was joined by state lawmakers and local health officials Monday for a virtual discussion on the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color.

Woman accused of attempting to strangle person with cord

A 43-year-old woman faces multiple charges, including attempted murder, after Port St. Lucie police said she tried to strangle a person.

State’s cases rise 1,700, lowest in 4.5 months, year after first infections; deaths up 145

On one-year anniversary of first reported coronavirus cases in Florida, infections rose by 1,700, lowest since 1,533 on Oct. 12, as deaths rose by 147 with residents' toll `30,999. Only 33,559 daily tests. First-time positivity rates: Florida down to 6.32%, Palm Beach County up to 6.96%.

Florida Sports Hall of Fame opening in Port St. Lucie

Sports fans who know their geography can easily identify Cooperstown and Canton has the homes for the baseball and football Hall of Fame. A Treasure Coast city could one day be on that list, now that it's host to some of Florida's finest athletes.

First coronavirus cases in Florida announced 1 year ago

It's been exactly one year since Florida announced its first two coronavirus cases.

Florida to expand COVID-19 vaccine to law enforcement, firefighters, teachers

Exactly one year after the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 surfaced in Florida, the Sunshine State is allowing more people to get vaccinated against the deadly virus.

New pickleball courts open in Boca Raton

Six new pickleball courts opened Monday in Boca Raton.

Disappearing seagrass hurting manatees in Florida

Tens of thousands of acres of seagrass that is critical to the health of the Indian River Lagoon have disappeared, and it's affecting manatees.

Woman in custody after abandoning 3 children, PBSO says

A woman is in custody and under investigation for child abuse after authorities say she left three children alone in three different places on Monday and took off.

Open enrollment for Martin County schools start Monday

Controlled Open Enrollment begins Monday and in the Martin County School District, there are more options for parents to choose from.

Victim of ID theft scheme with SBA loan now faces lien

Two victims of identity theft involving small businesses disaster relief loans now have liens against them, Contact 5 first exposed the problem in September 2020, when five individuals from around the country had SBA Disaster Relief Loans taken out in their names.

FWC implements new regulations for flounder amid population decline

Flounder is a popular species that officials said is declining in certain areas in Florida.

Palm Beach County school leaders search for thousands of missing students

Thousands of Palm Beach County students were discovered to be missing this school year. They were enrolled in the school district, but were not attending classes either in-person or virtually.

Entrepreneur looks to community after fire damages Jupiter Farms food truck

There's a food truck in Jupiter Farms that was really gaining momentum until fire ripped through it last week.

Jupiter businesses hope for big boost as spring training begins

For many restaurants and bars in Jupiter, the spring training season means "platter up." It is boosting the hopes of restaurants that are still feeling the impact of the pandemic.

Batter up: spring training begins in Jupiter

Spring training is in full swing over at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter.

Man dies after being struck in traffic in Boynton Beach

A man died after being struck in traffic Saturday in Boynton Beach.

State’s deaths rise by 118 day after 110; cases’ increase 5,539 vs. 5,459

Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 5,539 and deaths increased by 118 , one day before the year anniversary of the first two cases announced in state. Total daily tests: 102,003. First-time positivity rates rise: Florida to 6.4%, Palm Beach County to 6.04%.

1 killed in small plane crash in Martin County

One person was killed in a small plane crash at a Martin County airport.

Trailer detaches from truck, fatally injures motorcyclist on Indian River Drive

A motorcyclist died as a result of a crash Saturday on Indian River Drive in St. Lucie County.

Drivers of exotic cars participating in charity rally ticketed

Drivers in a charity rally were ticketed for speeding, careless driving, and running a red light as they moved through Indian River County Sunday morning.

Motorcyclist killed in high-speed crash in Boynton Beach

A motorcyclist died Saturday night after crashing into a car.

'Borat' sequel could triumph at bicoastal Golden Globe Awards

Which movie will be the big winner at the Golden Globe Awards? Don't sleep on "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm."

Groundbreaking ceremony for 'The Root' held in Fort Pierce

Avenue D in Fort Pierce has been in decline in recent years. But big changes are coming to Lincoln Park.

COVID-19 vaccination clinic held for veterans in Fort Pierce

Some veterans on the Treasure Coast had a chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.

Detectives investigate shooting in Royal Palm Beach

Detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Division are investigating a shooting in Royal Palm Beach.

State’s cases pass 1.9 million total with 5,459 increase; deaths rise by 110 day after 121

Florida's coronavirus cases passed 1.9 million two days before year anniversary of first two infections with increase of 5,459 as deaths rose by 110 after 146 Friday. Total daily tests: 115,976. First-time positivity rates rise: Florida to 5.61%, Palm Beach County to 5.8%.