Here are some of the best stories from last week from NBC 6 News:
PolitiFact: Biden’s infrastructure plan would not establish a driving tax per mile
A popular viral image on Facebook claims the $ 1,000 billion infrastructure bill passing through Washington would establish a “driving tax” per mile.
The image takes the form of a screenshot of a Newsmax television graphic allegedly detailing “the Biden tax increases.”
“User charge per mile. Estimated at 8 cents per mile,” the slide reads.
“This will be in addition to the fuel tax already in place,” one user wrote in the caption of his post.
The image was reported as part of Facebook’s efforts to tackle fake news and disinformation on its news feed. (Learn more about our partnership with Facebook.)
A provision buried in the 2,700-page infrastructure bill backed by President Joe Biden creates a pilot program to study the effects of a per-mile tax.
However, it is misleading to equate the pilot program with real costs.
Layaway is a thing of the past at many large retailers, but a new payment option is growing in popularity. This is called a point-of-sale loan. NBC 6’s Sasha Jones Reports
Buy now, pay later: what you need to know about the new payment option
Layaway is a thing of the past at many large retailers, but a new payment option is growing in popularity.
This is called a point-of-sale loan.
Previously it was popular for big ticket items, but now it is used to finance the purchase of lower cost items like clothes, shoes, and makeup.
You can choose “Buy Now, Pay Later” online and in thousands of stores.
Typically, this option to finance your purchase appears during checkout. To apply, you need to enter some basic information and often lenders will do a smooth check on your credit.
If approved, you have the option of dividing the larger total into smaller payments. The first payment is due at checkout.
Some buyers may qualify for a zero percent APR.
Miya Marcano murder suspect once had a disturbing incident with another woman: the sheriff
Little is known about Armando Caballero, the 27-year-old suspect in Miya Marcano’s Orlando murder, but new details and body camera footage of an incident involving another woman who rejected him have recently emerged.
In March, Caballero was accused by a tenant of throwing a gymnastic weight against her window in the Sabal Club apartments because she refused to meet him, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
Body camera footage from officers responding to the scene that night showed the broken window in the condo complex.
Because the woman never saw Caballero, no charges were filed in the case, but officers obtained the note that was allegedly written by him inviting the woman to meet him.
Caballero had worked as a housekeeper in the Sabal Club apartments before working in the Arden Villas apartments, where Marcano lived and worked, WESH reported.
Orange County investigators said Caballero was suspected of using a master key fob to enter Marcano’s first-floor apartment at the Arden Villas on Friday, September 24.
Marcano, a Valencia College student, was last seen just before 5 p.m. that Friday; her family reported her missing after she missed a flight back to South Florida that evening.
Next month, Miami Beach voters must decide whether they want the last call for liquor sales dropped to 2 a.m., reports NBC 6’s Ryan Nelson
Business owners and workers protest at 2 a.m. last call in Miami Beach
On Wednesday, Miami Beach-style, dozens of people packed Mango’s Tropical Cafe to protest – in the form of a celebration – against the last call for alcohol canceled at 2 a.m.
The city passed the 2 a.m. cancellation earlier this year to slow crime, but shut down the app this summer after a judge ruled.
“I don’t think this will be an effective way to solve the problem,” said Elizabeth Martinez, a Miami Beach homeowner.
Voters will make their voices heard on the issue in a referendum in November.
Some say it won’t reduce crime, but think it will reduce business.
“Basically it showed it didn’t work,” said Alex Ruiz, manager of Mango’s Tropical Cafe. “The only people who were affected were the people who worked. You mean performers, artists, waitresses.”
Other Miami Beach business owners, like Mitch Novick, disagree.
“Chaos and chaos every day throughout the evening,” said Novick, who also shared a video of the police outside his business on Sunday evening.
Novick says this is the reality of late night liquor sales and thinks the flashback is overdue.
Local funeral homes are struggling to keep up with the high demand. NBC’s Laura Rodriguez Reports 6
South Florida funeral homes struggle to keep up with high demand
More than 55,000 Floridians have died from COVID-19. As with the number of cases, deaths are starting to decline, but local funeral homes are struggling to keep up with demand.
The funeral director at St. Fort’s Funeral Home in North Miami Beach said that by March 2020, the demand for a funeral had more than doubled.
“We have had families who have had to postpone their funeral services for three weeks,” said Evans St. Fort, CEO of St. Fort’s.
In St. Fort’s, they went from about five funerals a day to 10 to 15 a day.
“We have been hit as hard as health care providers in terms of physical demands,” Gary Freytag, president of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.
Funeral directors and staff have been on the front lines throughout the pandemic. They say it’s a difficult balance between helping families find closure, staff constraints, and overall availability.
Homeowners say they paid thousands of dollars to build swimming pools, but the company they hired hasn’t completed the work. NBC 6’s Sasha Jones Reports
Homeowners say pool contractor took money but failed to complete the job
Homeowners say they paid thousands of dollars to build swimming pools, but the company they hired hasn’t completed the work.
NBC Responds and Telemundo Responde Units across the state have been contacted by frustrated owners.
“I wanted a pool so my kids could do something,” said Angel Lacasse.
Lacasse says he contracted with Villa Pavers and Pools in December 2019 to build a swimming pool in his backyard. The total cost of the project has been estimated at $ 25,000.
But over a year later, he says he still doesn’t have a pool.
“I don’t have a garden. My kids can’t go there and play, ”Lacasse said. “All he did was pour concrete. After I paid him that amount of money, he just disappeared.
Lacasse says that after paying about $ 21,000, all work ceased.
“He refused to go out and work,” Lacasse said.
Lacasse is not the only frustrated owner. We also heard from two owners in Orlando in a similar situation with the same business. An owner in Tampa and another in Holiday, Florida also shared similar stories.