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The 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards stage is set for this year's star-studded award presentations and performances airing live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

The most prestigious award show in Latin music in the world will broadcast live on NBC 6's sister station Telemundo 51 starting at 7 p.m. with the arrival of the stars during the red-carpet pre-show.

Artists such as Marc Anthony, Nicky Jam, Romeo Santos, Luis Fonsi and Ozuna are expected to make worldwide premieres of their latest work during the broadcast.

Renowned actress, TV host and influencer Gaby Espino returns for hosting duties during the three-hour award ceremony that will feature TV, film, and music stars and presenters that include Ana Jurka, Dr. Ana Maria Polo, Chocquibtown, Elyfer Torres, Erick Elias, Eugenio Derbez, Gente de Zona among many others.

International Bachata singer Juan Luis Guerra will be honored with the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his 35-year musical career.

Other special performers include J Balvin, Rosalia, Sean Paul, Adriel Favela, Fosenca Anitta, Bad Bunny, Becky G, Carlos Vives, CNCO, Karol G, Reik, Sebastian Yatra and Wisin among many others.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the culmination of Billboard's Latin Music Week which take place from April 22 thru April 25 at the Venetian Las Vegas.

Fans can follow all the action of the Billboard Latin Music Awards on their website PremiosBillboard.com and on social media by typing @LatinBillboards on all platforms.


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In one corner of the room, students are working on designing catapults. In another, they're running their robots through practice drills, while a different group is working on a wind tunnel.

This is how they manufacture engineers at Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Miami, it's all about hands-on learning in the engineering magnet program.

"They have the opportunity to build robots, to code, to play around with circuits, create wind tunnels, that kind of thing, so it's really putting those science practices they learn in physical science and chemistry and actually putting them into practice," explained Oriana Montaque, the science department chair.

The school also has a heaven-sent tool no other high school in the county has: a working planetarium. It provides a window on the cosmos for the students in the astronomy magnet program. Through a partnership with NASA, the kids take field trips to the Kennedy Space Center and NASA sends scientists to the school as guest lecturers.

"There's something about astronomy in terms of being able to walk outside and look up and to know what you're looking at, is a thrill that I see in their eyes, being able to identify the different planets and have a connection with the earth itself and the universe," said Natan Samuels, the planetarium director.

Booker T. is historic, the second-oldest high school in Miami, but with less than a thousand students, teachers are able to provide more one-on-one attention.

"We have very small class sizes which makes this a very special place in the sense that the teacher-student ratio really helps," said William Aristide, the school's principal.

The Tornadoes band can blow the roof off. Music is part of the mission to emphasize the arts here. The students in the fine arts course regularly win competitions, so there's obviously talent here and these days it's nurtured by a teacher who's also an architect.

"We have all the arts, musical theatre, whatever is necessary for kids to be successful, we try to expose them to it here at Booker T Washington," Aristide said.

Of course, that includes athletics. The school has had powerhouse football teams for years. Now they have the academic programs to match their success on the field.


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In 2016, Odilio Moreira boarded up a house he bought in Goulds and shut down water service at the property. So you can imagine his surprise when he received a bill for thousands of dollars.

“Flipped out, flipped out,” he said. “The place has been closed for almost three years.”

According to Odilio, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department initially told him there had been a leak on the property and that even though the account had been closed, he was still on the hook for the usage.

“It’s your property, it’s your responsibility,” he said he was told. “I understand but again I didn’t request the service, I didn’t request the account, I didn’t use the water.”

Odilio said he fixed the leak on the property and showed proof of the repair. Still, he said he was told he didn’t qualify for any credits. He was able to eventually connect with someone at the water department who promised to review his case. While he waited, he said he received an alarming letter saying his property could have a lien put on it.

“So that’s when I called you guys,” he said.

The water department sent NBC 6 the following statement, explaining what happened:

“WASD has been working with Mr. Moreira to resolve this issue. During the investigation, staff took the opportunity to test the water meter since it fell within the timeframe of its scheduled testing. While in this particular case, the meter ran slightly higher than the proper operating standards, which resulted in the customer receiving the credit on his bill, it is important to note that property owners should be vigilant in ensuring that their properties remain protected if left vacant for long periods of time. In this case, Mr. Moreira’s water meter had been tampered with after WASD had secured it after the last tenant had closed their account. Property owners should make regular site visits to ensure the property is properly maintained and should make sure to verify that there is no water usage being registered on their meter.”

Odilio received a credit on his account for $4,360.31, putting an end to his worries.

If you are going on an extended vacation or you are keeping a property you own vacant, the water department recommends you contact them to close your account. Once an account is closed, they told NBC 6 someone is sent to the property to physically lock the meter. You may also want to consider closing the main valve to your property while you’re gone.

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Spanish television's highly rated series, '"La Reina del Sur" (The Queen of the South) returns Monday night at 10 p.m. on Telemundo.

The network's most ambitious production to date picks up the story eight years after its main character Teresa Mendoza, played by international star Kate del Castillo, brought down Mexican presidential candidate Epifanio Vargas and has to enter the witness protection program.

In this season 2 of "La Reina del Sur," Mendoza leads a life of total anonymity in Italy as Maria Dantes, peacefully raising her daughter Sofia in the Tuscan village of Messa Marittima, but her life soon takes an unexpected turn as her past finally catches up to her and putting her and her family in total jeopardy.

The high-action Super Series was shot in eight countries around the world using the highest level of production values to date.

"La Reina del Sur" Season 2 stars a renowned international cast that includes Italian lead actor, Raoul Bova ("Under the Tuscan Sun," "All the Roads Lead to Rome"), Huberto Zurita ("La Querida del Centauro"), Isabella Sierra ("Cocaine Godmother"), Paola Nuñez ("Bad Boys for Life"), Antonio Gil ("The Man who Killed Don Quixote"), Patricia Reyes, Mark Tacher, Kika Edgar, Flavio Medina, Eduardo Santamarina and Academy nominated actor Eric Roberts as well as members of the original cast.

The first season of "Reina del Sur" broke ratings records for Telemundo with the finale outperforming all networks regardless of language and unleashed the network's Super Series franchise success story.

"La Reina del Sur" Season 2 is written by Roberto Stopello, Juan Marcos Blanco, Miguel Ferrari and Jose Miguel Nuñez and it's a co-production between Telemundo Global Studios and Netflix.


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A man convicted in a DUI crash that killed a couple on their way to Easter Sunday mass in 2003 was captured last week in Costa Rica.

Henry de la Hoz, 46, was a no-show in Miami-Dade court Monday to begin his 12-year prison sentence. He was convicted in the killings of husband and wife Victor and Olga Lisabet, who were driving to mass when de la Hoz crashed his car into them in Pinecrest.

"After 16 years of waiting for justice, and on the anniversary of their death, which was this past Saturday, I think finally justice will prevail," said the couple's daughter, Maria Lisabet-Aguirre.

De la Hoz pled guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter and other charges back in 2008. A judge gave de la Hoz the maximum sentence of 12 years in prison and five years of probation in the plea agreement, but he never showed up to court.

"Well it's always something with this guy," said Victor Lisabet, the couple's son. "We never get justice and we have to wait another week for him to know that he’s actually going to go to jail."

But last week, the Lisabet family got the news that authorities captured de la Hoz in Costa Rica.

"And it's living and reliving it all over again," Aguirre said.

De la Hoz is expected to be in court for the last time next Wednesday to begin serving his prison sentence.


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A vehicle crashed into an occupied house Monday afternoon in North Lauderdale.

The crash happened before 2 p.m. in the 1000 block of SW 76th Avenue.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said no one was injured. It's unknown how many people were inside the house at the time of the crash.

Footage from Chopper 6 shows a man detained on the front lawn of the residence. The driver is getting a criminal citation for not having a license, according to BSO.

This is a developing story. Check back with NBC 6 for updates.


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A park ranger snapped a selfie with two orphaned gorillas and the image posted to Facebook has provided a glimpse into the work of conservationists and the intriguing behavior of animals in Africa. 

The image captured was just "another day at the office" for park ranger Mathieu Shamavu of the Elite AntiPoaching Units And Combat Trackers in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Some commented that the massive gorillas looked like humans, known as anthropomorphism. They stood at attention behind the ranger and appeared to also be looking into the camera.

Jayne Collins commented on the photo, "I love how the furry fighters are just posing like humans!!!"

Shamavu's selfie with two gorillas standing behind him has garnered more than 21,000 shares on Facebook. 

Lynn Ward wrote, "Simply stunning photo. Thank you for sharing & proving we can all live peacefully together."

NBC News reported the orphaned gorillas in the photo, Ndakazi and Ndeze, were raised in the park. Virtunga National Park explained in an Instagram post that it's not uncommon for the primates to stand upright, but advised humans should not approach gorillas in the wild.

"What an amazing picture of trust and respect," Deborah Wright wrote on Facebook.



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The holiday season brought out the worst in one Easter bunny when he was caught in what appeared to be an altercation outside an Orlando establishment.

Video posted on Instagram by user “Workfth” shows the incident that took place Sunday night along Orange Avenue.

In the video, two men appear to be fighting when someone in a bunny costume comes up and gets involved – even throwing a few paws around in the fight before a police officer came in and broke it up.

NBC affiliate WESH-TV reported that it was not known whether anyone was arrested or charged in the incident.


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People who use e-cigarettes are often inhaling high levels of nicotine, but many teenagers who vape don't realize it, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics.

NBC News reported that 40 percent of teens who thought their e-cigarettes were free of nicotine tested positive for it.

"This is one of the first studies showing the amount of nicotine kids are getting from e-cigarettes," said the study's lead author, Dr. Rachel Boykan, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Stony Brook University. "They're getting a lot — as much or more than they would with traditional cigarettes."

Some experts think e-cigarettes that contain nicotine may produce a generation of young addicts who may later turn to cigarettes.


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In honor of Earth Month, Target is giving car seat recycling a boost with the return of its popular trade-in event.

Need to update your growing child's old car seat for a new size or just looking to get rid of that damaged booster? Target is currently accepting all types of car seats in exchange for a coupon for 20% off select baby gear.

Starting Monday through May 4, guests can take their used infant car seats, convertible car seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats, as well as car seats that are expired or damaged, to their local Target store and save 20% on a new car seat, stroller or select baby gear, such as high chairs, swings and bouncers. 

Materials from old car seats are recycled by Target’s partner, Waste Management, to create new products such as pallets and plastic buckets as well as construction materials like steel beams and carpet padding.

Since the program first launched in April 2016, the Minneapolis-based company has recycled nearly half a million car seats, or 7.4 million pounds of material, the company said in a news release.

Car seats did not have to be purchased at a Target store in order to qualify for the trade-in. Car seats can only be traded in at Target stores, however, the 20% off coupon can be applied to purchases in-store and online. Coupons are eligible through May 11, 2019. 

To find a participating car seat trade-in event near you click here. 


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