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Lee County Mayors Meet Over Water Back Pumping, Storage

Note: Audio to come.Six Lee County mayors met Wednesday to talk about solutions to water discharges flowing into the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee. The South Florida Water Management District back pumped water into the lake in late January to avoid local flooding. That water eventually went into the river. It was one of several topics covered in the meeting. The mayors are worried about water quality and the local tourism-based economy.
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In South Carolina, Young Black Voters Could Put Holes In Clinton's Firewall

After a razor-thin victory in the Iowa caucuses, and a double-digit loss to Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton is looking to South Carolina for a big win later this month. And she's counting on strong black support in that state to give her a definitive victory.Most polls suggest she'll get that support; by some estimates, she could garner 80 percent of South Carolina's black vote in the Feb. 27 primary. Previously, even Bernie Sanders himself admitted as much.But th...
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If you’re wondering why there’s so much legal fighting over medical marijuana licenses in Florida, here’s a billion-dollar answer.

According to the State of Legal Marijuana Markets report, legal marijuana in the U.S. is projected to grow to a $21.8 billion industry by 2020. And Florida is a big part of that projection.

The federal government has long given out financial benefits to Cubans who immigrate to the United States, but one Cuban-American Florida lawmaker believes that should end.


The third time was not the charm Tuesday evening for advocates of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights measure.  Senators remained deadlocked—effectively precluding any chance of passage this session.

A renewed effort in the House to make changes to Florida’s Retirement System is getting some mixed reviews among public employee unions.

Setting up a potential tug-of-war over millions in taxpayer money, the Florida House is rushing ahead with a plan that would force school districts across the state to share local property taxes with charter schools.

Some legislators are pushing to steer more money to charter schools even though a recent analysis by The Associated Press found that as much as $70 million has gone to charter schools that eventually closed.

House Set To Approve Tax-Cut Package

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The Republican-dominated Florida House on Thursday is poised to approve a $991.7 million tax-cut package, after rejecting additions and changes sought Wednesday by Democrats.

A South Florida clinic that promotes controversial stem-cell treatments for a wide range of ailments is among the centers receiving a written warning that it is violating federal public health laws.

Consumers skeptical about the real cost of health care will soon have a resource where they can ask and share with their neighbors the price of common medical procedures.

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Six Lee County mayors met Wednesday to talk about solutions to water discharges flowing into the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee.

The South Florida Water Management District back pumped water into the lake in late January to avoid local flooding. That water eventually went into the river.

It was one of several topics covered in the meeting.

The mayors are worried about water quality and the local tourism-based economy.

A bill allowing children to attend any public school of their choosing, regardless of the district, continues moving in the Florida legislature. But lawmakers got hung up on an amendment to the bill regarding how enrollment preferences are given to businesses or people who donate land.

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