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CURIOUS GULF COAST: Why Didn't We See High Storm Surge?

With the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma, thousands of Floridians left the state because of potential high storm surge, which is the rise of sea level that results from wind forces. Doug Constantine from Cape Coral asked: "With FEMA recently scaring several million people into an evacuation, where they predicted storm surge of almost 20 feet and they were wrong and they’ve been wrong before. How many times can they yell the sky is falling? ”

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Trump And McCain Lock Horns As Tax Debate Heats Up

President Trump is feuding with Sen. John McCain, and differences are emerging in Congress as lawmakers try to overhaul the tax code. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young get an inside look as political analysts Angela Rye  ( @Angela_Rye ) and  Paris Dennard  ( @PARISDENNARD ) weigh in on the weeks news. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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State officials this month levied a $110,000 fine against the Republican Party of Florida. The party turned in a campaign finance report dealing with a South Florida House race 11 days late.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is expanding access to its new Florida driver license and ID Cards. The new ID is more secure and includes anti-fraud protection. 200 more service centers will soon begin offering new IDs.

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It’s been over a month since Hurricane Irma hit Florida, and Lee County leaders have now decided to send a letter to the White House, asking that FEMA offer more support.


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With the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma, thousands of Floridians left the state because of potential high storm surge, which is the rise of sea level that results from wind forces.

Doug Constantine from Cape Coral asked: "With FEMA recently scaring several million people into an evacuation, where they predicted storm surge of almost 20 feet and they were wrong and they’ve been wrong before. How many times can they yell the sky is falling?

Florida Governor Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency ahead of a white supremacist speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  Richard Spencer will speak at the University of Florida Thursday.

State Targets Pharmaceutical Company In Stock Case

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In a rare move, Florida is considering taking on a large pharmaceutical company, alleging the state's pension fund lost more than $62 million in stock value because of federal security violations by the company.

In a swift, 20-minute meeting, the panel charged with updating the Florida Constitution on Tuesday rejected all but a few of the 2,012 public proposals submitted to the Constitution Revision Commission, advancing only six of them, after months of encouraging the public to submit ideas.

RIO PIEDRAS – Puerto Rico’s government says power should be fully restored to the island by mid-December. But that’s three months after Hurricane Maria demolished the U.S. territory. And some fear that Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable people can’t wait that long.

It’s that time of year when agencies lay out their plans for the coming year—and more importantly—how much those plans will cost.  Two of them are looking to hand out raises.

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s response to the state’s opioid crisis is taking shape in the House.

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