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SWFL Students March to Rep. Tom Rooney's Office

Students across the country walked out of school Friday in remembrance of the victims of the Columbine shooting and all the victims of gun violence in the 19 years since. In Southwest Florida, dozens gathered at the Charlotte County courthouse to demand stricter gun laws of their representatives, including U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney , whose district office is in the building.

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'A Close Personal Relationship' Under Pressure As Trump Hosts France's Macron

President Donald Trump will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron to the United States for an official state visit on Monday, in the latest sign of good will between the two leaders. The two got off to a rocky start after sharing a tense handshake at their first meeting at a NATO summit in Brussels last May. But since that shaky beginning, Trump and Macron have developed a surprisingly collegial bond. "It's no secret that President Trump and President Macron enjoy a good working...

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Medical Marijuana Patient Number Tops 100,000

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Florida’s medical-marijuana patient database has hit the 100,000 mark, according to a weekly update issued by the state Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

Florida health officials will not allow new patients to be admitted to an assisted living facility associated with a nursing home where a dozen residents died after the facility lost power in a hurricane.

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson was tending to grievously injured military personnel in Iraq when he was summoned to Washington to interview for a job he barely knew existed. He didn't see a way to get there.

It was tough going, but members of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition finished their "mini-trek" over the weekend, traversing a green corridor between Tampa and Orlando. The explorers say they saw the most wildlife once they got past their biggest barrier - Interstate 4.

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Students across the country walked out of school Friday in remembrance of the victims of the Columbine shooting and all the victims of gun violence in the 19 years since.

In Southwest Florida, dozens gathered at the Charlotte County courthouse to demand stricter gun laws of their representatives, including U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, whose district office is in the building.

Teachers nationwide are protesting their paychecks. Educators in Arizona voted to walk out, joining similar efforts in Oklahoma, West Virginia and Kentucky.

 

Teachers are speaking up at the same time that students around the country are mobilizing against gun violence. Thousands of public school students across the country planned to walk out on Friday in remembrance of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting that killed 13 people in 1999.

The need for gun reform is top of mind for the four Democratic candidates running for Governor. They discussed that during their first televised debate.

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David Williams and Alex Massie sat side by side at W.P. Franklin Lock along the Caloosahatchee River, waiting for something to nibble at their fishing lines. They were catching fish to eat, despite high levels of fecal bacteria recently closing down a beach just a few yards from their fishing spot. 

Williams, of Alva, said he's been fishing along the Caloosahatchee for 65 years. He's lived off of the river. And he's not concerned about the high levels of E. Coli in the water. 

"It's just a happening thing," Williams said. "There's nothing you can do about it."

U.S. Department of Justice United States Marshal Service

The Minnesota grandmother, who investigators suspect killed her husband before coming to Southwest Florida and killing another victim with the intention of taking the woman’s identity, was arrested Thursday in Texas.

Authorities say two Florida sheriff's deputies were shot dead through the window of a Chinese restaurant by a man who then killed himself.

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