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EPA To Consider Adding Toxic Big Bend Site To Superfund List

Federal environmental regulators want to add an abandoned toxic waste site inFlorida's Big Bend to the nation's list of most polluted places, a designation that could help fund cleanup efforts.
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Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio

Jamie Landrum has been a police officer for two years in District 3 on the west side of the Cincinnati. In late August, the city was hit by 174 overdoses in six days. Landrum says officers were scarce."We were literally going from one heroin overdose, and then being on that one, and hearing someone come over [the radio] and say, 'I have no more officers left,' " Landrum says. Three more people overdosed soon after that.Heroin isn't new in Cincinnati, but the recent surge in overdoses is being...
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It was six years ago when President Barack Obama vowed to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. Nearly a year later, that hasn't happened.

But there have been successes. Two states, Virginia and Connecticut, and dozens of cities like Orlando are considered to be at “functional zero,” having ended chronic homelessness among veterans. That means homeless veterans have an immediate system of housing and services at their disposal.

The Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach, according to authorities. 

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández," said the team in a statement circulated via social media. "Our thoughts and prayers are with is family at a very difficult time."

Pam Bondi Breaks Silence On Trump Donation

Sep 23, 2016

Attorney General Pam Bondi rejected renewed assertions Tuesday that a $25,000 political contribution from current Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump influenced her office in 2013 to dismiss allegations that Floridians had been bilked by Trump University.

Puerto Rico is suffering one of the worst economic crises in the western hemisphere. Adding to the U.S. territory’s problems right now is a massive, island-wide blackout - which gives Puerto Ricans one more reason to come to Florida.

More than 300 McDonald’s Egg McMuffins and Publix muffins were dropped off at Gov. Rick Scott’s office Thursday morning to protest the omission of Independent Party of Florida presidential candidate Evan McMullin from the 2016 general election ballot in the state.

Phosphate Coalition Meeting

Sep 23, 2016
Michael Hirsh

The Mosaic Company says it is continuing efforts to recover more than 215 million gallons of contaminated and mildly radioactive water that poured down a sinkhole into the deep Floridan Aquifer. The aquifer supplies much of the drinking water used throughout the state. The sinkhole developed on August 27th in a so-called “gyp-stack” at the New Wales Plant in Mulberry. That’s about 30 miles east of Tampa.

On Saturday, the Phosphate Coalition, a group of environmental groups opposed to Mosaic’s plans to expand its mines in Manatee and Desoto County, met in Sarasota.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is using his emergency powers to direct $25 million in state money toward helping to develop a Zika virus vaccine.

Economists are telling the state's Citrus Commission that Florida orange production could sink by another two-thirds in the next 10 years if better solutions to the fatal bacterial disease citrus greening don't arise.

 Burmese pythons have established themselves in the Everglades — and now they appear to be breeding in the Florida Keys, according to state and federal wildlife agencies.

Martin County is putting its legal challenge of the state’s highly controversial new water quality standards on hold – at least for now.

County attorney Elizabeth Lenihan convinced commissioners to wait for an independent study before deciding whether to appeal a hearing officer’s adverse ruling.

“Doing it that way is not going to jeopardize our ability to challenge an existing rule or challenge it at the federal level.”


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