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Southwest Florida College Students Attend the Inauguration

A group of 14 Florida Gulf Coast University students attended the presidential inauguration today in Washington D.C. thanks to the Brunson Foundation and State Representative Byron Donalds of Naples. Students from Florida Southwestern University and Ave Maria University were also there. Some of the FGCU students are members of Student Government. Ashley Sambrun, the Chief Justice of FGCU’s Student Government said she appreciated the opportunity to see the federal government up close.

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In D.C., Group Of Protesters Breaks Windows; Police Use Pepper Spray

Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET An inauguration protest in Washington, D.C., turned confrontational on Friday, as several hundred black-clad protesters broke windows and police responded with pepper spray and a concussive device. The interim chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, Peter Newsham, said 217 protesters have been arrested, and 6 officers sustained minor injuries. Newsham, in a late afternoon news conference, said those arrested will be charged with rioting. He added that most of the...

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A group of 14 Florida Gulf Coast University students attended the presidential inauguration today in Washington D.C. thanks to the Brunson Foundation and State Representative Byron Donalds of Naples.

Students from Florida Southwestern University and Ave Maria University were also there. Some of the FGCU students are members of Student Government. Ashley Sambrun, the Chief Justice of FGCU’s Student Government said she appreciated the opportunity to see the federal government up close.

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The Florida Burrowing Owl is now considered a “Threatened” species, which means it has higher protections from the state. And environmental advocates in the city of Cape Coral hope this new title will help their efforts in preserving the local burrowing owl population. 

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The Laboratory Theater of Florida ends it’s run of the 2014 Tony-nominated Broadway play “Mothers and Sons,” by Terrence McNally, this weekend.  The production tells the story of a woman who visits her late son’s former partner. Her son died from AIDS decades ago. The play’s broader themes of forgiveness and reconciliation are universal, but the backdrop of the fight for LGBT acceptance and the AIDS crisis hit close to home in Florida which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks number one in the nation when it comes to new rates of HIV infection.  Local experts led an interactive audience ‘talk back’ after the Jan. 12 performance.


The American Civil War is usually regarded as the war that led to the end of slavery in the United States. But battles over American slavery had been fought long before that.

 

Members of the public health community are calling for action on gun violence by shifting the conversation away from gun control.

Florida Keys officials have approved a framework for county roads that need to be adapted to rising sea levels.

Senator Offers Guide For Marijuana Changes

Jan 20, 2017

A key senator Thursday released the Legislature's first attempt at carrying out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana, with the proposal calling for a growing number of marijuana licenses and making it easier for doctors to order the treatment for patients.

A bitter feud over Florida's largest private school voucher program ended Wednesday when the state Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit challenging a program used by nearly 98,000 school children.

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Dropped and dismissed: Child sex abuse lost in the system

This week, Reveal revisits the story of a woman who decides to confront the man she says abused her decades earlier. Reporter Tennessee Watson says she was sexually abused by her gymnastics coach when she was a kid in the 1980s. More than 25 years later, when she learned he still was coaching children, she called the police. Her inside account of the painful process of seeking justice in her own case exposes discrepancies in prosecutors’ responses to reports of child sexual abuse and spotlights a lack of accountability.

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