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Matthew Now a Major Hurricane

Hurricane Matthew has intensified rapidly since yesterday. It's now a Major Hurricane with winds up to 115 mph. Matthew is expected to slowly march west through the Caribbean this weekend, then turn north and threaten Jamaica and Cuba by Monday.
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Texas Pulls Out Of Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

Texas has announced that it is withdrawing from the federal Refugee Resettlement Program, citing security concerns.Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement means that "refugees will continue to come to Texas, albeit without the state acting as the middleman between federal dollars and local resettlement agencies," according to the Austin American-Statesman."Texas has repeatedly requested that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence provide...
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It's a busy Monday morning at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, and Philip Ertel is here for a check-up. The 60-year-old needs refills for his diabetes and cholesterol medications.

Dr. Trudy Grossman pulls out a stethoscope and checks his lungs. He takes deep breaths in and out.

Ertel works full-time in a restaurant at a hotel on St. Pete Beach, but he doesn't have health insurance because he can't afford the monthly premiums.

Congress passed the Water Resources Development Act on Wednesday -- and that could be a dual victory for South Florida. The act authorizes the Central Everglades Planning Project, which is slated to provide about $2 billion dollars for various ecosystem restoration efforts. And, it supports a $320 million dollar Port Everglades expansion that’s intended to help larger, heavier ships navigate the area.

 

The renowned photographer Ansel Adams once said, "Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."

Clyde Butcher, whose expansive nature photographs of Florida have been compared to Adams, seemingly has to wait a bit longer. He's been known to wallow in alligator-infested waters an entire day - just waiting for the right light.

Governor Rick Scott Responds to Approved Zika Funding

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Governor Rick Scott says he wants to get the newly approved federal emergency money for Zika out and distributed as soon as possible. After months of back and forth, Congress has finally approved $1.1 billion in emergency Zika funds.

At a press conference in Orlando, Governor Rick Scott said that while he’s happy with the decision, he’s disappointed with how long it’s taken the federal government to act.

The Florida Sierra Club’s phosphate committee has formally objected to allowing a new Mosaic Company mine in Desoto County. Placida attorney Percy Angelo sent a letter to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on September 22.

Matthew Now a Major Hurricane

4 hours ago
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Hurricane Matthew has intensified rapidly since yesterday. It's now a Major Hurricane with winds up to 115 mph. Matthew is expected to slowly march west through the Caribbean this weekend, then turn north and threaten Jamaica and Cuba by Monday.

WUFT

Hurricane Matthew intensified rapidly overnight, becoming a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says the storm may continue strengthening today. HUffman urges all Floridians to stay informed on Matthew's next move. Matthew is the strongest hurricane to develop in the Caribbean since Rina in 2011.

Update on Tropical Storm Matthew

Sep 29, 2016
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Tropical Storm Matthew has moved into the eastern Caribbean where it is expected to continue strengthening. If Matthew were to affect the United States it wouldn't be until next week.

About 150,000 gallons of sewage spilled early Tuesday in Clearwater on McMullen Booth Road near the intersection of Abby Crescent Lane.

The spill, caused by a broken pipe, seeped onto a nearby property and into Alligator Creek.

A Florida politician expected to be a front-runner in the 2018 governor’s race is raising concerns about the state’s water supply.

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