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Voices Of Hendry County Residents In-Need After Irma

Since Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida last week, officials in Hendry County said they've been handing out, on average, a couple semi-trucks of food and water per day. They were also giving away ice, tarps and other necessities Tuesday at the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center in LaBelle.

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Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit Puerto Rico pummeled the island Wednesday, tearing off roofs and sending doors flying from hinges as officials warned Hurricane Maria would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.

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These GOP Senators Could Block Republicans' Obamacare Repeal

Republicans' complex health care calculations are coming down to simple math. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs 50 of his 52 GOP colleagues to vote for a bill that aims to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act and drastically reshape the Medicaid system. McConnell's office is planning to bring the bill up for a vote next week. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has made clear that his vote is unattainable on the latest and last-ditch proposal by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and...

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In a unanimous decision, the Pinellas County School Board has voted to join a potential lawsuit against the state.

It now joins Polk, Orange, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward and and other state school districts in agreeing to share costs of a legal challenge to a new education law in Florida.

Still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Florida may soon embark on a costly list of fixes and contentious changes to state laws, including whether or not to require nursing homes to have on-site generators to deal with power outages.

One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit Puerto Rico pummeled the island Wednesday, tearing off roofs and sending doors flying from hinges as officials warned Hurricane Maria would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.

A Florida organization that helps people sign up for insurance through the federal marketplace will have its funding cut by nearly $1 million.

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It’s been more than a week since Hurricane Irma hit the state. Florida Power & Light is still working to restore electricity to people’s homes. 


Jessica Meszaros / WGCU News

Since Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida last week, officials in Hendry County said they've been handing out, on average, a couple semi-trucks of food and water per day. They were also giving away ice, tarps and other necessities Tuesday at the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center in LaBelle.

Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska's split with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg came as a result from how she handled student evacuations in the run-up to Hurricane Irma - and where she said she was during the storm itself.

State regulators say the 335,000 insurance claims filed by Hurricane Irma victims already outstrip the two storms that blasted Florida last year.

Florida is still dusting itself off after the Hurricane Irma, but Governor Rick Scott is encouraging Floridians to stay prepared.

The Broward County Medical Examiner’s office is investigating another death of a resident of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills — the ninth blamed on the failure of a cooling system that became a stifling deathtrap three days after Irma hit.

Dr. Craig Mallak confirmed the death of Carlos Canal, 93, which occurred Tuesday morning. An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday.

Hollywood police sent out a news release Tuesday night saying Canal is considered the ninth death related to the nursing home meltdown

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