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In Defense of "Weird Florida"

Popular Twitter accounts like “Florida Man,” have helped to spread some of the Sunshine State’s strangest stories and encounters to readers throughout the country and even the world. The unusual (and sometimes criminal) exploits that occur here coupled with the dangers of hurricanes, sinkholes, shark encounters and lightning strikes have helped give the state a reputation that can make Florida seem like a national punchline and prompt outsiders to wonder why so many people continue to relocate to a place that seems bent on killing its residents.
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Tropical Depression Nine Expected To Strengthen Today

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine later today in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and meteorologist say it could intensify before landfall.
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Poisonous Algae Blooms Threaten People, Ecosystems Across U.S.

Serious algae outbreaks have hit more than 20 states this summer. Organisms are shutting down beaches in Florida, sickening swimmers in Utah and threatening ecosystems in California.The blooms are a normal part of summer, but the frequency, size and toxicity this year are worse than ever.And water managers are rattled."Everyone's on edge with the cyanobacteria," says Bev Anderson, a scientist with the California Water Resources Control Board.Emails reporting outbreaks of cyanobacteria — or...
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McCollum Hall is on its way to become the pride of Dunbar again— the predominantly black community of Fort Myers. The building from the 1930s was once a safe place for black musicians, comedians and entertainers to perform during the segregation era. It’s a locally designated historical landmark. But over the years, it dwindled into a boarding house that violated housing codes. The city purchased the deteriorated property about eight years ago, and now its restoration project is about halfway done. About 100 locals recently celebrated the renewed exterior. 

Collier County Mosquito Control District

Gov. Rick Scott was in Naples Monday, hosting a roundtable discussion on Zika readiness with the Collier County Health Department and the county’s mosquito control district.

Florida health officials are battling 43 confirmed cases of homegrown transmission of the virus. Nearly all of them are in the Miami-Dade neighborhoods of Wynwood and Miami Beach, including one new case of local transmission as recently as Monday. But there have been two investigations of locally-transmitted cases in Palm Beach County, as well as one case in Pinellas County. That’s on top of the nearly 550 travel-related cases statewide.

Florida is in the last few months of its sea turtle nesting season. State wildlife officials say during this critical time for the hatchlings, it’s important the public leaves them alone.

A judge is siding with families who are fighting a Florida law that ties students' promotion to fourth grade on how they perform on standardized reading tests.

At the instruction of their parents, students wrote their names on the tests and then didn't answer questions.

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine later today in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and meteorologist say it could intensify before landfall.

Southwest Florida voters will elect their new state representative Tuesday for the House District 80 seat that serves eastern Collier County and all of Hendry County. One of the two candidates running will replace Matt Hudson (R-Naples), who’s termed out of the chamber. 

While Florida Keys residents debate the use of genetically modified mosquitoes ahead of a November referendum, a new survey finds that a majority of Floridians supports the concept.

Florida Picks Up 15 Travel-Related Zika Cases

Aug 29, 2016

Fifteen new cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus were reported Friday in Florida, all tied to people who brought the disease into the state after getting infected elsewhere.

Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from grocery, discount and convenience stores across the Southeast because the food may be contaminated with potentially fatal Listeria bacteria.

U.S. health officials are reporting the first case of Zika spread through sex by a man with no symptoms of the disease.

In earlier cases of sexual transmission, the virus was spread by someone who at some point had symptoms.


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