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Hurricane Matthew Strengthens Into Category 5 In Caribbean

Hurricane Matthew is roaring across the Caribbean Sea as a monster Category 5 storm on a course that puts Jamaica, as well as parts of Haiti and Cuba, in the path of its potentially devastating winds and rain. The U.S. National Hurricane Center called it the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007, and said Matthew will be approaching Jamaica late Sunday night. It is expected to reach the eastern part of the island on Monday.
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Police Release Videos Of Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man in El Cajon, Calif.

On Friday, police released two videos of Tuesday's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by officers in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, Calif. Ugandan immigrant Alfred Olango was killed after, police say, he was uncooperative and refused to remove his hand from his pocket, then took what officers saw as a threatening position.Olango's death led to almost immediate protests that lasted much of the week and grew progressively larger and angrier. The police say that by Thursday night two...
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Hurricane Matthew is roaring across the Caribbean Sea as a monster Category 5 storm on a course that puts Jamaica, as well as parts of Haiti and Cuba, in the path of its potentially devastating winds and rain.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center called it the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007, and said Matthew will be approaching Jamaica late Sunday night. It is expected to reach the eastern part of the island on Monday.

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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.

UPDATE: Matthew Now a Major Hurricane

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Hurricane Matthew became a Major Hurricane yesterday, and now has winds of 120 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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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.

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