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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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Florida News

Hurricane Watch Issued For Parts Of Pinellas And Areas North

Forecasters have issued a hurricane watch for parts of Florida stretching from northwest of Tampa to an area east of Panama City.The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued the watch for an area of the Gulf coast from the Anclote River to Indian Pass. An area to the west of Indian pass on the Panhandle is under a tropical storm watch.The watches are related to a tropical depression churning in the Gulf about 345 miles west of Key West.Forecasters say they expect the system to turn to the...
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National News

WATCH: International Space Station Flies Over 3 Hurricanes

Residents of Hawaii are keeping a close eye on two hurricanes in the Pacific, Madeline and Lester.And astronauts have been watching the storms, too — from a different angle.On Tuesday, the International Space Station caught a spectacular view of both storms, as well as a powerful hurricane in the Atlantic.The strongest storm in the video is Gaston, currently passing through the open ocean far from land. It's a Category 3 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.The two storms...
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Latest Headlines from BBC

Maker of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Pledges Transparency

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The for-profit company Oxitec has been in the news lately.

Federal regulators recently gave the OK for Oxitec to start testing its genetically engineered mosquitoes.

Florida wildlife authorities may expand protected areas for some of the state’s most iconic and imperiled bird species like roseate spoonbills and brown pelicans.

The Florida Department of Health reported three new, non-travel related cases of Zika in Miami-Dade County on Tuesday.

Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal In Tobacco Case

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The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up an appeal by a woman who sued tobacco companies after her husband died of cancer following decades of smoking.

Now that the results are in from Florida's primaries, let's take a look at some of the claims from politicians who are continuing to vie for your vote in November. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen about recent comments from U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy and the Republican Party of Florida.

It's a battle for the middle class in this year's presidential election, so both campaigns are lobbing broadsides against each other.

Florida’s solar Amendment 4 passed with brilliant colors Tuesday. With only 60 percent needed to pass, the measure’s overwhelming support suggests, perhaps, a new direction for solar in the Sunshine State, a relatively untapped source of energy.

Update: There will be a runoff election on November 8 for Lee County Supervisor of Elections between Sharon Harrington who got 43% of the vote and Tommy Doyle who got 33.5% of the vote.  

Senator Marco Rubio supporters celebrated the incumbent’s victory in the G-O-P primary race for his current seat. During a watch party tonight in Kissimmee Rubio thanked voters for getting his one step closer to a return to Washington.

Longtime supporter Carlos Cabrera said Rubio is the only candidate for the seat.

“He is very important in the Senate because if we lose the Senate, the country is going to be controlled by Supreme Court justices that are going to issue laws of their own for a generation,” said Cabrera.

Topher Forhecz

Francis Rooney is the victor to become Southwest Florida’s republican nominee for Congress.

He won about 53 percent of the vote, beating out competitors Chauncey Goss and Dan Bongino tonight. He will face a little-known Democratic challenger in November.

Francis Rooney says he’s excited about his win. He says he plans to follow through on the issues he’s campaigned on.

Republican Greg Steube of Sarasota won the GOP nomination for the State Senate District 23 seat being vacated by Nancy Detert. It covers Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.

Sarasota Herald Tribune Political editor Zach Anderson spoke to WUSF about the race. He said Steube, whose father is Manatee County sheriff Brad Steube, won by a slim margin.

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