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Operation BBQ Relief Serves 125,000 Meals After Hurricane Irma

Food aid has come in many forms after Hurricane Irma, but one group brought the comfort of All-American barbecue to Southwest Florida after the storm — the unique operation called Operation BBQ Relief in Estero. Standing in the dry parking lot in front of Germain Arena , you’d almost forget it was filled with water a week before — trapping those with unraised cars at the arena’s shelter until the remnants of Hurricane Irma finally receded. Now, the lot is filled with trailers, tents and semi...

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Photo: Harry Chapin Food Bank via Facebook.

September's 'Hunger Action Month' Sees Fresh Urgency after Hurricane Irma

Feeding America , the nation's largest network of food banks, has spent September promoting awareness of Hunger Action Month while simultaneously addressing the acute need for food and water in the wake of Hurricane Irma . Locally, the Harry Chapin Food Bank is raising awareness and mobilize volunteers to contribute to the fight against hunger in Southwest Florida, a struggle driving calls for donations, food drives, and emergency distributions to help those left hungry by the storm.

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Jared Kushner Used Private Email In Trump Administration, Lawyer Confirms

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner has used both a private email account and an official email address to communicate with other government officials, according to his attorney. Responding to media reports about Kushner's email habits, his lawyer said, "All non-personal emails were forwarded to his official address." The emails between Kushner's personal account and his White House colleagues number fewer than 100, Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement relayed by NPR's...

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Hurricane Irma hung over an annual gathering of state and industry officials discussing water policy.

Nearly 17,000 flood insurance claims connected with Hurricane Irma have been filed, and more are expected in the coming weeks.

Nursing Homes Say Adding Generators 'Huge Challenge'

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Florida nursing-home officials made clear Friday they think it is unrealistic — if not impossible — to carry out a demand by Gov. Rick Scott that facilities quickly install generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

Marijuana Law Challenged Over Black Farmer License

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A lawsuit filed Friday challenges the constitutionality of part of a new state law that requires a coveted medical-marijuana license to go to a black farmer.

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Food aid has come in many forms after Hurricane Irma, but one group brought the comfort of All-American barbecue to Southwest Florida after the storm — the unique operation called Operation BBQ Relief in Estero.

Standing in the dry parking lot in front of Germain Arena, you’d almost forget it was filled with water a week before — trapping those with unraised cars at the arena’s shelter until the remnants of Hurricane Irma finally receded.

Rows of brightly colored chairs are set up on the little patch of grass outside FANM, the Haitian Women of Miami, a non-profit group that helps low-income families.

People sit in the Miami heat--some with toddlers in their laps--waiting to fill out FEMA applications and see what other kinds of help they can get in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Palm Beach County animal care officers rescued more than 100 pets during Hurricane Irma.

Now law enforcement looking to hold some owners accountable.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Capt. David Walesky said dozens of dogs were brought in and surrendered by people evacuating. Others were tied to cars, left in cages, or let loose in the community.

Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a new therapy that they hope could lead to a cure for multiple sclerosis.

The subject of illegal immigration is never far from the front burner of politics, especially in the wake of President Trump's recent decision to look at rescinding DACA. That could revoke the legal status of children brought illegally into the country.

Some of Florida’s military supporters are lining up behind the state’s land acquisition program. Unlikely allies are joining forces to defend Florida Forever.

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