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EPA Declines Petition To Revise DEP Water Criteria

Federal environmental officials said Tuesday they will not force Florida to update its standards for potable and surface waters. This response comes eight years after environmental advocates petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prepare and publish revised regulations for the state’s waters. Activists want the feds involved because state environmental officials have not updated the state’s water quality criteria in 25 years.

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Republican Gianforte Wins Montana House Race Despite Assault Charge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQwu4wff7lI Updated at 4:55 a.m. ET Republican Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana's lone congressional seat on Thursday despite an election eve misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly body-slamming a reporter. Gianforte had been silent following the allegations, with his campaign only releasing a statement claiming that The Guardian 's Ben Jacobs had been the aggressor. But speaking at his victory party in Bozeman shortly after the race was...

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Along U.S. 27 in Palmdale, which was once a major transportation artery, stands what remains of one of Florida’s lost tourist attractions:  Tom Gaskins’ Cypress Knee Museum. 

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Federal environmental officials said Tuesday they will not force Florida to update its standards for potable and surface waters. This response comes eight years after environmental advocates petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prepare and publish revised regulations for the state’s waters. Activists want the feds involved because state environmental officials have not updated the state’s water quality criteria in 25 years. 

Meteorologists, emergency preparedness officials and members of the media from the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area gathered on Thursday to discuss how to communicate best with the public--and each other--when severe weather is approaching.

Most of the news and research these days about coral reefs is pretty grim — massive losses from bleaching, everywhere from Australia to the Florida Keys. Some parts of Florida and the Caribbean have lost more than half of the living coral off their reefs in the last three decades.

But there is some good news on the coral research front and this week saw a major milestone in those efforts, when Mote Marine Laboratory opened its new $7 million center in the Keys.

Tallahassee Leaders Prepare For 2017 Hurricane Season

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It’s been just nine months since Hurricane Hermine hit Tallahassee and another hurricane season is just around the corner.  Assistant City manager Cynthia Barber is updating Tallahassee’s approach to disasters.

More Floridians could lose their health insurance under legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate. That includes the poor, the disabled and military veterans.

Environmental groups are encouraging Floridians to be careful of shorebirds when they head to the beach for the holiday weekend.  Nick Evans has more.

Two New Solar Co-ops Launch In South Miami

May 25, 2017

About 30 people dressed in yellow t-shirts gathered in front of South Miami City Hall Wednesday to announce the addition of two new solar co-ops in South Florida.

A solar co-op is a group of homeowners who team up to install solar panels on their rooftops and use solar energy. Together, they are able to negotiate lower prices by contracting with the lowest bidder. 

Management Of Marijuana Operation Changes Hands

May 25, 2017

A Canadian-backed firm will take over management of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, one of Florida's seven medical marijuana operators, the companies announced Wednesday.

Across the nation, 152 children under 12 were accidentally shot and killed, by either self-inflicted gunshot wounds or by another child, from 2014 through 2016.

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