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State Plans Aim To Protect Imperiled Species

Listen to the storyFifty-seven species of fish and wildlife are so rare or face such threats that they are considered "imperiled" by the state of Florida.Now the state has 49 action plans aimed at protecting those species. Some, like several species of wading birds, share the same habitat so they're covered under the same plan.One plan calls for stabilizing shorelines and removing exotic plants to provide nesting areas for brown pelicans. Another would set up trapping and testing programs to...
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Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

It started with a boom and ended with a touchdown: Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.The flight of the New Shepard spacecraft was the second full test of Blue Origin's system that's designed to take six humans into space before returning to Earth. The company plans to reuse both the capsule and rocket assemblies – and it calls the rocket's safe return...
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University of Florida researchers say they have developed genetically modified citrus trees that are resistant to greening. It is a significant step against the disease that has devastated Florida's $11 billion citrus industry and is among the worst to hit a US crop.

Environmentalists Say Governor's Budget Doesn't Go Far Enough

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Gov. Rick Scott is proposing more money for land preservation next year, but environmentalists say the levels fall short of what voters wanted in passing a 2014 constitutional amendment.

As part of his proposed $79.3 billion budget introduced Monday, Scott is asking for $62.8 million for the land-acquisition program Florida Forever, $188 million for work to improve the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee and another $50 million to help maintain the state's natural springs.

PENAS BLANCAS, Costa Rica — As summer began to bake the central Cuban city of Sancti Spiritus, Elio Alvarez and Lideisy Hernandez sold their tiny apartment and everything in it for $5,000 and joined the largest migration from their homeland in decades.

  Fifty-seven species of fish and wildlife are so rare or face such threats that they are considered "imperiled" by the state of Florida.

On Wednesday, South Florida will go through another King Tide. Not sure what to expect, except maybe closed roads and cars on flooded streets. 

Miami Beach is trying to get ahead of the problem, which is a consequence of rising seas. The city is spending hundreds of millions on pump stations, higher roads and seawalls.

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The Florida Department of Health announced Monday which five nurseries will participate in the state’s first medical marijuana program.

This is a step toward getting the program up and running, since it was signed into law about a year and a half ago.  

Patients will still have to wait months to receive the final product.

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Florida Gulf Coast University’s Wind Orchestra performs at Carnegie Hall on Friday night. It’s the first time an FGCU musical ensemble will play at the venerable concert venue in midtown Manhattan.

Conductor and head of instrumental studies Dr. Rod Chesnutt said it will be the first visit to the Big Apple for some and the first airplane ride for other members of the orchestra. For all of them it will be a once in a lifetime performance on a stage where artists have gone to make a name for themselves.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking the Legislature to pass a $79.3 billion state budget next year.

At a news conference in Jacksonville Monday morning, Scott went over some of the highlights of his Florida First Budget.

One of those highlights is a substantial revision to how the state doles out money for indigent health care.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to set up more barriers for Syrian refugees trying to get into the U.S. South Florida lawmakers are divided largely along part lines in the debate.

For some South Florida lawmakers, the debate over what to do with Syrian refugees is more personal than for others. Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen says she remembers fleeing Cuba decades ago.

The University of Florida is involved in a federal settlement to repay nearly $20 million to the United States government.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement Friday afternoon in allegations that the university "improperly charged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for salary and administrative costs on hundreds of federal grants." According to the release, the investigation into improper use of funds started in 2010 for a period covering 2005 to 2010.


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