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EPA To Consider Adding Toxic Big Bend Site To Superfund List

Federal environmental regulators want to add an abandoned toxic waste site inFlorida's Big Bend to the nation's list of most polluted places, a designation that could help fund cleanup efforts.
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FBI: Murders Up Nearly 11 Percent In 2015; Violent Crime Rose Slightly

Newly released FBI data show the number of murders in the U.S. rose nearly 11 percent last year and violent crime increased by nearly 4 percent, but crime researchers said homicides and other violence still remain at low rates compared with a crime wave from 20 years ago.Seven cities are largely responsible for the increase in murders last year, according to John Pfaff, a law professor at Fordham University who closely follows crime: Baltimore; Chicago; Houston; Washington, D.C.; Milwaukee;...
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An attorney representing three central Florida residents in a federal lawsuit against Mosaic says the legal action is about ensuring safe drinking water. The proposed class-action suit was filed after a sinkhole beneath a Mosaic plant near Lakeland sent 200 million gallons of waste water into the Floridan aquifer.

The lawsuit is the first against Mosaic since the phosphate and potash producer, the world’s largest, reported the sinkhole to government agencies in late August.

Crystal Johnson shares her thoughts on the relationship between police and the public at Thursday's meeting.
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The new chief of the Fort Myers Police Department, Derrick Diggs, led the first of several community engagement sessions Thursday that are being touted by the department as the  first step toward improving the department’s relationship with the people it polices.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump head into their first presidential debate virtually tied in the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

Homeschooling entered the mainstream in the 1980s and was led largely by white evangelical Christians. Today, the U.S Department of Education says approximately 1.7 million students in the U.S are homeschooled—more than 84,000 of them in Florida.

The fastest growing demographic choosing to leave traditional schools behind are African-Americans.

North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham wants to know why it took the state’s environmental protection agency several weeks to notify residents near a Central Florida phosphate mine of potential water contamination. A sinkhole opened up near the Mosaic phosphate plant last month dumping more than 200 million gallons of polluted water into the Floridan aquifer.

Federal environmental regulators want to add an abandoned toxic waste site in Florida's Big Bend to the nation's list of most polluted places, a designation that could help fund cleanup efforts.

It was six years ago when President Barack Obama vowed to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. Nearly a year later, that hasn't happened.

But there have been successes. Two states, Virginia and Connecticut, and dozens of cities like Orlando are considered to be at “functional zero,” having ended chronic homelessness among veterans. That means homeless veterans have an immediate system of housing and services at their disposal.

The Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach, according to authorities. 

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández," said the team in a statement circulated via social media. "Our thoughts and prayers are with is family at a very difficult time."

Pam Bondi Breaks Silence On Trump Donation

Sep 23, 2016

Attorney General Pam Bondi rejected renewed assertions Tuesday that a $25,000 political contribution from current Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump influenced her office in 2013 to dismiss allegations that Floridians had been bilked by Trump University.

Puerto Rico is suffering one of the worst economic crises in the western hemisphere. Adding to the U.S. territory’s problems right now is a massive, island-wide blackout - which gives Puerto Ricans one more reason to come to Florida.

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