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Citizens Pitches Insurance Rate Hikes

With the state-backed insurer blaming costly water-damage claims in South Florida, residential customers of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. could see an average 8.2 percent rate increase next year, according to a new proposal.

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FACT CHECK: Trump Says 'A Lot Of Wall Has Been Built' As He Demands We Build More

Updated on December 12, 12:20 p.m. ET In an uncommonly contentious public exchange in the Oval Office with House and Senate Democratic leaders, President Trump made several remarks about the southern border with Mexico justifying his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall to restrict illegal immigration. Trump said: "One thing that I do have to say is: Tremendous amounts of wall have already been built, and a lot of — a lot of wall. When you include the renovation of existing fences...

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Citizens property insurance is in the process of making some unprecedented changes.

It is aggressively trying to reduce its exposure to risk. The state-backed insurer wants to cut in half the number of policies it has to about 750-thousand.

Miami Herald Political reporter Toluse Olorunnipa has been following the story. He says what's different this time around is that in the past state lawmakers have handled most of the major changes to Citizens.

Here's the above-the-fold headline on Sunday's Miami Herald: "Ryan could hurt Romney in Florida."

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition has begun a series of reports from an iconic American corner: First and Main. Several times in the next few months, we'll travel to a battleground state, then to a vital county in each state. In that county, we find a starting point for our visit: First and Main streets, the intersection of politics and real life.

While most of us only watched the Summer Olympics from afar, a Naples doctor returned from London last week, where he’d been helping Team USA athletes train. 

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More than 50 thousand people are expected to visit the Tampa Bay area for the Republican National Convention-- and with that flood of people comes health concerns.  Health officials are planning to hand out health fliers to educate convention-goers on heat exhaustion-- but what about the other health risks--like the spread of STDs? Sarah Pusateri talked with an upscale escort who says she's prepared.

Prostitution in the Tampa Bay area is expected to increase during the Republican National Convention. But will that lead to the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases?

The Lee Memorial Health System is the recipient of what may be the largest philanthropic donation ever received in Southwest Florida – $20 million earmarked for construction of a children’s hospital.

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards says she’ll have no problem meeting the Justice Department’s Aug. 15 deadline for election records.

The documentation request made on July 31 is related to a statewide effort to remove non-citizens from voter rolls.

Edwards says her office has contacted 27 questionable voters. One responded with proof of citizenship.  Many did not respond to a certified letter.  And, some called to explain how they were erroneously enrolled to vote – via the motor voter bill.

Amy Tardif

There are four contested circuit judge seats on the ballot on August 14.  All voters in the five-county judicial circuit can vote for each race, no matter where the judge is located. The races are non-partisan.  The Naples Daily News explains:

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/aug/08/four-circuit-judge-seats-collier-lee-county-elect/

Listen to the candidates from a recent Florida Bar forum held in Fort Myers moderated by former Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp:

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition has begun a series of reports from an iconic American corner: First and Main. Several times in the next few months, we'll travel to a battleground state, then to a vital county in each state. In that county, we find a starting point for our visit: First and Main streets, the intersection of politics and real life.

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition has begun a series of reports from First and Main. Several times in the next few months, we'll travel to a battleground state, then to a vital county in each state. In that county, we find a starting point for our visit — an iconic American corner — First and Main streets.

Near the corner of First and Main, in a trailer park in Hillsborough County, Fla., Gregory Brown sticks the key into the motorcycle he has for sale.

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