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House Panel Backs Bill Expanding Gun-Sale Background Checks

A key House committee approved a bill Wednesday to require background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms, a first step by majority Democrats to tighten gun laws after eight years of Republican rule.

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After 16 Months Of Dead Fish, Manatees And Dolphins, Florida's Red Tide Ebbs

For well over a year, visitors to Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast beaches have found dead fish lining the shoreline. A red tide algae bloom afflicted coastal communities from Florida's Panhandle to its southern tip. But in the past few weeks, monitoring conducted by marine scientists shows that the red tide bloom is finally disappearing. Red tide blooms occur when a microscopic alga, Karenia brevis , proliferates in a higher than normal concentration. When concentrations are high enough, toxic...

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A young woman died earlier this week in a parasailing accident off of Pompano Beach.

The 28-year-old was up in the air tandem with her husband when her harness "malfunctioned" and she plunged the equivalent of 20 stories into the ocean.

Following Kathleen Miskell's death, government leaders and lawmakers are calling again for more oversight of the popular industry.

RNC Adds Air-Conditioned Covered Walkways

Aug 16, 2012

Mitt Romney was on Florida’s east coast Monday – but in just two weeks he’ll be camped out on west coast for the Republican National Convention in Tampa. WUSF’s Bobbie O’Brien updates us with the convention preparations.

Medicare: Connie Mack IV Says Democrats Are Lying

Aug 16, 2012

Just like the temperature of a fever stricken patient - Medicare is rising as the hottest campaign issue in Florida ever since Paul Ryan was named as Mitt Romney’s running mate.

The Wisconsin congressman proposed a budget that makes major changes in Medicare for future generations – something Democrats are eagerly pointing out.

In response, Republicans are adding fuel to the Medicare debate.

Florida’s GOP candidate for U.S. Senate - Connie Mack the fourth – says the Democrats are offering no Medicare plan only criticism of Republican reforms.

As of Wednesday, young undocumented immigrants in Southwest Florida who want to stay here legally can apply for a temporary reprieve from deportation. 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications Wednesday under the new deferred action policy. 

There are more than 140,000 DREAM Act students in the state of Florida that can apply for deferred action.

And close to 50 thousand in Miami-Dade county.

Jose Luis Marantes is co-founder of Students Working For Equal Rights -- or SWER

He says it is risky for undocumented students to share their information with the federal government.

"But I will tell you one thing. When rights are given to someone. Imagine the amount of power and energy that's taken to win those rights. Watch out what happens if when you try to take those rights away.There's no stopping us."

Is your backyard citrus tree failing?  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed a new iPhone app that can that can probably help you identify the culprit.  Rebecca Blue is the USDA’s undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs which developed the free “Save Our Citrus” app.

GOP Convention Marchers Promote "Peaceful" Event

Aug 16, 2012

A massive protest bringing together thousands of people from around the country is planned for the streets of downtown Tampa during the first day of the Republican National Convention. A group of organizers met today, and Steve Newborn reports they promise the event will be peaceful.

The National Harmful Algal Bloom Committee has elected Barbara Kirkpatrick, a senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, as co-chair.

Kirkpatrick, a leading researcher on the effects of red tide on the human respiratory system, will chair the committee alongside Raphael Kudela, a professor of ocean sciences at UC Santa Cruz. 

The Nature Conservancy

After a record 17-foot Burmese python carrying 87 eggs was caught in Everglades National Park Monday the Nature Conservancy reminds residents and visitors it has a 24-hour response team in ten counties including Collier, Hendry and Glades.

If you see a sun-bathing python or any other invasive species, like Nile monitors, take a photo and call I-888-IveGot1 to report your sighting to the Python Patrol.

State elections officials will re-start an effort to check the voter rolls against lists of possible non-citizens before Election Day in November. 

Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Tuesday the state will have a new list that will be better than the last one. 

That's because the state is expecting to use the federal Homeland Security SAVE database.

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