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LaBelle Kids Tame Wild Horses For Adoption

Children in rural Hendry County are training wild horses, making them suitable for adoption. They’re challenged to discipline 12 mustangs from Nevada in 100 days. But since Gov. Rick Scott just vetoed state funding for their club , the group predicts a future financial struggle. Let's go to the ranch in LaBelle where the kids are taming these wild animals.

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R.A.P.I.D. Class Teaches Teenage Girls How to Respond to Dangerous Situations

The acronym “R.A.P.I.D.” signifies the steps teenage girls are advised to follow in a new course being offered by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department : Respond to a dangerous situation by Assessing your surroundings, Protecting yourself, Identifying defensive strategies, and applying Defensive actions (as a last resort). It's the name of a class that’s LCSO is offering exclusively for teenage years.

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Heavy Rains And Flooding As Tropical Storm Cindy Makes Landfall

Some coastal areas in Texas and Louisiana are under a tropical storm warning and forecasters are warning of potential heavy flooding as Tropical Storm Cindy moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico Thursday morning. Severe weather and flooding has already been reported over the last two days along the Gulf Coast. The storm made landfall early Thursday morning near the Texas/Louisiana border, according to the National Hurricane Center . The center predicts the storm will diminish to a tropical...

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A George Washington University and Commonwealth Fund report suggests Florida’s economy stands to lose big if Congress passes the current version of a measure repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Researchers estimate the Sunshine State could lose more than 80,000, two-thirds in the healthcare sector.


Florida health officials have laid out a new process to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana, as they attempt to meet deadlines included in the November ballot measure.

Appeals Court Rejects Caloosahatchee Water Case

Jun 20, 2017

A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ management of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River caused pollution problems in the Southwest Florida waterway.

Forecasters Tracking Low Pressure System In Gulf

Jun 19, 2017

A low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico could be the first storm to threaten Florida during the 2017 hurricane season.

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An anthropologist pursuing his Ph.D. at Brown University spent the past few months researching the H-2A guest worker program in Florida’s citrus industry. He heads to Mexico this summer to spend time with those workers in their own communities.

A Miami-area beach has been shut down by Florida officials after levels of bacteria from animal intestines were too high.

Florida health officials have issued their proposed rules to implement the state's constitutional medical marijuana amendment.

City of St. Petersburg

President Donald Trump has announced new rules that will take away some of the freedoms Americans now enjoy to travel to Cuba. In Miami Friday afternoon, Trump said Americans can no longer travel as individuals in person-to-person exchanges to one of Florida’s nearest international neighbors.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said that will hurt everyday Cubans.

Tropical Development Likely in Gulf Next 48 Hrs

Jun 19, 2017
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A tropical storm is likely to form later today or tomorrow in the southern Gulf, but it's too early to talk specifics. Regardless, some heavy rain will fall this week in parts of Florida. Hurricane hunters are scheduled to fly into the system later today.

The claims are flying fast and furious around the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. A version proposed by Republicans in the House of Representatives would replace it with the American Health Care Act.

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