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Immokalee HS Graduation Rate Is Up 5 Years In A Row

An Immokalee High School graduate begins as a freshman at Harvard University on a full-ride scholarship this fall as the first student from that high school in the predominantly farmworker community to be accepted into the Ivy League university as an undergrad. But, her story is just one example of the community’s recent upward education trend.

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Betsy DeVos Speech Greeted By Protesters She Calls 'Defenders Of The Status Quo'

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke to the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, on Thursday in Denver, but protests from left-wing activists and teacher groups started Wednesday. Hundreds marched from the state Capitol in Denver to the Hyatt Regency, the site of the speech, with signs reading: "Dump Betsy DeVos," "Take Devouchers Elsewhere" and "Stop School Privatization!" DeVos' speeches have drawn notable protests before, as when she gave the commencement...

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Scientists are re-introducing indigo snakes for the first time in decades to a stretch of forest outside Tallahassee.

Gov. Rick Scott spent the past week touting the state's move ahead of Texas in the overall number of passengers boarding airplanes.

While many large commercial airports in Florida have been steadily climbing, the vault to second in the nation in 2016 came with growth predominantly at facilities in Central and South Florida.

 

On Tuesday morning, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote in favor of a bill cutting the EPA's budget by 7 percent. The Environmental Defense Fund and its partner advocacy organization, EDF Action, are denouncing the move.

 

Authorities are calling the Pasco County sinkhole that swallowed up two homes last week the biggest sinkhole in the state in recent history.  At last check, it was 225 feet wide and 50 feet deep.  

Because many residents in the area of the Lake Padgett sinkhole depend on well water, Pasco Emergency Management personnel are taking water samples to be tested for E. coli and other contaminants.  

The case counts are low, but Zika's still a threat.

That was the message of a meeting of county and state mosquito control officials Monday in Doral.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Visits Orlando

Jul 17, 2017
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Today the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, will visit Orlando to deliver the keynote address at the annual convention for LeadingAge Florida.
 The nonprofit coalition represents more than 250 nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and retirement communities across the state.

The state agency overseeing Everglades restoration is threatening to stop participating in congressionally mandated scientific reviews of its progress.

The South Florida Water Management District says it is considering withdrawing financially from the National Academies of Sciences and seeking scientific guidance elsewhere.

Spokesman Randy Smith says the scientists are overstepping their authority and threatening to slow Everglades restoration by weighing in on budgetary and engineering issues.

Delray Beach, Florida-based wedding gown retailer Alfred Angelo filed for bankruptcy and shut all of its stores Thursday, including the one on Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville.

More than 100,000 Venezuelans gathered in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties on Sunday to vote against president Nicolas Maduro's efforts to change the country's constitution.

Senator Nelson Aiding The Fight Against Garbage Juice

Jul 17, 2017

Jackson County commissioners and city managers met with Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson Friday to discuss a deep injection well proposed for Marianna.

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