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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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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is unveiling its plan for 2017 and looking for public feedback.

States across the country are struggling to hold off a rising tide of opioid abuse and Florida is no exception.  But the return of harsh penalties for possession—a hallmark of the war on drugs—is frustrating a broad spectrum of advocates and officials.

A new report on how Florida handles young human trafficking victims is receiving mixed reviews.

Justices Reject Challenge To Scott's Citrus Veto

Jul 14, 2017

Despite clear frustrations of some justices, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined to invalidate Gov. Rick Scott's veto of $37.4 million that lawmakers approved to compensate homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were cut down by the state more than a decade ago.

Florida wildlife officials say lionfish harvesters are crucial to getting rid of the invasive species. But, lionfish removal divers are urged to safely remove the fish without causing any natural habitat damage.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, pleased that his demands were met on crafting the bill to repeal Obamacare, said he was ready to announce his support for the Republican backed legislation, the Miami Herald reported.

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The Florida Supreme Court will not overturn the governor’s vetoes of money the state owes some residents for destroying their citrus trees. However, justices did appear to agree the homeowners are due their compensation.

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Warming temperatures and ocean acidification are significant threats to coral reefs, but a new study by Mote Marine Laboratory researchers last month provides something of a silver lining.   Researchers found that ocean acidification could actually help slow the progression of a disease that kills corals.

Amy Bennett Williams

The sweltering heat of sub-tropical summer has taken hold here in Southwest Florida.  On the bright side though, it’s the time of year when delicious mangoes abound and when Southwest Florida residents look forward to MangoMania, which hits Pine Island this weekend.  While our taste buds may relish their juicy sweetness, the fruit comes with its perils.  Many people either have or can develop an allergic reaction to the skin of mangoes and their sticky sap.

Florida Citrus Harvest Lowest In Decades

Jul 14, 2017

The final forecast of the 2016-2017 season for Florida's struggling citrus industry shows the orange crop falling 16 percent from the previous season — which, itself, had been at a five-decades low.


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