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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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It’s been about a year since a gunman killed 49 people in Orlando’s Pulse Night Club – a popular spot among members of the lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender community. After the incident, people lined up to give blood, and gay men pushed for the right to help their friends. Twelve months later, a Food and Drug administration rule preventing sexually active gay men from giving blood still stands.

Gun rights supporters as well as gun control advocates are declaring victory over this year’s Florida legislative session. But, they’re marking some disappointments as well.

President Trump brought a fiery taste of the Cold War back to Miami today when he announced his new Cuba policy. But is his Cuba crackdown likely to leverage the democratic changes he promised?

HAVANA — Cuba is starting an electoral process that is expected to end with President Raul Castro stepping down in February.

The Council of State says in Wednesday's state media that voting for municipal assemblies will take place on Oct. 22. It doesn't set the date of voting for the country's parliament, which selects the Council of State and the president. Elections are held every five years.

Castro has said he'll step down as president in February, although he is expected to remain head of the ruling Communist Party.

President Donald Trump Friday announced new restrictions on travel and business with Cuba, reversing some of the relaxed new relations instituted two years ago by President Barack Obama.

The Florida League of Women Voters is asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a decades-old legal dispute: when a justice’s term ends at the same time as the sitting governor, who appoints a replacement? 

Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law seeking to improve Florida's eyewitness ID system.

After months in plateau, the Florida unemployment rate is sliding downward.

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A state plan to protect estuaries by moving excess water north of Lake Okeechobee underground is sparking opposition.

The plan is aimed at preventing toxic algae blooms like last summer's by disposing of excess water through some 60 deep injection wells north of Lake Okeechobee.

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A group of about 30 activists marched through downtown Fort Myers on Flag Day Wednesday. Activists around the country held similar marches. Their message: art matters and so do the lives of the marginalized. 

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