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More Than 7000 Acres Burn, Homes Destroyed in Wildfires

Evacuations due to wildfires have been lifted in Lee and Collier Counties. 7000 acres burned in Collier at 30 th Avenue in Golden Gate Estates that was 50% contained as of Sunday afternoon. Three homes were destroyed. The cause of that fire is still under investigation. The News-press reports an arson investigator says a fire in Lehigh Acres, which destroyed 4 homes may have been caused by a cigarette. WGCU’s Quincy Walters spent the weekend keeping up with the changing conditions in Collier.

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Yom HaShoah: Commemorating the Jewish Victims of the Holocaust

The atrocities of the Holocaust are the focus of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in late January, but the observation of Yom HaShoah in late April is a date on the Jewish calendar set aside specifically to remember the nearly 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazis and their collaborators.

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North Korea Threatens To Sink U.S. Carrier; China Urges Restraint

North Korea could reduce a U.S. strike force to a sea wreck if it's provoked, the country's propaganda outlets said Monday, adding to tensions on the Korean Peninsula. With the threat of a nuclear test in North Korea looming and another U.S. citizen reportedly detained there, China's President Xi Jinping is urging President Trump to avoid escalating the situation. The two leaders spoke by phone Monday, according to Chinese state media CCTV , which reports that Xi told Trump he "hopes all...

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Some Florida lawmakers want manatees back on the endangered species list.


Updated at 11 a.m. Tuesday

On the wall behind Jim McCarthy’s desk hangs a large photograph of a skeletonized tree trunk resting on the iconic Boneyard Beach at Big Talbot Island State Park.

“That beach is important,” said McCarthy, president of North Florida Land Trust. Since 2012, the nonprofit organization has preserved most of the over 1,000 acres of privately owned land on the island. The project, which protects migratory birds’ layover spots and diamondback terrapins’ dwellings, is largely financed by a private fund.


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Jury selection began Monday morning in the first death penalty murder trial in Orange County since ninth circuit state attorney Aramis Ayala said she would not pursue that punishment. 29-year-old Juan Rosario faces execution for arson and first degree murder in the death of his 83-year-old neighbor Elena Ortega.

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Florida wildlife authorities are aiming to expand the threatened Florida scrub-jay’s population by introducing the bird to new habitats.

The idea is to relocate Florida scrub-jays from their stable population in the Ocala National Forest to restored habitats the animals have not yet discovered.

Forecast Uncertain on Rest of Florida's Fire Season

Apr 17, 2017
Photo: Big Cypress National Preserve via Flickr

The Florida Forest Service says that more than 16,000 acres continue to burn across Florida, and those numbers could climb in the coming weeks. 

Firefighters are three times more likely to die from suicide than to die in the line of duty, according to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Report Reveals New Details From Florida Nightclub Shooting

Apr 17, 2017

A new report from Orlando police reveals nearly half of the 49 victims in the Pulse nightclub attack died on the dance floor without a chance to react or run for help.


Adventure rafting is coming to SeaWorld Orlando.


The Florida House is signing off on an ambitious $200 million plan to shift students from chronically failing schools to charter schools run by private organizations.

A Senate panel has approved a measure allowing craft distillers to sell more spirits directly.  The idea is garnering support from unlikely sources.

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