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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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Although the official start of the summer season is still days away, the tale-tell sweltering heat of another sub-tropical Southwest Florida summer is now upon us.  For decades, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams has been collecting an arsenal of methods for beating the heat that lean heavily on creative hydration recipes.

In this week’s essay, she shares a recent discovery that she’s anxious to put into effect in to quell the hot humid months to come and that’s easy to make with items found in just about any herb garden.

Madeline's Herb-Infused Water Recipe:

Charter schools have scored a key victory following Governor Rick Scott’s approval of a large education bill. But just because the measure is now law does not mean it will go unchallenged.

A new law signed today requires public notification within 24 hours of pollution incidents. 

Florida’s insurance officials are considering moves to rein in assignments after the Legislature again failed to take action.  The procedure allows service providers to work directly with an insurer, but some say they’re taking advantage of the system.

Cases Made That Florida Teacher Test Scoring Is Flawed

Jun 16, 2017

A man has become the second to recently challenge the Florida Department of Education on how it scores teacher tests.

Scott Vetoes Higher Education Changes

Jun 16, 2017

With a stroke of his veto pen, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday wiped out most of the higher-education policy initiatives that had been advanced by Senate President Joe Negron during the 2017 legislative session.

A federal judge in Florida has reversed his own order and will keep a self-professed neo-Nazi accused of collecting bomb-making materials in jail during legal proceedings.

In the middle of the school year, Hayden Dallip was at home in Miami Gardens when he got a call from his seventh-grade daughter. “She was crying—she said, 'Daddy, hurry up and come to the school.' " The phone call home came after a fight with another student. “I said, 'what’s going on, what’s going on?' She said, ‘Please come to the school because they suspended me,” Dallip recounted.

Participants in the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America were welcomed to the Florida International University (FIU) Modesto Maidique campus on Thursday by protesters. 

Florida is the second worst state in the nation at providing home- and community-based health care options for seniors and the disabled, a new report says.


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