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Thousands Attend Funeral for FMPD Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller

Law enforcement officers from across Florida, as well as first responders, and state and local elected officials were among those converging on Germain Arena in Estero Monday to mourn the loss of 29-year-old Fort Myers Police Department Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller. WGCU’s John Davis was at the funeral and has this report.

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Paul Manafort's Ex-Partner Rick Gates Testifies They Broke The Law Together

Updated at 6:23 p.m. ET Paul Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates took the witness stand on Monday for the most highly anticipated — and likely crucial — testimony in Manafort's trial on bank and tax fraud charges. Gates worked as Manafort's right-hand man over the past decade, and prosecutors say he helped Manafort evade taxes and lie to banks to qualify for loans. Gates pleaded guilty earlier this year as part of an agreement to cooperate with federal prosecutors. "Did you commit...

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Medicaid Dental Challenge Dropped

Jul 30, 2018

There’s one less Medicaid contract challenge the state Agency for Health Care Administration will have to try to fend off before an administrative law judge. 

Monroe County already had one of the highest suicide rates in the state of Florida.

Then came Hurricane Irma. And although most of the debris has been removed from land - and lots of repairs are underway — the storm continues to impact the Keys, almost a year later.

Two undocumented immigrants who were arrested for driving without a license and face deportation are suing Miami-Dade County over its immigration detention policy. The lawsuit was filed in federal court this week, claiming the county’s policy is unconstitutional.

 

Once upon a time, the Red Wolf roamed the south and eastern United States, from Texas to Pennsylvania. Today, there are fewer than 40 wolves left in the wild. The species is what’s called “functionally extinct”— with most of the remaining 200 or so wolves in captivity. The Trump administration is proposing changes to the Endangered Species Act that conservationists worry, could end what little protection the Red Wolf has left.

Toxic algae again is blooming in Florida waterways.

The algae began in Lake Okeechobee and is spreading after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated flows to the adjoining Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers.

Court: Release Surveillance Video In Parkland School Shooting

Jul 27, 2018

News organizations are entitled to obtain surveillance video showing the law enforcement response to the Valentine's Day mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Medicaid Enrollment Expected To Keep Dropping

Jul 27, 2018

The number of Medicaid patients in Florida could be decreasing like never before. Members of the state’s Social Services Estimating Conference on Wednesday agreed to revise downward overall Medicaid enrollment estimates for fiscal year 2018-2019 from 4.02 million people to 3.86 million people. 

A Tallahassee-area prosecutor says there is insufficient evidence to prove that former state Senator Jack Latvala traded sexual favors in order to help pass legislation.


A civil rights attorney best known for representing the family of Trayvon Martin said Thursday that prosecutors should not apply Florida's Stand Your Ground law in a recent shooting death near Clearwater.

Was a former CIA director really a card-carrying member of the Communist Party? And is state agriculture commissioner and candidate for governor Adam Putnam partly resposible for all that green algae oozing out of Lake Okeechobee and fouling the coastline?

Democrats are disparaging Putnam with the name "Algae Adam,"  saying he backed a water bill in 2016 that gutted water quality regulations. WUSF's Steve Newborn gets to the bottom of these claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

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