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Lee Health Reopens Kidney Transplant Program After Nearly Yearlong Suspension

This week the Lee Health kidney transplant program reopened as the Lee Health Transplant Institute at Gulf Coast Medical Center . One of just nine kidney transplant centers in Florida, and the only one between Tampa and Miami, the center has more than 150 patients waiting to receive a donated kidney.

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Florida News

Anti-Fracking Rally Planned At State Capitol

A rally to drum up support for a bill that would ban fracking for oil and gas in Florida is expected to draw people from around the state Wednesday morning on the steps of the state capitol. Hundreds are expected to attend from throughout the state. The rally will feature appearances by State Senators Jack Latvala of Pinellas County and Gary Farmer of Fort Lauderdale. They're backing a bill to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing , or fracking, that has been introduced by Sen. Dana Young...

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National News

Gorsuch Hearing For Top Court Lacks The High Drama Of Those In Recent Past

In a hearing that stretched through nearly 12 hours Tuesday, the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch took a long step toward Senate confirmation. Barring an utterly unforeseen reversal when the questioning resumes Wednesday, observers expect Judiciary Committee approval along party lines on April 3 and a similar win on the Senate floor. Twenty senators took turns asking questions for half an hour each. The Republicans tried to get the country to share their affinity for the nominee. The...

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Among the new state laws that took effect in July is a measure that’s dissolved local government prohibitions on beekeeping and put apiary regulation entirely in the hands of state government. 

Some home-rule advocates oppose the law, but it’s being celebrated as a boon, especially for backyard beekeepers. 

Fort Myers resident Milissa Bell, known as “The Unruly Gardener,” is an organic gardening consultant for whom keeping honey bees is a natural fit.  Her name means “honey bee” in Greek, and after all, the bees chose her.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has responded to a lawsuit filed against it Monday by Earthjustice alleging that it is violating state laws governing water quality.

The Corps controls water releases from Lake Okeechobee that flow down the Caloosahatchee River into coastal estuaries. The federal lawsuit alleges the way the Corps manages those releases is creating environmental havoc, health issues and impacting quality of life.

Friday marks the start of the highly anticipated Summer Olympic Games and among those heading to London is Southwest Florida Chiropractor Dr. Cade Copeland of LIFEStrength Family Chiropractic in Naples.

He’s among a network of doctors affiliated with a global health initiative called Maximized Living who have been working with US athletes on everything from how they train to what they eat. Dr. Copeland tells WGCU’s John Davis, that getting athletes to take his advice in lieu of their own established training regimen hasn’t been that difficult.

Two students from Florida Gulf Coast University are competing in the Summer Olympics in London. Both are international students who are standouts on FGCU’s Women’s Swim Team.

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Earth Justice filed a federal lawsuit Monday on behalf of the Florida Wildlife Federation, the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

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Activists in the Fair Food movement will protest in front of Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants across the country Wednesday. The Coalition of Immokalee (CIW) workers say the chain is not living up to a 2009 agreement. But, the nationwide purveyor of burritos and other Mexican-style food says that’s not the case.

FGCU Bringing Car Sharing to Campus

Jul 24, 2012

Car sharing is coming to Florida Gulf Coast University. The school has partnered with WeCar by Enterprise – the car rental agency -- to offer two cars to be rented by the hour or day beginning next month.

Florida’s top education official was at Edison State College Wednesday for the latest stop on his tour meeting with educators, and parents for a closer look at Standardized testing

President Obama cut short his two day campaign swing through Florida today in response to the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 people dead and injured dozens more. Instead of holding his previously scheduled campaign rally in Fort Myers this morning, the President took the opportunity to respond to the shooting. WGCU’s John Davis has more.

Hundreds of people braved the heat and humidity in Southwest Florida Wednesday, standing in line for hours for free tickets to hear President Obama speak in Fort Myers on Friday.

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