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'Dime A Dozen,' Overdose Crisis Rages In South Florida

The manhad just risenfrom the dead. He’s in his mid-20’s. Sitting on a couch in a house in Delray Beach. Pale as a ghost, sweaty, wide-eyed, disoriented. Like he just woke up from a nightmare.

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ACLU of Florida Director Speaks on Sanibel to Southwest Florida Priorities

The American Civil Liberties Union grabbed the world’s attention recently as its attorneys fought against the executive order that has become known as the “travel ban.” Since then, the organization has seen a dramatic increase in donations: $24 million poured in from 350,000 donors in one weekend .

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Tillerson: Defeating ISIS 'No. 1 Goal' for U.S., But Others Should Do More

At the State Department on Wednesday, officials from 68 countries and organizations gathered for a two-day summit to coordinate plans to fight ISIS. This was the first full meeting of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS since 2014, and a chance for the Trump administration to flesh out what it wants to do differently. So far, it is mainly stepping up a fight that the Obama administration put in motion. But the language is certainly different. While the Obama administration used to talk...

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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.

Electric companies are installing smart meters across the state. The change has brought the national debate on smart meter technology to Florida. 

Florida Power and Light (FPL) is switching 4.5 million electric meters across the state to smart meters. Smart meters read energy digitally and send hourly electrical usage from customers' homes to the utility. Information travels through a neighborhood system of two-way radio transmitters to an access point mounted on a power pole.

On any typical day, an average of 100 Floridians register as organ donors. But last Tuesday eight times that number registered. It was the same day Facebook announced users could now declare they're an organ donor on their profile.

More than 1,800 Floridians last week signed up as potential organ and tissue donors. 

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First Lady Michelle Obama visited Naples Friday to campaign for her husband. Local students greeted her upon landing at the airport. Two dozen students from Avalon and Mike Davis Elementary Schools gathered near the runway of Naples Municipal Airport and spoke with the First Lady.

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The last surviving FBI agent present at the autopsy of President John F. Kennedy has died. With James Sibert, goes one more account of how the 35th president was assassinated. A memorial service was held Saturday in Fort Myers.

Dozens of people gather on the porch of Chapel by the Sea. Clouds cast shadows over the morning sky, making it cooler than normal as the breeze from the gulf chills the crowd. Many of these folks are homeless and turn to the Fort Myers Beach church for help. After eating breakfast, they join hands in a circle and recite a prayer.

Inside a storefront near downtown Fort Myers, twenty people wait in a cramped room to be seen by a nurse practitioner. The sign facing the road reads ‘free clinic.’ Parish nurse Yolette Osselin calls the next patient. She passes a painting of Jesus in ‘The Last Supper’ on her way to the sole examination room.

Students stampede into Bonita Springs Middle School’s gymnasium and flood the bleachers.

Staples in gym class may evoke mixed emotions in kids. There’s dodgeball, the mile run, getting yelled at for standing around… Sixth-grader Alexis Fisher embodies that attitude.

Aging baby-boomers, a retiring workforce, and a growing population are driving up the demand for health care providers. It may be an impending problem for some areas. But in certain rural communities, this has long been their reality.

Residents of Glades County have been dealing with a doctor shortage for decades. The county has a new doctor –and he’s its only one.

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