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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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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.

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.

Farah Dosani

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.

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