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Irma To Travel Up Center of Florida

Hurricane Irma though weakening some overnight to 155 mph is expected to remain a Category 4 until landfall in south Florida on Sunday, remaining a strong hurricane.

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Collier County Evacuation, Shelter Updates

From the Collier County Public Information Office Evacuations - Mandatory evacuations will go into place at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, for Goodland, Everglades City and Chokoloskee. Hurricane Irma has the potential to induce dangerous and damaging storm surge in those areas. Residents of mobile homes throughout Collier County, especially those east of Collier Boulevard (S.R. and C.R. 951), are strongly advised to evacuate to a hardened structure or to an emergency shelter. Emergency Shelters ...

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Hackers Accessed The Personal Data Of 143 Million People, Equifax Says

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh1gzJFVFLc Equifax, an international credit reporting agency, has announced that a cybersecurity breach exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. In a statement released Thursday , the Atlanta-based agency acknowledged that "criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files." Those files include data such as Social Security numbers, birthdates and addresses — and, Equifax adds, "in some instances...

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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.

Farah Dosani

Jennifer Lee and her four year-old daughter Kristin check out the Halloween candy she brought home from school.

"Arlin was so sad that he couldn't go trick-or-treating that I promised him we wouldn't go either", reminded Lee to her daughter. "No, he couldn't go, because he was in the hospital, right?"

"No", answered Kristen.

Lee's seven-year-old son Arlin has been in a behavioral hospital in Orlando for almost two weeks. He lives with bipolar disorder and had reached a crisis point. The single mom drove her son three hours away from their Cape Coral home to get help.

Health Service Corps

Mar 16, 2011

More than 65 million Americans live in areas without enough primary care providers and the shortage is only expected to get worse. But health care reform is working to change that by expanding the National Health Service Corps. That federal program helps pay for aspiring primary care clinicians.

The catch? They must work in areas where they're needed most. For HealthyState.org, WGCU's Farah Dosani has the story of two doctors and their experience with the corps.

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One year has passed since a Haitian national named Mesac Damas allegedly killed his wife and five children in Naples. Police say the couple had a history of domestic violence. The incident shook the Southwest Florida Haitian community - as Damas was one of their own. For the Healthy State Collaborative, WGCU's Farah Dosani reports on how it made them reflect on views within their culture that have allowed domestic violence to silently occur and escalate within the community.

Hindu Temple

Aug 19, 2009

Followers of the world's most ancient religion now have their own place of worship in Southwest Florida. The Hindu community is celebrating the completion of its new temple after years of holding services without one. The official grand opening is Sunday.

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