Manatee County Port Authority

Port Manatee Resumes Operations Tuesday

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Port Manatee resumes normal operations Sept. 12 pending authorization from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Florida News

Florida Blue, Humana Pledge $1M Each To Irma Relief

Florida Blue and Humana will donate $1 million each to relief and recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Irma, the companies announced.

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National News

More Than 350 Rescued From Floodwaters in Jacksonville After Irma

One of the coastal cities in Florida inundated with historic flooding after Irma was Jacksonville. The flooding was so severe in some places on Monday that the sheriffs department said it had to rescue more than 350 people. Here & Now s Robin Young talks to WJCT reporter Ryan Benk ( @RyanMichaelBenk ), whos on the scene. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit

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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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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, WGCU's Farah Dosani has the story of two doctors and their experience with the corps.

Farah Dosani

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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