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Cuban Airplane Crashes Shortly After Take-Off From Havana Airport

Cuban state media reported that a Boeing 737 on a domestic flight crashed in a rural area Friday afternoon shortly after takeoff from Havana's José Martí International Airport. There were reportedly 104 passengers plus crew aboard the plane that was leased by Cubana de Aviación, the Cuban national airline, from a Mexican company. At least three survivors were transported to a nearby hospital. Granma, the Communist Party newspaper, reported the three were in critical condition. There were no...

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FEMA Denies Contract Extension In Puerto Rico, Power Crews Head Home

For more than a week, Puerto Rico's representative in Congress has been urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend the contract under which mainland power crews have been helping repair the island's power grid. On Thursday, FEMA denied that request, while approving a separate one by Puerto Rico's governor to maintain hundreds of emergency generators on the island. The decision means that Friday is the last day that line restoration crews hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

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As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition has begun a series of reports from an iconic American corner: First and Main. Several times in the next few months, we'll travel to a battleground state, then to a vital county in each state. In that county, we find a starting point for our visit: First and Main streets, the intersection of politics and real life.

While most of us only watched the Summer Olympics from afar, a Naples doctor returned from London last week, where he’d been helping Team USA athletes train. 

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More than 50 thousand people are expected to visit the Tampa Bay area for the Republican National Convention-- and with that flood of people comes health concerns.  Health officials are planning to hand out health fliers to educate convention-goers on heat exhaustion-- but what about the other health risks--like the spread of STDs? Sarah Pusateri talked with an upscale escort who says she's prepared.

Prostitution in the Tampa Bay area is expected to increase during the Republican National Convention. But will that lead to the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases?

The Lee Memorial Health System is the recipient of what may be the largest philanthropic donation ever received in Southwest Florida – $20 million earmarked for construction of a children’s hospital.

Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards says she’ll have no problem meeting the Justice Department’s Aug. 15 deadline for election records.

The documentation request made on July 31 is related to a statewide effort to remove non-citizens from voter rolls.

Edwards says her office has contacted 27 questionable voters. One responded with proof of citizenship.  Many did not respond to a certified letter.  And, some called to explain how they were erroneously enrolled to vote – via the motor voter bill.

Amy Tardif

There are four contested circuit judge seats on the ballot on August 14.  All voters in the five-county judicial circuit can vote for each race, no matter where the judge is located. The races are non-partisan.  The Naples Daily News explains:

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/aug/08/four-circuit-judge-seats-collier-lee-county-elect/

Listen to the candidates from a recent Florida Bar forum held in Fort Myers moderated by former Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp:

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition has begun a series of reports from an iconic American corner: First and Main. Several times in the next few months, we'll travel to a battleground state, then to a vital county in each state. In that county, we find a starting point for our visit: First and Main streets, the intersection of politics and real life.

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition has begun a series of reports from First and Main. Several times in the next few months, we'll travel to a battleground state, then to a vital county in each state. In that county, we find a starting point for our visit — an iconic American corner — First and Main streets.

Near the corner of First and Main, in a trailer park in Hillsborough County, Fla., Gregory Brown sticks the key into the motorcycle he has for sale.

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.

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