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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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Friday marks the start of the highly anticipated Summer Olympic Games and among those heading to London is Southwest Florida Chiropractor Dr. Cade Copeland of LIFEStrength Family Chiropractic in Naples.

He’s among a network of doctors affiliated with a global health initiative called Maximized Living who have been working with US athletes on everything from how they train to what they eat. Dr. Copeland tells WGCU’s John Davis, that getting athletes to take his advice in lieu of their own established training regimen hasn’t been that difficult.

Two students from Florida Gulf Coast University are competing in the Summer Olympics in London. Both are international students who are standouts on FGCU’s Women’s Swim Team.

Mike Dove

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.

Jason Alegria

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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