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Amy Tardif

Two alumni of Florida Gulf Coast University head to Rio de Janeiro this week to compete in the summer Olympics.

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Two people were killed and 18 others were injured in a shooting outside Club Blu in Fort Myers early Monday morning.  The venue had been hosting a party for teens.  19 of the victims, ranging in age from 12 to 27 years old, were treated at area hospitals including 18-year-old Stef’An Strawder.  14-year-old Sean Archilles died on the scene.

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Members of the union representing Florida’s corrections officers recently called on Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, to call an emergency legislative session to address problems in Florida prisons.  An independent audit of Florida’s prison system released last fall highlights chronic understaffing and points a finger at the state legislature for years of budget cuts that have resulted in poor facility conditions, low pay, high staff turnover, and high levels of inexperienced staff at the state’s 49 prisons.  

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The number of babies born physically dependent on drugs is on the rise in Florida and around the nation.  The condition, called neonatal abstinence syndrome occurs in newborns who were exposed to addictive opiate drugs like heroin, methadone and oxycodone in utero.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of babies born with NAS increased five-fold from 2000 to 2012.  

The U.S. experienced two high-profile shooting deaths of African-American men by police last week:  Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN.  Following those deaths, a lone gunman in Dallas, TX killed five law enforcement officers  and injured nine others Thursday night at a Black Lives Matter protest that had otherwise been peaceful.  In the wake of these shootings we’ll get reaction from Florida’s law enforcement community, including regarding a legislative effort to add law enforcement officers and firefighters to the state’s hate crime law.