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A lobbyist given the edit pen on pending regulations. A regulatory agency influenced by the very people and businesses it’s tasked with overseeing. That’s the story from reporter Lucas Deprile, whose report in the Treasure Coast Palms newspaper looks at a trove of emails and meeting notes he says shows the South Florida Water Management District diluting new rules about water quality at the behest of a U.S. Sugar lobbyist. 

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Hurricane Irma is now the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. The Category 5 hurricane is barreling toward Florida with winds in excess of 185 mph. Multiple models show the storm shifting slightly toward the state's east coast, but severe weather is likely across South Florida. A statewide emergency declaration remains in effect Wednesday as communities from the Florida Keys to Marco Island begin evacuations.

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A federal program that funds the clean-up of abandoned and leaking underground fuel tanks could be cut if the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for the Environmental Protection Agency moves forward. It’s a cut that is of concern to Florida in particular, which is home to 15 percent of the nation's leaking tanks, and because the state's drinking water supply is more vulnerable than in most other states. 

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Herbology, acupuncture, and traditional Chinese medicine: those areas of expertise are now coming to Fort Myers with the new doctor of oriental medicine at Lee Physician Group.

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When a person is arrested, and Florida's state attorneys are determining how to proceed with a case, it becomes a critical time during which victims of human trafficking can be identified and helped. Identifying victims among the arrested can not only get them help, but possibly lead to the arrest of those who are exploiting them.