Lee County

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Now that summer break is upon us, food insecurity is hitting some Southwest Florida families especially hard. According to a recent United States Department of Agriculture study, 16.5 percent of all U.S. households with children experienced food insecurity in 2016, affecting some 6.5 million children.

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The Florida Division of Forestry plans to conduct a Greenway Wildfire burnout Thursday afternoon around 2 p.m.

The Greenway Fire was started last Wednesday, March 21, by a lightning strike a mile north of U.S. 41 East and 4 miles east of County Road 951 in rural Collier County.

Over the weekend, the blaze destroyed a recreational vehicle and damaged a home in Naples.

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Lee County’s second medical marijuana dispensary opened yesterday.

In the 16 months since Amendment 2 passed in Florida, a company called Curaleaf has opened five dispensaries in the state.

 

WGCU's Rachel Iacovone took a tour of the new Fort Myers facility Tuesday. She joins Gulf Coast Live with a report on what’s available and how patients are accessing these products – ranging from capsules to vaporizer pens to oils.

 

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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Lee County School District held a joint news conference Wednesday morning to announce measures they’ll begin taking immediately to begin hardening local schools. WGCU's Quincy Walters joins Gulf Coast Live to report back the district's plans, including one to put a school resource officer at every school.

School District of Lee County

A month after the mass shooting at a Parkland high school, students across the nation planned to walk out of class in solidarity with victims and survivors, but at one Lee County school, students were unsure whether or not they could join the movement.

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