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Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Operation Nets 120 Arrests

A multi-jurisdictional local law enforcement initiative dubbed “Operation Triple Beam” has netted the arrest of 120 people and the seizure of 45 firearms, two vehicles, nearly $19,000 and nearly 12 kilograms of narcotics in Southwest Florida.

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Gulf Coast Live

Summer Music Review

Over the last several months we’ve featured a number of remarkable live music performances on the show ranging from hip-hop and soul to indie rock, bluegrass, blues and even spoken word. We’ll listen back to selections from some of our favorite recent performances from musicians Dara Carter and Dee Goodson as well as the bands Broken Waves , the Swamp Rats and April Lee Fields Story & Song .

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Trump Shifts From Background Checks To Mental Illness Reform At N.H. Rally

At his first campaign rally after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump appeared to back away from supporting a possible expansion of background checks in favor of a push for more attention to mental illness. "There is a mental illness problem that has to be dealt with. It's not the gun that pulls the trigger — it's the person holding the gun," Trump said to roars and a standing ovation from the Manchester, N.H., crowd. Trump used a similar line immediately after...

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The Florida Bar has found no probable cause that Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz violated its rules in a tweet he posted about President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Amid a growing backlash against charter schools without a long-term plan to have armed guards onsite, a state commission on Thursday pressured Broward County Superintendent of Schools Robert Runcie to shut down charters that have failed to meet the state mandate. 

TSA agent Robert Henry jumped to his death inside the Orlando International Airport in February. Afterward, agents came forward to say Henry was bullied at work and that Transportation Security Administration has a toxic work environment.

Sea levels locally may be rising more quickly than had been anticipated. The estimates for Tampa Bay have just gone up.

Scientists monitoring Tampa Bay have updated the most conservative estimate for the expected rise in the bay during this century. That means they're no longer considering the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's prediction of a 2-foot rise. The conservative estimate now is from three to 3 1/2 feet above current sea levels.

More than 85 percent of all hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin occurs after the middle of August.

Some consider Aug. 15 as the “real” start to hurricane season. To others, like former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, it’s synonymous with the start of football season.

Judge Raises New Question In Felons Voting Fight

Aug 16, 2019

A federal judge added a new twist Thursday in the legal battle over whether convicted felons who’ve served their time behind bars should be required to pay court-ordered financial obligations before voting rights are restored.

Plaintiffs in the case are challenging a state law that carries out a constitutional amendment granting voting rights to felons “who have completed all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation.” The amendment, approved by voters in November, excluded people “convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.”

John Davis, WGCU

A multi-jurisdictional local law enforcement initiative dubbed “Operation Triple Beam” has netted the arrest of 120 people and the seizure of 45 firearms, two vehicles, nearly $19,000 and nearly 12 kilograms of narcotics in Southwest Florida. 


Repeal Sought Of Longstanding Gun Law

Aug 15, 2019

A Democratic senator Wednesday filed a bill that seeks to repeal a decades-old prohibition on cities and counties passing gun restrictions that are stricter than state firearms laws. 

At age 84, Social Security, America’s senior safety net program, is in its "Golden Years," but that may not last unless the federal government steps in. The program's birthday was marked with cake and a media event on Wednesday at Tallahassee City Hall with activists calling on congress to fully fund the Social Security trust fund. 

Florida agriculture leaders met in Gainesville this week to talk about climate change solutions within the industry.

The meeting came after a warning from the United Nations urging farmers and foresters to adapt to global warming -- for the sake of the environment and the agriculture industry.

WUSF's Jessica Meszaros spoke with Lynetta Usher Griner, a logger and one of the organizers of the Gainesville meeting. 

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