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Forecasters Increase Chances A Tropical System Is Heading To Florida This Weekend

The National Hurricane Center has increased the possibility that a tropical wave over the southeastern Bahamas will pass through Florida – and the Tampa Bay area – as the next named tropical system.

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Laboratory Theater Opens 11th Season with “The Crucible”

The Laboratory Theater of Florida in Fort Myers opens its 11 th season this month with playwright Arthur Miller’s timeless classic, “ The Crucible ,” which serves as a dramatic account of the Salem Witch Trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the late 17 th century. The show will also mark the theater company’s 100 production to date. We’ll take a closer look at the play’s central themes and how they remain just as relevant today as they ever have.

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EPA Makes Rollback Of Clean Water Rules Official, Repealing 2015 Protections

The Trump administration is changing the definition of what qualifies as "waters of the United States," tossing out an Obama-era regulation that had enhanced protections for wetlands and smaller waterways. Thursday's rollback is the first step in a process that will allow the Trump administration to create its own definition of which waters deserve federal protection. A new rule is expected to be finalized this winter. The repeal ends an "egregious power grab," Environmental Protection Agency...

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Attorney General Ashley Moody is challenging a proposed 2020 amendment that would legalize marijuana for adults over the age of 21.

The House approved legislation Wednesday that would permanently bar drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and extend a moratorium on drilling off Florida's west coast.

Coastal lawmakers from both parties said the bills would protect U.S. coasts from drilling that can pollute crucial waters — and lead to disasters such as the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center has increased the possibility that a tropical wave over the southeastern Bahamas will pass through Florida – and the Tampa Bay area – as the next named tropical system.

A local legislator is taking steps to combat what she calls "an alarming and urgent healthcare crisis” – especially among young people.

Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, said she is introducing legislation to raise the legal age to purchase vaping and tobacco products to 21.

2019 Omega Family Health Forum Facebook Page

The Omega Family Health Forum has been held annually for about 20 years. The forum was founded by the Omega Psi Phi fraternity to promote prostate cancer awareness and provide prostate screening services for men. Over time, the forum has expanded to provide health services for the whole family at no cost.


This post was updated at at 12:15 p.m. on Sept. 12

The prospect of genetically modified mosquitoes is back for the Florida Keys — just as a new study raises concerns about the technology.

A group of South Florida fishermen set sail on their boat on the first Friday after Hurricane Dorian made a direct hit on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama as a Category 5 storm.

"As soon as the smoke cleared we were out of here," said Tim Maddock, one of the fishermen.

The slow-moving hurricane made landfall more than a week ago and it was the most powerful storm on record to strike the Bahamas. The storm left many with nothing.

Vaping-Linked Lung Problems Surface In Florida

Sep 11, 2019

VAPI. It isn’t the latest internet slang.

It’s an acronym for what health officials are calling “vaping associated pulmonary injury.”

It has potentially affected 450 people in 33 states, including Florida, and caused five deaths as of Friday, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Senators Get Briefed On Hepatitis A

Sep 11, 2019

With more than 2,400 cases this year, a Florida Senate committee will receive an update next week about the state’s hepatitis A outbreak.

Community coalitions and government programs that help parents improve their well-being are seeing those improvements passed on to children.

That’s according to the 2019 Florida Child Well-Being Index, which was released Wednesday by Florida Kids Count.

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