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Tropical Storm Conditions Expected Along Portions of Florida's Gulf Coast by This Evening

FRIDAY 11 AM UPDATE: Air Force Reserve hurricane hunters have found the system to be stronger, and the National Hurricane Center says maximum winds have increased to 60 mph. Forecasters say the system is not officially a subtropical or tropical storm yet because it lacks a “well-defined” center of circulation. Nonetheless, the forecast wind speeds have been adjusted slightly higher and probabilities of it being classified with the name Nestor remain at 90 percent. There are no changes to the...

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Master Storyteller Sheila Arnold Comes to FGCU

We're delving into the critical, but often overlooked skill and art of storytelling and its power to educate, entertain, connect, and foster empathy and healing. Professional storyteller, character interpreter and teaching artist Sheila Arnold will be featured in Florida Gulf Coast University’s Professional Storyteller Series Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 for a storytelling performance called “Locks Opened: Waterways to Freedom” consisting of stories of the underground railroad. Arnold will also conduct a workshop titled, “Folktales, Fairytales & Social Justice.”

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Pence Says Turkey Has Agreed To Suspend Its Incursion Into Syria

Updated at 5:49 p.m. ET U.S. Vice President Pence says he has brokered a cease-fire deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to suspend the Turkish incursion into northern Syria, targeting Kurdish forces. However, minutes later, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that he did not consider it a cease-fire. Çavuşoğlu described it as a "pause" in the operation, dubbed Peace Spring. He said that a cease-fire "can only happen between two legitimate sides," according to...

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This week, winds shifted from the west to the east, bringing a patch of red tide closer to shore and depositing dead fish and other sea life onto the beaches of Collier and Lee counties. 

FDLE use genetic genealogy to find suspects in a case the same way a person fills in their family tree using an at-home DNA testing kit.

Detectives look for close relative matches using DNA from suspects found at a crime scene and DNA in the databases of GEDMatch and Family Tree DNA.

Then the team can investigate matches as potential leads.

Commissioner Richard Swearingen says they’ve been able to find suspects in a homicide and in a sexual assault cold case this way.

Latvala: Budget Cuts May Be Necessary To Pay For Teacher Raises

Oct 18, 2019

A House education panel on Thursday began delving into the issue of raising teacher pay, with a key lawmaker saying that while "everything is on the table," the panel still needs to figure out where the money would come from.

Sarasota Senator Seeks To Protect Dogs During Bad Weather

Oct 18, 2019

People who leave dogs outside and unattended during freezing temperatures or other severe weather could face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $5,000, under a measure filed Wednesday in the Florida Senate.

The proposal (SB 522) by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, would lead to first-degree misdemeanor charges for people who leave dogs outside, “regardless of whether the dog has access to an outdoor shelter,” when the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather advisory or warning.

Court Upholds Prosecution Of Miami Lakes Middle Student For Threats

Oct 18, 2019

In a case stemming from a threat posted online after last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, an appeals court has rejected a challenge to the prosecution of a teen for disrupting his middle school.

The ruling Wednesday by the 3rd District Court of Appeal focused on whether the Miami Lakes Middle School student should have been shielded from prosecution because he posted the threat while off school grounds.

The teen, identified by the initials O.P-G, was found guilty of violating a law that seeks to prevent “disruption of a school function.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans to propose sweeping legislation meant to address Florida's water woes in a press conference Wednesday outside a Jupiter sewage plant.

The proposals largely follow the recommendations of a panel of scientists DeSantis appointed in April - a sharp departure from his predecessor Rick Scott, who refused to meet with scientists. DeSantis said the broad measures will be aimed at the state’s biggest sources of pollution: farms, aging wastewater treatment plants, stormwater and treated human waste used as fertilizer.

Public health officials confirmed the 18th case of dengue fever in Hillsborough County this year.

But this case is different- while the first 17 were travelers who got sick when they returned from a trip, this one contracted the fever from a mosquito locally.

State Targets Pinellas, Hillsborough, Five Other Counties To Combat HIV

Oct 16, 2019

More than $490,000 is being doled out to seven Florida counties, including Hillsborough and Pinellas, as part of a national effort to try to eradicate HIV and AIDS in the next 10 years.

The city of Miami wanted to have the capability to track the real-time locations of every scooter rider across the city until Uber and Lyft pushed back against the section of an agreement, a letter obtained by WLRN shows.

New state policies born out of the Parkland school shooting have drawn the scrutiny of two national nonprofit research organizations, which have argued in recent reports that the strategies could lead to violence or discrimination against students.

The Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C., and the Southern Poverty Law Center released reports this month criticizing Florida’s response to the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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