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Encore: Study Suggests Americans are Consuming Lots of Microplastics

We’ve been hearing more and more stories lately about the various places plastics are showing up in our environment. Stories of dead dolphins washing ashore on local beaches with pounds of plastics in their stomachs; scientists breaking deep sea diving records, only to find a plastic bag and food wrappers ; researchers have even found microplastics in a remote area of the Pyrenees mountains .

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Puerto Rico Governor Defies Calls To Resign Amid Growing Protests Over Text Chats

Updated at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday The governor of Puerto Rico is resisting calls to resign despite growing protests against his government after leaked text chats revealed conversations rife with homophobic and misogynistic slurs . On Monday evening, thousands of demonstrators gathered near Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's mansion. Late in the evening, things took a turn when police in riot gear who had formed a line blocking access to the executive mansion shot pepper spray and tear gas into the crowd. It...

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Climate change is making the planet warmer, but a new report says there's something worse on the horizon: extreme heat.

By The Associated Press

The number of manatee deaths caused by watercraft could hit an all-time high in Florida this year.

From the beginning of this year through June 21, 81 manatees have been killed by watercraft in Florida's waters. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say 59 manatees died during the same period in 2018.

By Cathy Carter

A Tennessee man died this week after being infected with a flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to a Florida beach. 

Enrollment In Program To Aid Needy Families Declines

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By News Service of Florida

State economists on Thursday concluded that the number of people being served by the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program continues to be lower than expected. 

The Associated Press

A Tennessee man died this week after being infected with a flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to a Florida beach.

According to news reports, the man became ill shortly after returning from vacation in Destin Beach where he was visiting family for the 4th of July.

Cheryl Wiygul, the man's daughter, says the family discovered that a large sore had developed on her dad's back once they had returned home, as well as red bumps on his arms and legs. The man died on July 7, just 48 hours after his last swim in Florida.

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Attorney John Morgan are once again sparring. Morgan continues to slam Gillum over the former Democratic gubernatorial nominee's use of money left over from Gillum’s failed 2018 bid. 

Company To Get $1.3 Million For School Safety Tool

Jul 15, 2019

By News Service of Florida

The Florida Department of Education will pay nearly $1.3 million to a company that will revise a tool used by all public schools to identify threats and vulnerabilities on campuses. 

Drug Deaths In Florida Down In First Half Of 2018

Jul 15, 2019

By Christine Sexton / News Service of Florida

The number of drug-related deaths in Florida, including those caused by opioids, declined in the first six months of 2018, compared to the first half of 2017, according to an interim report released by the state Medical Examiners Commission. 

Rare Sea Turtles Smash Nesting Records In Southeast US

Jul 15, 2019

By Ross Bynum - Associated Press

Rare sea turtles are smashing nesting records this summer on beaches in the Southeast, including Florida, with scientists crediting the egg-laying boom to conservation measures that began more than 30 years ago.

Fears of widespread immigration raids in South Florida appeared to dissipate without major actions on Sunday - but left migrant communities and advocates with renewed reason to come up with different strategies to deal with deportation of themselves or close family members.

In West Kendall, longtime immigrant rights advocate Nora Sandigo was praying she wouldn’t get a call on Sunday from any of her more than 1,500 children.

“Today we haven’t seen anything major,” she said in Spanish. “We hope it stays like this for the next few days.”

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