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Hurricane Hunters Investigating Disturbance in the Atlantic

The first tropical storm of the year may be forming in the Atlantic, even though the Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn't officially start until June 1. National Hurricane Center forecasters said, according to a special statement issued Monday afternoon, that there is a 70 percent chance a tropical or subtropical system will form a few hundred miles southwest of Bermuda in the next 48 hours. A Hurricane Hunter Aircraft flew into the area of disturbed weather, referred to by Meteorologists as ...

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Judge Rules Against Trump In Subpoena Fight As White House Blocks McGahn Testimony

Updated at 7:09 p.m. ET A federal judge ruled against President Trump on Monday in a subpoena dispute not long after the White House said it is seeking to block its former top lawyer from talking to Congress. The events amounted to a win — and a loss — apiece for Republicans and Democrats in their ongoing high-stakes legal and political war over separation of powers and oversight in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The McGahn matter First, the White House said...

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Tropical Storm Isaac

Aug 23, 2012
NOAA

8/27/12 11:30 AM

Isaac is moving west northwest over the eastern gulf of mexico. All watches and warnings have been discontinued for the west coast of florida.

Today will be partly sunny and windy with highs in the mid 80’s, with showers and a possible thunderstorm.

The wind is southeast around 25 miles an hour.

Tonight scattered showers and thunderstorms before midnight then a chance for thunderstorms after midnight. It will be mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 70’s. 

Lionfish Derbies Show Promising Results

Aug 23, 2012

With recent reports that Lionfish are now spreading to the Northern Gulf, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Service announced new rules to make it easier to hunt them. No fishing licenses are required and there are no limits to how many you can catch.

Emergency managers urge Florida residents to get ready for a possible tropical storm or hurricane as Tropical Storm Isaac continues to gather strength as it moves west through the  Caribbean.  The current forecast track – and there’s still lots of wiggle room – puts the system as a category 1 hurricane off Naples Monday morning.  Emergency managers like Wayne Sallade with Charlotte County say now is the time to pay attention and prepare. 

  • A hurricane watch is now in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as Tropical Isaac continues its trek through the Caribbean.  At 11:00 AM the center of the storm was located near latitude 15.9 north,  longitude 59.3 west with sustained winds of 45 miles an hour. Isaac is expected to develop into a hurricane as it moves toward the west at about 21 miles an hour.

Officials Visit Scott to Ask for Extended Early Voting

Aug 21, 2012

A group of elected and civil rights leaders showed up unexpectedly in Governor Rick Scott's office Monday. 

FPL Rate Hike Hearing Moves Forward

Aug 21, 2012

Florida Power and Light is trying to raise electricity rates by $690-million dollars a year.

Despite opposition, the utility company made its case for the rate hike Monday during the first day of two-weeks of hearings with the Public Service Commission.

As part of a proposed settlement presented last week, FPL says it won't raise rates for large commercial customers like hospitals or military operators, but will for residential and business customers.

The new Park Royal mental health hospital in south Fort Myers hopes to hear soon whether its application to become a privately operated Baker Act center has been approved.  The state Department of Children and Families held a public hearing on the request Monday.

FPL Makes Case for Rate Hikes

Aug 20, 2012

Florida's largest utility company wants to raise its rates by $690-million dollars a year.

Florida Power and Light will make its case today in a hearing with the Florida Public Service Commission.

FPL argues that it needs to charge customers more to build new power plants in Cape Canaveral, Rivera Beach and Port Everglades.

The utility tried late last week to delay today's hearing so the panel could look into a proposed settlement with groups representing industrial, health care and federal government customers.

Across Florida, college freshmen are signing up for classes. Many are taking advantage of the Bright Futures scholarship to help pay their way.

And many are experiencing sticker shock when they see what the scholarships DON’T cover. 

Students earn Bright Futures Scholarships based on their grades, test scores, and community service -- and NOT their financial need.

More than a third of Florida’s high school graduates qualified for the scholarship last year.

Forrest Estep was one of them. He's a student at Florida State.

Some healthcare advocates are pushing for Governor Rick Scott to hold public hearings on a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. It would allow states to decide which benefits should be covered by health insurance in 2014.

Under the plan, each state will be able to design what's called an Essential Health Benefits package. It would spell out the bare minimum that insurance companies must cover and is required to include childbirth, hospitalization and preventative care.

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