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Future Hurricane Prep Could Include Drones, Says Miami-Dade Transportation Director

Drones and batteries for traffic lights could be part of Miami-Dade’s preparations for future hurricanes, according to county Transportation and Public Works Director Alice Bravo. Bravo is in the process of debriefing staff members following Hurricane Irma. She said about 80 percent of traffic lights in Miami-Dade lost power during the storm.

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South Florida school districts are leading two major lawsuits against a controversial new charter school law. But Miami-Dade County is sitting it out — at least for now.

Palm Beach County filed a lawsuit against H.B. 7069 in late September. Earlier this week, Broward and a dozen other counties mounted their own challenge. But the state’s largest district has decided to sue only after exhausting all other options.

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GUAYAMA, PUERTO RICO --  Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló visited President Trump at the White House on Thursday to discuss the U.S. island territory’s hurricane catastrophe. The President gave himself a perfect score on Puerto Rico relief. Puerto Ricans on the island…beg to differ.

A full month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, 80 percent of its 3.4 million people still have no power. And relief supplies are only now starting to move more regularly into the island’s demolished interior. Still, President Trump gave his performance there a perfect 10.

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Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson organized a Congressional Field Hearing Thursday at Miami Dade College's North Campus to hear ideas for possible changes to nursing home regulations. 

She said she hopes to pass a federal law that would prevent future deaths after natural disasters, like hurricanes. She opened the discussion by making its purpose clear.

"You know,  we had a terrible tragedy in District 24 and we vowed that this will never ever happen again, never happen again," she said. 

The first wave of university students displaced by Hurricane Maria has arrived to study in the mainland US, taking advantage of tuition discounts offered to Puerto Rican students whose home institutions remain shuttered.

“Coming here was a big relief,” says Rosamari Palerm, 23. She was the first student from Puerto Rico to arrive at St. Thomas University, a private Catholic school in Miami Gardens, Florida with over 5,000 students.

White Nationalist Speaks On UF Campus, Met By Protest Inside And Outside Hall

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White nationalist Richard Spencer spoke on the University of Florida campus Thursday, met with vocal protest inside and outside the venue.

UF Ready For White Nationalist Speech

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University of Florida students arose Thursday to a campus outwardly expressing messages of love against the backdrop of a heavily armed law enforcement presence and the specter of a divisive mid-afternoon speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer.

Banners hung outside fraternity and sorority houses called for “Love Not Hate #TogetherUF.”

The Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Student Center had been open since Wednesday for a three-day “Good Deed Marathon,” which drew praise from University President Ken Fuchs.

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Spain was preparing to impose direct rule over semi-autonomous Catalonia after the region's leader Carles Puigdemont declined to categorically renounce an independence referendum, the prime minister's office announced Thursday.

Spain's government said it would hold a special Cabinet meeting and "approve the measures that will be sent to the Senate to protect the general interest of all Spaniards."

The Florida Cabinet has approved a conservation easement in the Lake Okeechobee watershed.

Due to Hurricane Irma, Florida lawmakers are warning their constituents that they may not have a lot of money this year for local projects. It comes as legislators across the state hold legislative delegation meetings where the public, local governments, and organizations outline their funding requests.

It’s called KRACK, which is short for Key Reinstallation Attack, and it can leave your Wi-Fi enabled devices susceptible to a hacker's attack.

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