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Associated Press

When San Francisco backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his protest against racial inequality and police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem, he set off a firestorm. 

Since then, players from around the NFL and in other sports have joined in. Four Miami Dolphin players began protesting by taking a knee during the national anthem, led by running back Arian Foster. And it's even made its way to some high school football fields here in South Florida. 

Associated Press

This week on Decision Florida we talk about the sun, the sand and the water. Yes, really. Florida’s environment is one of our biggest assets -- and biggest political issues. From rising seas to water quality, septic tanks to solar power, John Davis from WGCU and Tom Hudson from WLRN host this week's discussion on how the 2016 elections can shape our environment.

C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD

More money is coming to fight Zika.

On Thursday Governor Rick Scott announced that he would allocate $25 million dollars in state funds to help fight the mosquito-borne virus. This is in addition to the $36 million he has already allocated for combating the virus, which can cause severe birth defects.

The governor says the state must focus on finding a vaccine to protect pregnant women and their developing babies. Thus the latest funding from Scott is slated to go toward research into finding a vaccine and a more cost-effective way to test for the disease.

Nadege Green / WLRN

The photo captures a grief-stricken mother at her 8-year old daughter’s grave site-- a little girl felled by a bullet in North Miami-Dade.

Rosalind Brown is lying down on the freshly planted grass clutching a blanket near Jada Page’s temporary grave marker.

Archive Photo / Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Homeland and Security has a warning to undocumented Haitians en route to its southwestern border with Mexico — turn around. Otherwise, you will be deported back to Haiti.

Carlos Giusti / AP

Puerto Rico is suffering one of the worst economic crises in the western hemisphere. Adding to the U.S. territory’s problems right now is a massive, island-wide blackout - which gives Puerto Ricans one more reason to come to Florida.

Tallahassee Democrat

More than 300 McDonald’s Egg McMuffins and Publix muffins were dropped off at Gov. Rick Scott’s office Thursday morning to protest the omission of Independent Party of Florida presidential candidate Evan McMullin from the 2016 general election ballot in the state.

Jeremy Dixon / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 Burmese pythons have established themselves in the Everglades — and now they appear to be breeding in the Florida Keys, according to state and federal wildlife agencies.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

COMMENTARY

Politics makes desperate bedfellows.

So it's not such a big surprise that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Miami Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, also a Republican, appear to have finally slipped under the same campaign sheets.

Kate Stein / WLRN

A recent Florida Department of Environmental Protection hearing has raised questions about the process the state agency uses to advertise public meetings.

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  The Keys have changed a lot in the last four decades — ask anyone who's visited or lived there during that time.

But one thing has remained the same: the toll collected at the booth on Card Sound Road, the only connection between the islands and the mainland other than U.S. 1. It's 50 cents an axle, the same price it has been since 1969.

"What's the same price as it was in 1969?" Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi said Wednesday. "Nothing. Only that toll."

BOBBIE O'BRIEN / WUSF Public Media

It may seem counterintuitive – but a military medic or corpsman, trained to save lives in combat and provide health care at home, does not qualify for most civilian medical jobs.

What’s worse – many veterans are at a competitive disadvantage when seeking admittance into nursing colleges.

 

So in 2013, the federal government funded pilot programs at nine universities to create curriculums so veterans, medics and corpsmen can earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Miami Herald

Florida Governor Rick Scott is expecting the federal government to help out in the wake of Hurricane Hermine.

 

The governor is asking for federal assistance to help cover the cost of this month’s storm.  Scott says the damages have surpassed a federal threshold.

“So we’ll get that filed and hopefully we’ll get that approved quickly so we can make sure we’re helping each of these counties,” Scott says.  “I had the opportunity as you know to visit some of these areas that had this unbelievable storm surge and it really hurt a lot of these families.”

CDC

Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood may be celebrating this week’s lifting of the suspected Zika transmission map, but Dr. Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people in Miami-Dade County not to let their guards down.

Nadege Green / WLRN

Local officials from government agencies and non-profits got a wide-ranging community input and a heavy dose of skepticism as they launched an anti-gun violence initiative called Together for Children with a community meeting in North Miami-Dade Monday night.

“You fund organizations that are scared of children, and then you wonder what causes the violence,” said Darryl Holsendolph, walking out of the meeting before it began in earnest. “It’s hopelessness!”

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