Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The first Florida trial of the Wolbachia bacteria to combat Aedes aegypti mosquitoes has been approved for the Florida Keys.

Aedes aegypti are the mosquitoes responsible for transmitting the Zika virus. They can also carry dengue fever and chikingunya.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services approved MosquitoMate's request for a trial of Wolbachia as a method of mosquito control in the Florida Keys.

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In the Haitian town of Camp Perrin this week, Fanesse Saintsur was taking apart a section of roofing that flew off the store where he works, rafters and all.

Florida does not currently have a death penalty.

David Santiago / Miami Herald

Republican Carlos Curbelo and Democrat Joe Garcia showed on Thursday evening why the race to represent the southernmost congressional district is one of the most closely watched in the country.

“I have to give Mr. Garcia credit. His campaigns are getting better. In 2010 they had the straw candidate. In 2012 they had absentee ballot fraud. This year they’re just lying. Hopefully they will stop there,” Curbelo said 

Garcia countered, invoking the top Republican on the ticket. “It’s this type of Trump-like behavior in a campaign that he’s doing. Time and again.”

New Zika Zone Identified In Miami’s Little River Area

Oct 13, 2016
Florida Health Department

At least five people have contracted Zika virus from mosquitoes in Miami’s Little River neighborhood, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced on Thursday, identifying a one-square-mile zone where the disease is spreading — between Northwest 79th and 63rd Streets from Northwest 10th Avenue to North Miami Avenue.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a rally in West Palm Beach Thursday, gathering supporters in a swing state that could be crucial for his campaign. He addressed the recent allegations of sexual assault and blasted 'the media' for their support of Hillary Clinton.

Kyle Holsten / WLRN

Donald Trump tore into The New York Times, the “corporate media" and Hillary Clinton at a rally Thursday afternoon in West Palm Beach.

Do You Live On The Coast? Be Ready For King Tides

Oct 13, 2016
Emily Michot / Miami Herald

King tides are the highest tides of the year, and they're a an annual occurrence in Florida. However with the recent water intake from Hurricane Matthew, this year's are expected to be much higher than usual.

If you live in any of Florida's coastal areas or islands, here are some ways to stay safe and dry during the king tides.


The hottest trend in health care these days may be “integrative medicine,” which claims to blend the best ideas from alternative medicine and conventional practice.

But there is vast disagreement on what the best ideas are. And it’s not clear who will decide.

Money Pouring Into Marijuana Committees

Oct 13, 2016
Associated Press

With time running out before the November election, campaign finance reports show that committees on both sides of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Florida received major cash infusions last week.

A coalition known as Floridians for Reproductive Freedom delivered a letter to Governor Rick Scott's office Wednesday morning, calling for additional efforts to combat the Zika virus.

Saying they represent over 50 organizations from across the state, a small group of people stopped by Scott’s capitol office asking the governor for better sex education for young people, easier access to abortion and other contraceptive services, and an expansion of Medicaid so more residents of Florida have health insurance in case they get sick from the virus.

Gems Festival Brings Critically-Acclaimed Films To Miami

Oct 12, 2016
Miami Film Festival

This weekend, the Tower Theatre in Little Havana has a lineup that would make any festival in New York City jealous.


The Gems Festival is called "Gems" for a reason: these are the crown jewels of the film festival circuit. Now in its 35th year, this festival is largely focused on films that will likely be nominated once Oscar season rolls around. So South Floridians will get a chance to see some of these films before most people in the state, or even country, will get the chance to.

Fair Punishment Project

Florida is an outlier when it comes to sentencing people to death.

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Plantain. It’s a South Florida food staple. It’s green, it’s starchy and when cooked absolutely delicious.  No arguments there.

But how do you pronounce it?

I was going over a radio script with my editor Tom Hudson and when we got to the word he called it “plan-TAYNE,” rhymes with rain. I said,  “plan-TIN,” like inn.

I’ve always heard it pronounced both ways in Miami, but is there a “right" way?

A federal judge on Wednesday extended voter registration until Oct. 18 in the battleground state of Florida, due to the disruption and damage from Hurricane Matthew.