While we have spent months talking about races for president, senate or mayor in some cases, if you take a closer look at the Florida ballot there are actually very few candidate races. In fact, the majority of what you’ll be voting for on November 8th are ballot initiatives: changes to the state constitution, county charter or various municipal questions.

It’s lunchtime at Jacksonville’s Lee High School, and Principal Scott Schneider walks down the school’s math hall. He says Lee has had its share of teacher vacancies.

A federal judge has rejected a request from the Florida Democratic Party to change some voting rules in advance of the November 8th general election.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker denied the emergency motion during a Thursday morning hearing in Tallahassee.

Democrats were concerned that some new voters would not have their registration applications processed before early voting starts next week.

This means some citizens may be forced to vote provisional ballots, which require greater scrutiny from election officials.

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Strong rains were not enough to keep away a crowd of more than 2,800 people that gathered Thursday afternoon at Florida Memorial University's arena in Miami Gardens to participate in a rally with president Barack Obama. 

"Tolerance is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Equality is on the ballot. Our democracy is on the ballot," said Obama, who in several instances of his speech reiterated to the crowd the need to vote in this election. "Don't believe your vote doesn't matter, that all politicians are the same. They want you to stay home, to not vote."

A Jumbotron Kind Of Debate For FAU Students In Boca Raton

Oct 20, 2016
Miranda Schumes / WLRN

Over 500 Florida Atlantic University students gathered at the university’s football stadium on Wednesday to watch the third Presidential Debate on the jumbo screen. 

Prior to the event,  organized by FAU’s Division of Student Affairs, freshman Physics major James Brady said that his expectations for the debate were low. “To be honest, I don’t expect anything really — nothing outside of insults for each other that have already been spouted in the other two debates,” he said.

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The Florida waters gained one more healthy manatee Wednesday afternoon, and his name is Pocket.

Pocket first arrived at the Miami Seaquarium in May  2015, and he was named after the multiple deep scars left by boat propellers. Animal care supervisor Jessica Schiffhauer says he’s made tremendous improvement.

"He was about 240 pounds, so he's put on 400 pounds almost since he's been here," Schiffhauer says. "We needed him to gain weight and get healthy."

Now, Pocket is 2-4 years old, eight feet long and weighs around 800 pounds.

A new state telehealth panel met in Jacksonville Tuesday to begin studying the state of distance medicine in Florida.

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On Labor Day there was a good Puerto Rican party on Hollywood Beach – classic Willie Colón salsa music playing on the boom box – hosted by a South Florida group called Boricuas Realengos.

Boricua means Puerto Rican, and so the group’s name translates to “Far-Flung Puerto Ricans.”

Republicans have long dominated vote-by-mail in the Sunshine State.

According to a new University of South Florida poll, just 22% of Floridians feel they’re well informed about the constitutional amendments on the ballot this November.

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.

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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.

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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.

A sinkhole opened up Friday underneath a fertilizer factory in central Florida, dumping millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Floridan Aquifer. This is the latest in a string of issues that has scientists worried about the health of the state’s primary water source.

Lake Okeechobee’s water level remain near a historic high after Hurricane Hermine hit Florida last week.

The state’s largest lake has been rain-swollen all year, prompting releases of excess polluted water to coastal estuaries. The influxes triggered toxic algae blooms this summer.