Florida

For anyone wanting to help victims of the Orlando night club shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has activated a state disaster fund to take donations.

Since the mass shooting in Orlando, there has been a huge response from people who want to donate blood. And, while the current blood donations are appreciated, some donation centers say they may need more people to donate next week.

In the wake of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left at least 49 people dead and more than 50 wounded, queer Latino folks around the country are reflecting on the horror of the attack.

On Sunday morning, a gunman at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla., perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. He killed 49 people and injured more than 50.

The city of Orlando has released the names of the identified victims, after notifying their next of kin.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi tried to return a controversial $25,000 donation from Donald Trump's foundation, but it was not accepted, an accountant who works for Bondi said.

Men who live near the Daytona International Speedway  have higher death rates than state averages, according to an analysis of health statistics from the Florida Department of Health.

Colon cancer rates are 10 times higher than the state average in the area code surrounding the speedway, and stroke rates are almost 13 times higher.

New scientific advances made possible by super-computers are leading to improvements in hurricane predictions. Federal leaders in Washington say their five-day track forecast is now as accurate as the three-day forecast was twenty years ago. And that means residents will now have access to a new storm surge map.

NOAA Needs New Home For Hurricane Hunters

Jun 5, 2016

When a hurricane barrels toward Florida, pilots with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA fly their jets into the storm.

The jets are nicknamed “hurricane hunters,” and the information they collect helps with forecasts and evacuation orders.

The planes are housed at MacDill Air Force base in Tampa, but not for long. The base is evicting them.

Now, they’re looking for a new home.

Florida’s Planned Parenthood clinics are suing the state over a law that cuts funding for non-abortion services.

Drones May Be Coming To A Beach Near You

Jun 3, 2016
Summer brings a higher risk of shark bites and drownings. Lifeguards do their part but what if they had an extra set of eyes up in the sky?
 
A central Florida professor says drones will help make beach outings safer in the future.

Hurricane Evacuation On Florida’s Highways Under Construction

May 31, 2016

Florida’s population along the coast has boomed in the eleven years since the last hurricane hit. That combined with miles of construction on major highways could make evacuating ahead of a storm an even bigger headache this hurricane season.

A Florida congressman says the Veterans Administration cut off the benefits of more 4,200 people nationwide after they were wrongly declared dead.

  The St. Petersburg Museum of History wants residents’ personal photos of Cuba for their upcoming exhibit “Experience Cuba.”

How do you teach kids about ecology when the natural world is shrinking around them?

In fast growing Florida, one solution is to take environmental studies outside the walls of a classroom.

The Florida Elections Commission is once again calling foul on State Democratic Senator Dwight Bullard.

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