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The early Sunday morning mass shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub is a story everyone is trying to understand. Violence on this scale, concentrated in one place and perpetrated against private citizens, is difficult to comprehend.But it’s a tragic story that also calls upon our deep-seated nature to confront, figure out and learn from.

This week's Florida Roundup tried to shed some light on key questions that linger in the aftermath of what has been described as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. 

Roberto Koltun / El Nuevo Herald

Reports of Marco Rubio's eagerness to leave the Senate may be greatly exaggerated.

After weeks of private lobbying, the Florida Republican senator now says he is considering running again. He has until June 24, his state's filing deadline, to make up his mind.

Rubio announced in April 2015 that he would not run for re-election to pursue his presidential bid. But his campaign never caught fire and he bowed out of the primaries after a disappointing finish in the Florida presidential primary.

Lopez-Cantera Clears Path For Rubio To Run

Jun 16, 2016

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera advised supporters Wednesday that he will end his campaign for the U.S. Senate if longtime friend Marco Rubio decides to seek re-election.


The state wants to increase the amount of toxins it can put in Florida’s surface waters. State officials said they’re doing this based on federal guidelines. But some people worry it could harm residents. 

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, people across the state and around the world are standing in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. But some activists want more than thoughts and prayers. They want policy change.

President Barack Obama will travel to Orlando on Thursday to pay respects to the victims of last weekend’s nightclub shooting and to stand in solidarity with the community as it embarks on recovery, the White House said Monday night.

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.

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