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Local school principal and Tallahassee-based singer Star Swain is heading to the Democratic National Convention where she’ll sing the National Anthem Thursday.

Scientists have tried all sorts of strategies for stopping the blacklegged tick, the carrier of Lyme disease, from biting us.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that affects an estimated 300,000 people in the United States each year, primarily in the Northeast and upper Midwest.

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Puerto Rico’s economic crisis has gotten deeper this summer. This month the U.S. commonwealth defaulted on $1 billion of debt – and the U.S. Congress approved a federal oversight board to rescue the island.

Puerto Ricans living on the U.S. mainland want a say in how that happens. So they recently created a more unified front called the National Puerto Rican Agenda (NPRA). The group includes a South Florida chapter – which reflects the surprising growth of Florida’s Puerto Rican population down here, not just in Central Florida.

Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson are sponsoring legislation requiring the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to survey tenants in low-income housing twice a year.

The bill is a response to living conditions at Jacksonville’s Eureka Gardens apartment complex and the Windsor Cove complex in Orlando.


Scientists found blue-green algae again in Southwest Florida waters this week. The toxic algae has been plaguing beaches on the east coast for weeks now.  Experts say this could get worse on both coasts now because of the summer heat.

Fifty-four businesses from seven counties have alerted the state they have suffered some form of economic damage from toxic green algae coating waterways in parts of Florida.

Florida Fights To Keep Lethal Drug Records Secret

Jul 13, 2016

Lawyers representing seven Arizona Death Row inmates want information about the drugs used in Florida's lethal-injection procedure, but corrections officials are asking a judge to keep the documents secret.

Florida's orange crop this season is 16 percent smaller than last season.

The final estimate released Tuesday showed that Florida produced 81.5 million boxes of oranges during the 2015-2016 growing season.

Do two out of five Americans really know someone who has been killed by a gun? And is the leading Democratic contender for Florida's U.S. Senate seat really beholden to Wall Street financiers? WUSF's Steve Newborn takes aim at these claims with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida.

 

In a major shift from last month, a poll released Wednesday shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump overtaking Democrat Hillary Clinton in the key swing state of Florida.

It was a landmark month for breeding endangered animals at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

The park recently welcomed six baby Galapagos tortoises and an Indian gharial, similar to a crocodile, representing the first time that either species has been successfully bred at the park. 


Women in colorful scarves, men, and children waved American flags on the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in downtown Orlando, just feet away from a memorial to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, chanting “Not in my name,” a direct message to extremist group the Islamic State to stop orchestrating terrorist acts in the name of Islam.

About a hundred miles north of Miami on the Atlantic Coast, the town of Stuart is a picturesque waterfront community — with homes, restaurants and parks overlooking the St. Lucie Estuary. But in many areas now, when you approach the water, the first thing you notice is the smell.

"There's no way to describe it," says John Skinner, a boat salesman in Stuart.

But he still tries. "I would say hundreds of dead animals that have been baking in the sun for weeks."

A new study points at Florida for Islamophobia in the nation. The report was prepared by University of California, Berkeley’s Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project.

It looks at things like anti-Muslim groups, state laws and political rhetoric.

Many Floridians with disabilities can now enroll in tax-free savings and investment accounts without the threat of the money they save affecting their government benefits.

Under Florida’s Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, or ABLE, qualified disabled residents will be allowed to save up to 14 thousand dollars annually, without the cash impacting their Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid eligibility.

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