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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Gov. Rick Scott in a high-profile dispute about whether he exceeded his authority by stripping Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala of death penalty cases.

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South Florida officials and advocates rallied at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton Thursday night to highlight International Overdose Awareness Day.

Officials from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties spoke with the crowd about potential solutions to the crisis.

A lack of public treatment beds is a problem throughout the region.

Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinley says the the county is developing plans to open a receiving facility for drug users in an old county stockade building near the fairgrounds. The building is currently vacant.

Irma Intensifying Rapidly in the Atlantic

Sep 1, 2017

Irma is now a hurricane. In fact, it strengthened from a Tropical Storm to a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph in just six hours, quickly on its way to becoming the season’s second Major Hurricane this weekend.

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South Florida Congressman Ted Deutch held a town hall meeting in Boca Raton Thursday.

Constituents from his 22nd District — which stretches from Boca Raton south to Fort Lauderdale and west to Coral Springs — came with lots of different  things on their minds.

“Health care is the No. 1 issue in the country right now,” said Cameron Stemple, 28.

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Florida's opioid addiction crisis, already declared a "public health emergency" by Gov. Rick Scott, now faces a funding crisis: a $20.4 million federal block grant for substance abuse and mental health unexpectedly ended, leaving Florida lawmakers scrambling to find funding while treatment providers struggle to treat a growing crisis with fewer resources. 

Third FHP Official Suspended As Probe Ends

Aug 31, 2017

The Florida Highway Patrol is suspending a top official for three days as part of its review into whether troopers were ordered to meet traffic ticket quotas.

Tropical Storm Irma intensified steadily overnight and is now expected to become a Major Hurricane this weekend over the central Atlantic.

Jeff Huffman, Meteorologist from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, indicated that it's not clear yet if the storm will hit Florida. 

"I think it will be at least this weekend before we can get a good handle on Irma's path as it relates to the U.S.," said Huffman.  "The forecast is pretty clear cut over the next five to seven days, but the steering currents that would guide it beyond then are quite complex."

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COMMENTARY

In the 28 years I’ve covered Latin America, I never thought I’d write the sentence I’m about to type. But here goes:

Guatemala is a model for the U.S.

You read that right. For the moment, at least, Guatemala – a Central American country whose so-called democracy my colleagues and I have long disparaged as a dark banana-republic farce – is the beacon of the Americas. The exemplar of constitutional rule of law. One of the hemisphere’s separation-of-powers life boats.

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With the future of a program that protects undocumented young people from deportation in question, leaders of Miami-Dade lined up Wednesday to voice their support for “Dreamers” and reassure scared kids that the community has their back.

Laura Morcate

After a five and a half hour-long public comment and discussion, the city of Hollywood decided to rename streets that bear the names of Confederate icons.

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Local safety and government officials met  Wednesday for the third roundtable on airport security and policy hosted by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at her district office in Sunrise.  

Participants spent two hours discussing the weak links in airport security put in evidence by recent reports on the Jan. 6 shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and what can be done to rectify them.

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There are more than 4 million children in Florida and Dr. Jeffrey Brosco just became responsible for them.

Brosco is a pediatrician at the University of Miami and a bioethicist with Jackson Memorial Hospital. And as Florida’s new deputy secretary for Children’s Medical Services, he now oversees everything from Florida’s poison control hotline to a state-run insurance program for extremely sick children.

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It costs American hospitals about $622 million every year to admit patients with gunshot wounds—and it turns out, we’re all paying the bills.

That’s according to a new study in the journal Injury Epidemiology that tapped into a national sample of hospital records to gauge the cost of admitting patients with firearm injuries.

The researchers broke the costs down by injury type, demographics and insurance status.

Among the findings:

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Monroe County announced this week plans to reconfigure a dog park in Key West believed to be above the graves of Africans who were rescued from the slave trade in 1860.

The dog playground is across the street from an area already recognized as a burial yard.

While slavery was still legal in the U.S. in 1860, importing them was outlawed in 1807.

“But people kept doing it, especially Americans,” said Corey Malcom, director of archaeology for the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West.

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