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Man and woman standing together
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Saturday may have been rainy, but that didn’t stop a small private plane from getting eight very sick people out of Puerto Rico and into Ft. Lauderdale to receive the indispensable medical treatment they can't receive on the island at the moment. 

After Hurricane Maria devastated the island, South Florida resident and Puerto Rican native Debbie Sosa started making calls to help those she didn’t think could wait until mid-December, when the government in Puerto Rico estimates power will be restored. 

 

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, 18-year-old Ledishla Acevedo booked a flight to Miami in hopes of continuing her college education in Florida.

When she arrived at her cousin’s house here, she turned on the lights and started to cry.

Then she took a hot shower and cried some more.

State Officials Defend Massive Evacuation Traffic Plans

Oct 27, 2017

Despite widespread traffic jams that choked Florida's highways, state officials are defending the approach used during Hurricane Irma.

Peter Haden / WLRN

With the White House pointing to ties between President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott, repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee might be done more quickly than anticipated.

Trump on Thursday directed Mick Mulvaney, the chief of the White House Office of Management and Budget, to accelerate the work.

“The administration, working closely with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, will now plan to expedite work at the project,” the White House said in a news release late Thursday.

Peter Haden / WLRN

Economic development teams in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are working together to reel in a whopper: Amazon’s second corporate headquarters.

Deerfield And Hillsboro Beaches Will Go To Court Over Sand

Oct 26, 2017
Deerfield Beach sand groins from 1972
Deerfield Beach Historical Society via Conrad & Scherer Attorneys at Law / WLRN

The fight over sand between Deerfield and Hillsboro Beaches has gone on for over two years already — and it will continue  for at least one more. 

During a  status hearing between the two municipalities on Wednesday, a Broward judge set a trial date for a year from now. It’s expected to last 10 days at the end of October 2018. 

 

The Town of Hillsboro Beach is suing the City of Deerfield Beach for its “sand groins,” which are large rock piles that are put in place to try and protect a beach from erosion. 

Miami Lawmaker Tapped As U.S. Ambassador To OAS

Oct 26, 2017
Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Trujillo is moving up in the Trump administration, to be U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States.

The White House announced Trujillo’s appointment Thursday, just two months after President Donald Trump named him one of four U.S. representatives to the United Nations General Assembly. That job made Trujillo, an early Trump campaign supporter who attended the president’s inauguration, one of U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s four deputies.

An autopsy has confirmed that a 10-year-old Florida boy is among the state's youngest victims of the opioid crisis.

People who need unemployment assistance after Hurricane Irma might not be getting the help that is available to them.

needle of NARCAN drug
Charles Krupa AP / WLRN

Defeating one opioid overdose, one nasal spray at a time. That’s how the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) is going about the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Sheriff deputies in Broward have been armed with overdose reversal nasal sprays since June, but the Florida Sheriffs Association just gave BSO a big boost by shipping 1,200 units of the medication this week so more deputies are able to carry it on them every day. 

Associated Press

Sen. Bill Galvano was designated as the next president of the Florida Senate on Tuesday with a unanimous vote by the Republican caucus.

Galvano, R-Bradenton, will succeed Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, after the 2018 general election if Republicans maintain a majority in the Senate, where they now hold a 24-16 seat edge.

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In Florida, 16- and 17-year-olds can get married to someone of any age with the signature of a parent. If a girl is pregnant, she can get married at any age, even at 10 and 11- years old.

But, a bill trying to cut down on under-age marriages is moving its way through the Florida Legislature, with the hope that it will end that practice.

Valencia Gunder / via Facebook

Responding to Facebook posts accusing them of unfairly dumping debris in underserved neighborhoods, Miami-Dade County officials said Tuesday the foliage downed by Irma is a problem shared by everyone in the county.

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