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Teresa Frontado / WLRN

Poll workers in South Florida are seeing a steady trickle of voters coming in, though in some areas rain may affect turnout in the afternoon and into the evening hours with more downpours expected in the forecast.

Today is Florida's primary election. Voters are headed to the polls and in South Florida, filling out ballots for state senator, state representatives, judges and local municipal and county elections. 

The woman stabbed and killed at a Tallahassee Walgreen's store Tuesday was T-Pain's niece. The rapper made an appeal on twitter for information on a suspect.

Tropical Depression Nine Expected To Strengthen Today

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Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine later today in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and meteorologist say it could intensify before landfall.

 

“The storm is moving over very warm water and winds aloft have lightened quite a bit,” said Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman. “There is a window over the next 48 hours for some intensification. It could be a strong tropical storm by tomorrow afternoon as it starts to accelerate northeastward.”

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Colombia’s protracted peace talks have put a serious dent in President Juan Manuel Santos’ approval rating at home – and across the Caribbean.

Santos is probably most unpopular in South Florida, home to the U.S.’s largest Colombian community, which is strongly opposed to peace with Colombia’s Marxist guerrillas, known as the FARC.

In a 2014 interview with WLRN, Santos – who has staked his presidential legacy on ending his South American nation’s 52-year-old civil war – took a dig at Colombian expats here.

Teresa Frontado / WLRN

Planning on voting today? Here is some useful information to make exercising your civic duty easy and painless. 

Donald Trump will give a speech Wednesday outlining his immigration stance. Given the last week of news coverage, he could have some serious explaining to do.

An immigration policy centered around extreme positions — mass deportation of 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, plus building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — initially helped Trump stand out in the massive Republican primary field.

An environmental group says it has the signatures of more than 100 candidates on a pledge to support a ban on hydraulic fracturing in Florida.

The entire Florida House of Representatives is up for election this year and redistricting has created several hotly contested state Senate races. That at times look like a game of musical chairs—and not everyone will get a seat. Some candidates are putting thousands—and in one case, millions of their own money to win.

Newly released government data paint a sobering picture of safety on the nation's roads and highways.

In 2015, the number of people who died in auto accidents reached 35,092, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a 7.2% increase over 2014. The last time there was such a large single-year increase was back in 1966 when Lyndon Johnson was president.

Serious algae outbreaks have hit more than 20 states this summer. Organisms are shutting down beaches in Florida, sickening swimmers in Utah and threatening ecosystems in California.

The blooms are a normal part of summer, but the frequency, size and toxicity this year are worse than ever.

And water managers are rattled.

"Everyone's on edge with the cyanobacteria," says Bev Anderson, a scientist with the California Water Resources Control Board.

Emails reporting outbreaks of cyanobacteria — or blue-green algae — fill Anderson's inbox every morning.

Immigration has been a galvanizing issue in Donald Trump's campaign from the beginning.

Turnpike Reopens After Sinkholes Repaired

Aug 28, 2016
CBS4, via Miami Herald

Holes may have sunk part of Florida's Turnpike, but at least they haven't sunk Monday's morning commute.

Emergency repairs concluded around 10 a.m. Sunday to fix two large holes that developed on the southbound turnpike near Northwest 199th Street and Hard Rock Stadium. Florida Department of Transportation officials say a broken water line caused initial depressions in the roadway to develop around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Juan Gabriel, a singular superstar who transcended borders and the trappings of gender with meticulously crafted pop songs and a flamboyant showmanship that earned the nickname the "divo of Juarez," has died, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.

Juan Gabriel was 66 years old and he was found at a residence in San Monica with no apparent foul play.

Mexican President Enrique Peña-Nieto tweeted his condolences calling him one of the country's "greatest musical icons."

The 10,000th Syrian refugee is set to arrive in the U.S. on Monday, fulfilling a goal set by the Obama administration one year ago.

The U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Alice Wells, made the announcement after she met with families bound for California and Virginia. The group of several hundred fleeing violence in Syria will depart from Jordan in the next day, she said, according to The Associated Press.

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