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Calls are mounting for Gov. Rick Scott to declare of public health emergency in the wake of an estimated 4,000 deaths in Florida last year due to heroin and opioid overdoses.


Other states struggling with the problem - including Maryland, Alaska, and Virginia - have chosen to declare an emergency, enabling the release of additional funds for law enforcement and treatment.

 

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Officials from four South Florida counties are collecting public input on an updated regional plan to address climate change and related challenges.

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This week on The Florida Roundup...

Finding statistics on officer-involved shootings is challenging because there is currently no national or even state record of these incidents. But, a Tampa Bay Times investigation has collected records from all of Florida's law enforcement agencies to create a database of police shootings between 2009 and 2014. 

President Trump will be at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., for Easter — his seventh of 13 weekends there as commander in chief.

Although he conducts business at the Trump Organization estate, it's not always clear with whom. Some government watchdog groups are asking a federal court to compel the Trump administration to release a list of visitors to Mar-a-Lago, as well as to Trump Tower and the White House.

Broward County Public Schools

Around 2:30 p.m. last Tuesday, Broward County School Board Chair Abby Freedman faced an auditorium full of empty chairs, reading through a list of 17 scheduled speakers — “ Terry Preuss, Liliana Ruido, Julie Ganas, Joan King,” she said.

No one was there: On the school board’s written agenda for the meeting, public comment wasn’t supposed to begin for more than two hours, at 5 p.m.

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WASHINGTON — With President Donald Trump making his seventh presidential trip this weekend to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, government watchdogs and Democrats are once again seeing dollar signs: namely, $3 million.

That's a widely used estimate of what each journey costs taxpayers. The figure comes from a government report on a trip President Barack Obama made to Palm Beach, Florida, but the report's author tells The Associated Press that it's a mistake to apply those findings to Trump's travel.

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Out-of-towners flock to Palm Beach in the winter. The gentle sounds of the sea lapping the shore, the lush green golf courses, the shopping, and the winter temperatures in the 70s and higher attract snowbirds from all over the country.

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The Trump administration has expanded what the federal government considers grounds for deportation in recent weeks with raids in a half dozen states: ICE has already detained one Dreamer and picked up undocumented mothers and fathers without criminal records as quote

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Palm Beach County Commissioners gave the green light Wednesday to a controversial school proposal.

Dozens of people filled the commissioners chambers in West Palm Beach to voice support or opposition to construction of the Divine Savior Academy in West Delray Beach. The room was a two-tone mosaic -- opponents in red shirts, supporters in blue.

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“Our people are very, very casual about mosquitoes,” says Father Frank O’Loughlin, director of the Guatemalan-Maya Center, of the community the organization serves in and around Lake Worth.

Fane Lozman

Before 2013, Florida’s houseboats were considered sea vessels rather than homes - but that all changed when activist and developer Fane Lozman took his case to the U. S. Supreme Court.

 

Lozman gained national attention in 2013 when the court ruled in his favor after the city of Riviera Beach demolished the houseboat he was living in,  arguing that  it did not qualify as a residence. Last Sunday, Lozman returned to Riviera Beach with a new houseboat in tow.

 

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Palm Beach County just got a new city.

Land that was once used to grow citrus is now set to be a sprawling, incorporated, suburban development.

 

All it took to make Westlake it’s own municipality was five votes.

 

Those votes came from the only people who are registered to cast ballots within the lines of the Seminole Improvement District, which is now Westlake. It’s inside of a more rural area called The Acreage.

 

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Palm Beach County’s proposed plan to increase the sales tax by a penny from six cents to seven cents on the dollar is now going to the voters. Enough cities have approved the plan to put it on the ballot as a referendum on  in the Nov. 8 election.

 

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If you are a registered voter in Palm Beach County, then you might want to check your mailbox throughout the month of June. New voter registration cards are being mailed to voters in the county.

 

According to the Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach County wants to avoid problems at the polls that occurred during the last  Presidential Primary.

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What began as one principal’s decision to change a fundraising event from tackle to a flag football game has flared into a controversy over sexism and tradition entangling scores of frustrated students and parents, the Palm Beach County School Board and the Jupiter Town Council.

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