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Water Tests After Sewage Releases Don’t Give Complete Picture Of Health Risks

The state has received reports of more than 268 million gallons of sewage that spilled onto roads and into water around Florida so far this year and nearly 95 percent of it happened in Pinellas County during Hurricane Hermine.
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It was six years ago when President Barack Obama vowed to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. Nearly a year later, that hasn't happened.

But there have been successes. Two states, Virginia and Connecticut, and dozens of cities like Orlando are considered to be at “functional zero” having ended chronic homelessness among veterans. That means homeless veterans have an immediate system of housing and services at their disposal.

This election season has been unprecedented – even by Florida’s standards. From the panhandle to the peninsula, the Sunshine State’s residents are talking about Trump vs. Clinton, the race for the U.S. Senate, new political boundaries and familiar issues: the economy, health care, water, education and guns.

That’s why WUSF 89.7 is joining with other public radio stations across the state to bring you the voices of voters and a weekly discussion to help make sense of the issues.

The availability of mail-in ballots this election will allow votes to be cast from kitchen tables and living room couches, as opposed to polling booths.

The state Division of Elections says that more than 10 percent of Florida voters have already ordered mail-in ballots and that number continues to grow.

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The I-4 Corridor stretches from Daytona Beach to Tampa, and has become a symbolic battleground in the one of the most coveted states in the race for the White House. But who are the people living in and voting in these communities? WUSF has teamed up with our sister station WMFE in Orlando to take a trip down the Interstate to learn more about these coveted voters.  Our trip starts in Volusia County.

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You will soon be able to test ride the new Cross-Bay Ferry.

One of the architects of the project, Ed Turanchik, said the plan is to give the public a chance to try out the ferry for free during Thanksgiving week. There will also be Friday through Sunday service offered for entertainment and tourism purposes beginning Nov. 4.

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Economists are telling the state's Citrus Commission that Florida orange production could sink by another two-thirds in the next 10 years if better solutions to the fatal bacterial disease citrus greening don't arise.

The state has received reports of more than 268 million gallons of sewage that spilled onto roads and into water around Florida so far this year and nearly 95 percent of it happened in Pinellas County during Hurricane Hermine.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office released another batch of 911 calls Wednesday from the shooting at Pulse nightclub.

The calls released show the high number of calls coming in. Orange County dispatchers were unable to patch many of the calls through to Orlando Police dispatchers.

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to investigate a sewage spill in St. Petersburg.

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WUSF recently launched an occasional series called “Art Populi,” an occasional series that is focusing on public art.

From city murals to street sculptures and free art, we're hoping to shed a new light on the Tampa Bay's art scene.

For our second story, we follow two artists as they abandon their creations in Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

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