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Marlins Pitcher, Alonso Grad José Fernández Killed In Boating Crash

Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández, who played for Tampa's Alonso High School, was killed early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach, according to authorities. "The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández," said the team in a statement circulated via social media. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at a very difficult time."
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Mote Marine Laboratory has announced it has raised more than $50 million in the Sarasota laboratory's first comprehensive fundraising campaign. President and CEO Michael Crosby said the money will be used for long-term sustainable projects to help preserve unique marine life.

Several longtime politicians were sent packing by voters in the recent primaries. Those include former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman, current commissioner Kevin Beckner, and state Rep. Ed Narain. All these candidates had been in public office a long time, and now they're out of the game. But do old politicians really fade away, or do they - ala former Gov. Charlie Crist - reinvent themselves and run again?

WUSF's Steve Newborn asks veteran political analyst William March what happens to the losers.
 

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Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández, who played for Tampa's Alonso High School, was killed early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach, according to authorities. 

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández," said the team in a statement circulated via social media. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at a very difficult time."

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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.

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