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Governor Scott Tours Phosphate Sinkhole Site

Gov. Rick Scott visited the Polk County phosphate manufacturing plant on Tuesday, where a sinkhole has spilled contaminated water into the Florida aquifer. The sinkhole formed under a phosphogypsum stack at Mosaic’s New Wales manufacturing plant south of Lakeland.
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The Tampa Housing Authority announced this week that it was approved for a federal grant that will help poor Floridians get better jobs.

The $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will connect people in public housing with education, training and job placement as part of the national Jobs-Plus Initiative.

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About 150,000 gallons of sewage spilled early Tuesday in Clearwater on McMullen Booth Road near the intersection of Abby Crescent Lane.

The spill, caused by a broken pipe, seeped onto a nearby property and into Alligator Creek.

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Few states have as close a tie to the U.S. space program than Florida, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s a growing number of would-be rocket scientists at the University of South Florida.

In 2013, a mixture of mathematics, engineering and physic majors came together in a student club, the USF Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry, or SOAR.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida is expanding its services for transgender people.

It will now offer hormone replacement therapy for those who want to transition genders. This will start in early October.   

The U.S. Senate has again blocked a bill that would have provided funds to help combat the Zika virus.

Florida health care regulators are considering doing away with a rule limiting the number of trauma centers that can set up shop in each region.


Zika Cases Top 900 In Florida

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The number of cases of the ZIka virus in Florida has topped 900, with an additional 10 reported Tuesday, according to updated information posted on the Florida Department of Health website.

Bondi Announces Ban On Synthetic Drug

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Tuesday announced an emergency rule to ban a type of synthetic drug that she said has caused multiple deaths in Florida.

State Regulators Order 14.5% Increase In Workers' Comp Rates

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Florida regulators issued an order Tuesday that said workers' compensation insurance rates should increase 14.5 percent starting later this year.

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