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The federal government is reimbursing Florida schools that took in thousands of Puerto Rican children displaced by Hurricane Maria.

Three Systems to Watch in the Atlantic

Sep 7, 2018

Gordon may be gone, but there's no doubt the heart of hurricane season is here. Florence is a potential hurricane threat to the Mid-Atlantic states next week, and two other tropical waves are likely to develop behind it this weekend. One, in particular, could - emphasis on the word “could” - be a concern to Florida in about ten days.

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The Largo Police Department is rolling out new technology that will make it easier to search for Alzheimer's sufferers who are prone to wandering.

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The 2018 Florida primary was one of the most surprising elections in modern memory. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum surged from behind to become the Democratic nominee for governor and Donald Trump-backed Ron DeSantis took home a decisive win over Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Gordon is expected to make landfall tonight as the fourth named hurricane of the season. The strong tropical storm is forecast to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday evening as it moves northward. Conditions are favorable due to the warmer waters and the lack of strong winds aloft.

The outer rain bands of Gordon have been bringing squalls and heavy rain to the western Florida panhandle as the tropical storm moves closer to making landfall along the north-central Gulf coast in Mississippi tonight.

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After about two months of sitting vacant, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority recently decided to move forward with demolition plans for Jordan Park Senior Village.

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Drinking water at several Polk County Public Schools has tested positive for lead.

Now, the school district says it will test all of its schools for the highly toxic metal.

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After trailing in the polls throughout his entire primary campaign, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum became the Democratic nominee for governor last week. 

Tropical Storm Gordon Forms over South Florida

Sep 3, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon formed Monday morning near Key Largo, Florida and is expected to bring heavy rain, gusty winds and possible tornadoes to portions of South Florida Monday afternoon and night.

The storm is then likely to continue strengthening as it moves into the eastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, before making landfall across the central Gulf Coast states Tuesday night.

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The Saint Leo University Polling Institute recently released a survey conducted in early August asking for opinions on a wide range of topics regarding the Catholic Church and social issues.

One topic that stood out was how Pope Francis and the Catholic Church has handled cases of sexual abuse.

SUNDAY EVENING UPDATE: The National Hurricane Center has begun issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven, which is forecast to become Tropical Storm Gordon by Tuesday in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. As of 5 pm, the system was located about 250 miles southeast of Miami, moving west-northwest at 15 mph. A Tropical Storm Watch was issued for coastal areas of Alabama, Mississippi, and eastern Louisiana for the potential of tropical storm conditions Tuesday night and Wednesday. Advisories will be considered for sections of South Florida later this evening if the system continues to organize and potentially develop further overnight.

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Friends, family and former political rivals saluted the late Sen. John McCain on Saturday as a loving father, a fierce but forgiving political brawler, and a champion of American values around the world.

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A tropical wave will move across the Florida peninsula this weekend, enhancing rainfall and potentially washing out holiday plans for many Floridians.

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Sarasota business owners say they've taken a financial hit since the outbreak of red tide.

Throughout the month of August, Visit Sarasota, the official tourism agency for Sarasota County has conducted a survey of 450 businesses. A majority reported a slump in revenue due to the fish kills and odor which has impacted tourism in southwest Florida.

The Tropical Atlantic is Coming Alive

Aug 31, 2018

A new tropical storm is developing in the far east Atlantic and forecast to become a hurricane this weekend.

The National Hurricane Center began advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Six Thursday morning, stating that the system lacked a well-defined center but was likely to strengthen over the next 24 hours. A Tropical Storm Warning was issued by the government of the Cabo Verde Islands for Santiago, Fogo and Brava.

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State Representative Ross Spano of Brandon will be the Republican candidate running to replace retiring U.S. Representative Dennis Ross.

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Transportation planners in Hillsborough County laid out how they would spend money from a proposed one cent sales tax increase on Thursday, with little mention of rail or other mass transit options besides busses.

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State officials are providing more money to Southwest Florida counties affected by the red tide outbreak that is sending waves of dead fish onshore and into neighborhood canals.

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Democratic candidate for governor Chris King was in Tampa Tuesday morning, vying for the votes of the local Muslim community.

Updated at 6:26 p.m. ET

A federal jury on Tuesday found Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, guilty on eight of the 18 charges he faced in his tax and bank fraud trial.

The verdict delivered a painful fall from grace for a top political operative who has advised presidents from Gerald Ford to Donald Trump and a shot in the arm to an investigation derided by President Trump as a "witch hunt."

As Florida prepares for primaries on Aug. 28, issues around voting security and fraud have been front and center. Earlier this month, Sen. Bill Nelson claimed Russian hackers had gained access to valuable data on state voters. And two weeks ago, a story broke about an 11-year-old hacking into a replica of Florida’s elections website. 

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Bethlehem Bible Church is the oldest Baptist church in the historically black neighborhood of Newtown in North Sarasota. But this Sunday, it's Soul Central — the hub for helping to get its members and six other congregations to the polls.

New Committee Raises Money To Fight Gambling Measure

Aug 20, 2018

A political committee formed last month has raised $1.25 million to help fight a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in the state.

The committee, Citizens for the Truth About Amendment 3, Inc., filed paperwork with the state July 18 and raised the money from Aug. 1 through Aug. 7.

Contributions included $500,000 from Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, Inc., a Northeast Florida gambling operator, and $250,000 from Fontainebleau Florida Hotel, LLC of Miami Beach, according to campaign-finance reports.

Watches, Rings, Baseball Cards Up For Auction In Tampa Saturday

Aug 16, 2018
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Are you in the market for a Rolex watch, a 4.6 carat diamond ring, or baseball cards from the 1960s?

If so, the 2018 Florida Unclaimed Property Auction may be just for you.

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Early voting is already underway for the August 28th primaries, but new straw polls in Tampa and Lakeland gauged how candidates may fair in November's general election.

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Whoever becomes the state's next governor will inherit a transportation system bogged down by crowded roads and a lack of mass transit options.

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The November election ballot will have 13 constitutional amendments, including one to increase the property tax exemption.

Amendment 1 is effectively a tax cut for homeowners. A July poll by the Florida Chamber of Commerce found the amendment has overwhelming support from voters, but many local governments are afraid they will be negatively impacted by it. 

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Transportation planners in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties have launched a survey for residents to choose which sort of traffic-alleviating options they want most.

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When U.S. Representative Dennis Ross announced his retirement back in April, he caused a stampede of candidates to enter the race for his seat.

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