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What started in part by a text in response to racial tension and police shootings of black men has turned into millions of dollars directed at economic development and investment in the black community. The bank black effort is an economic call to action as much as it is a social movement.

One local bank, OneUnited, has received millions of new dollars in deposits thanks to the bank black movement. The bank is based in Boston with branches in Los Angeles and in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood.

Estimates for traffic deaths in Florida climbed to more than 3,200 in 2016, a jump of nearly ten percent from the previous year. Lee County leads Southwest Florida with the deadliest roads in the region with more than 100 deaths in traffic accidents last year, nearly three times the fatalities seen in Collier and Charlotte counties.

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Governor Rick Scott’s campaign to save the Visit Florida tourism marketing agency and Enterprise Florida’s business incentive program came to Tampa Monday. A House committee voted to eliminate both of the public-private partnerships last week.

Coast Guard Searching For Missing Plane

Feb 13, 2017
U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a small plane the failed to show up at it destination along Florida's Gulf coast.

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Walt Disney World is increasing single-day tickets at certain times of the year and setting expiration dates on tickets in hopes of preventing overcrowding during its parks' busiest times.

An engineer with the American Bureau of Shipping testified Thursday the sunken El Faro ship met all guidelines before it sailed in September of 2015.

That contradicts some previous testimony from one naval architect.

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A customer at a nail salon in Florida was accidentally shot after an employee of a gun store next-door inadvertently discharged a gun.

Fort Myers Golfer Uses Putter To Escape Gator's Jaws

Feb 13, 2017
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A Florida golfer made the shot of his life with a putter when he used it to escape an alligator that had grabbed him by the ankle.

Tony Aarts used his putter to jab the gator in the eyes before the alligator let him go.

WINK-TV reports that Aarts was playing at the Magnolia Landing Golf & Country Club in the Fort Myers area last Wednesday when he heard a splash while approaching the fourth hole.

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Crowds flocked to the opening day of the 113th Florida State Fair on Thursday to sample the latest fried foods and explore the exhibits.

Why should a community fund free legal aid services for its low-income residents?

The Florida Bar Foundation is trying to make the case that these programs, which provide representation by civil legal aid advocates in cases directly affecting families, homes, incomes, jobs and access to vital services, should be funded because they are  good for the economy.

Florida Citrus Forecast Gloomy Again

Feb 10, 2017

Florida's citrus industry, on pace for its worst harvest in five decades, continues to get troubling news.

Liquor, Self-Defense Bills Moving Though Senate

Feb 10, 2017
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Controversial proposals that would allow liquor to be sold in grocery stores and shift the burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases were set up Thursday to be among the first items the Senate could approve when the annual legislative session begins next month.

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A Southwest Florida deputy has been charged after authorities say she lied to investigators to help another deputy accused of trying to kill a woman he had been defrauding.

Full Moon, Comet In Night Show This Weekend

Feb 9, 2017
Caribbean moonlight at El Colony Hotel on the Isla de la Juventud
Steve Newborn / WUSF News

A full moon and comet share double billing in a special night sky show this weekend.

Publix Cuts Out Free Deli Meat To Customers

Feb 9, 2017
Publix Super Markets

Deli customers at Publix may be asking, "Where's the meat?"

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in Miami on Wednesday to tout the $10 billion  in transportation spending he’s included in his proposed budget for 2017-2018.

 

The governor spoke at PortMiami surrounded by dozens of orange-vested workers -- some of the more than 200-thousand employees he said the port supports.

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Authorities say a man who had been sleeping in a Tampa commercial trash bin is recovering after nearly being crushed in the back of a garbage truck.

Tumble From Tightrope Injures 5 In Sarasota

Feb 9, 2017
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It was supposed to be the headline act for Circus Sarasota: a high-wire pyramid some 30 feet in the air.

WUSF TV License Sold; Station Will End Operations

Feb 8, 2017

The University of South Florida has sold WUSF Television as part of the Federal Communication Commissions's spectrum auction.

The license for the station was sold for $18.7 million. As part of its Broadcast Incentive Auction, the federal government is buying signals from broadcasters around the country to sell to wireless network providers.  

Some Pulse Patrons Upset At Not Getting Funds

Feb 8, 2017

Some patrons of Florida's Pulse nightclub are upset they aren't receiving money from a $29.5 million victims' compensation fund since they were outside the Orlando club when a mass shooting began.

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