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Northeast Floridians still waiting for federal recovery dollars a year after Hurricane Matthew may need to wait even longer, after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas last week.


Scott Declares Emergency As Hurricane Irma Threatens State

Sep 5, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott on Monday placed all of Florida under a state of emergency as the projected path of Hurricane Irma — now a Category 5 storm — could take the powerful storm toward the southern tip of the state by the end of the week.

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Floridians are old pros when it comes to hurricane preparation, but these last few years of near hurricane drought may have taken the edge off storm preparation.

But Harvey's Texas devastation is a stark reminder about the kind of damage a major hurricane can do.

Irma Now a Category 4 with an Eye on Florida

Sep 4, 2017

Irma strengthened Monday afternoon to a Category 4 storm, and the latest forecast data suggests the Major Hurricane will approach South Florida this weekend. It was too soon to make or deny that call in the past few days, but it’s now time for all Floridians in a hurricane prone area - no matter which coast you live along - to take Irma seriously.

Major Hurricane Irma Churns Westward

Sep 4, 2017
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Hurricane Irma remains a major Category 3 hurricane and appears to be heading toward Florida this weekend.

As of 11 a.m. Monday morning, it was located about 560 miles to the east of the Leeward Islands.

Imagine more than 600 days in space; that's 21 months cruising the cosmos, or close to two years without flush toilets or pizza.

On Saturday, Astronaut Peggy Whitson touched down in Kazakhstan at 9:21 p.m. EDT alongside a fellow American and a Russian in their Soyuz capsule, wrapping up a record-breaking mission.

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A woman was rescued by Florida authorities after they received a call from India that she was being beaten and held against her will in her Riverview home by her husband and his parents.

Florida’s child welfare officials are doing a review of their system and already looking ahead legislatively on the state and national level on what can be done to further help children within the system.

This year Florida lawmakers changed the way the state building codes are updated. There are concerns the new law could weaken the integrity of Florida homes, in order to cut construction costs. In the wake of Harvey, those concerns are taking on a new significance.

Some have claimed that storms like Hurricane Harvey are the result of global climate change, which is likely to mean more dangerous weather events in the future. So we checked in with the State of Florida’s climatologist to get his take on that argument.

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The U.S. Coast Guard says a small plane crashed into the waters off St. Petersburg during takeoff but the two people onboard are safe.

Atlanta Braves

It looks like the last hurdle has been cleared to build a new spring training home for the Atlanta Braves in Sarasota County.

The state has approved spending $20 million for the spring training complex, which will be built in the West Villages neighborhood of North Port in time for the 2019 season. Sarasota County will own the stadium, and chip in $22 million in tourist taxes. The city of North Port has already pledged $4.7 million  in sales taxes for the 6,500-seat stadium.

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Some Florida residents woke up to an uninvited, scaly guest in their backyard swimming pool: a 7- to 8-foot-long (2-meter-long) alligator.

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Gov. Rick Scott in a high-profile dispute about whether he exceeded his authority by stripping Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala of death penalty cases.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he’s proud of his House Budget Chairman, Carlos Trujillo receiving a nomination for a United Nations post.

Gov. Rick Scott wants to do away with bonuses for employees at the state's tourism and business-recruitment agencies, at least for now.

After fighting with the Legislature earlier this year to keep the agencies funded, Scott on Thursday rejected the bonuses “at this time.”

Scott sent a letter to members of the boards of directors at Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida outlining his opposition to the employee rewards.

Third FHP Official Suspended As Probe Ends

Aug 31, 2017
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The Florida Highway Patrol is suspending a top official for three days as part of its review into whether troopers were ordered to meet traffic ticket quotas.

University of Florida officials say a group headed by white nationalist Richard Spencer is threatening legal action after the school refused to rent it space on campus for a September event.

The moisture from Tropical Storm Harvey has already produced flash flooding near Pensacola, and more heavy rain is possible across north Florida through Friday.

Mexican officials are hoping to strengthen trade ties with Florida. During a recent visit to Orlando, Mexico’s foreign affairs undersecretary Carlos Sada said he wants to see import and export revenue between his country and Florida rival that of border states like Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

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