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49 people were killed in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016. But an investigation from Health News Florida's Abe Aboraya and Pro Publica finds some people may have survived if paramedics had been allowed inside the club sooner.

This week on Florida Matters we hear that story and talk about how response efforts have changed since the massacre.


The city of Orlando is asking a federal judge to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit that was filed on behalf of victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting. 

Forty nine people died and dozens were injured in the Pulse nightclub shooting two years ago. Not counted in the total are some of the first responders who are now struggling with PTSD after witnessing the scene.

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A federal jury has found Noor Salman, the widow of the Pulse gunman, not guilty on all charges.

Salman faced charges of providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said she knew about her husband’s plans for the 2016 mass shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people.

More than a year and a half after Omar Mateen opened fire at an Orlando nightclub, leaving 49 victims dead and ultimately dying himself in a shootout with police, attorneys delivered their opening statements on the sole person charged in the massacre: Mateen's widow, Noor Salman.

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The gunman who killed 49 people in the Pulse nightclub attack was shot and killed hours afterward. Now, nearly two years later, his widow is being held accountable, charged with helping her husband plan the attack.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of the widow of the gunman who police say killed dozens at a Florida nightclub.

Construction will begin to improve a temporary memorial for the 49 people killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando as plans for a permanent museum continue underway.

A new report from the Department of Justice and the Police Foundation takes a critical look at the police response to the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Orlando Health officials have done six presentations in Las Vegas in the last year about how to respond to a mass shooting — including an emergency room doctor giving an educational presentation to University Medical Center Las Vegas.

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When 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Florida in 2016, Gov. Rick Scott publicly offered his sympathy to the victims' families and the LGBT community.

Authorities investigating the wife of a man who massacred Florida nightclub patrons have seized three computers, cellphones, an IPad and a Facebook account as evidence.

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Surrounded by a crowd of about a hundred spectators, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman lowered the American flag outside City Hall.

He then re-raised it, with a new rainbow flag adorning the rope just beneath it.

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Church bells throughout Orlando will ring 49 times at noon Monday, a year after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Life After Pulse: A Special Report

Jun 12, 2017

Health News Florida partner station WMFE in Orlando has produced an in-depth series for the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The coverage focuses on the stories of the people: people who survived and how they are moving forward; people who were lost and how they are remembered; and people – in the Orlando community and around the globe – who were moved to respond in the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Thousands Expected At Pulse Memorial Events

Jun 9, 2017

Thousands are expected Monday at events throughout downtown Orlando to mark one year since the Pulse mass shooting.

Ricardo Negon never kissed his boyfriend in front of conservative relatives. Carlos Guillermo Smith was once attacked by anti-gay students at a college party. After coming out in high school, Marco Quiroga left his mother's home and became temporarily homeless.


After the Pulse nightclub shooting, mental health organizations mobilized to provide counseling.

The Mental Health Association of Central Florida used a grant to create a new program to help people affected by the shooting with free mental health counseling. Now, they’re looking for funding to keep operating. 

Gerry Realin wishes he had never become a police officer.

Realin was part of the Hazmat team that responded to the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando. He spent four hours taking care of the dead inside the club. Now, triggers like a marker or a white sheet yank him out of the moment and back to Pulse.

Funding for a clinic to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans and Pulse first responders has been cut from Florida’s budget.

Report Reveals New Details From Florida Nightclub Shooting

Apr 14, 2017

A new report from Orlando police reveals nearly half of the 49 victims in the Pulse nightclub attack died on the dance floor without a chance to react or run for help.

An Orlando police officer diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after the Pulse shooting has been ordered back to work.

Wife Of Pulse Gunman Arrested In California

Jan 16, 2017
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Authorities have arrested the wife of the gunman in the Pulse nightclub shooting. Noor Salman was arrested in California.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a statement that the FBI took Salman into custody on charges of Aiding and Abetting by providing material support to a terrorist organization and Obstruction of Justice.

Last year’s Orlando attack—the worst mass shooting in modern American history—is prompting Governor Rick Scott to put millions of dollars in his proposed budget toward counterterrorism and intelligence efforts in Florida. Law enforcement agencies around the state are praising Scott’s decision.

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A federal lawsuit is alleging Facebook, Google and Twitter lend material support to the Islamic State.

Over the summer, the Pulse Nightclub tragedy garnered national attention as the worst mass shooting in modern American history. And, while it’s certainly influenced the lives affected by the massacre, the incident is also influencing legislative issues for the 2017 session.

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The owner of Pulse says she is planning on re-opening the gay nightclub in a different location.

The owner of Pulse says she feels a personal obligation to create a permanent memorial at the site of the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

She will not sell the nightclub to the city of Orlando.

Barbara Poma said she just isn’t ready to walk away from the gay nightclub she established as a tribute to her brother, who died of AIDS.

Her decision comes after city staff proposed buying the building for $2.25 million to transform it into a memorial for the 49 who died in the June 12 massacre.

The final shooting victim in the Pulse Night Club shooting has been released from the hospital after 86 days.

Pulse Shooting Inspires LGBT PAC For Gun Control

Aug 17, 2016

Leaders of a new LGBT political action committee advocating for gun control are launching the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence Wednesday in Orlando. Organizers want to prevent future tragedies like the Pulse nightclub massacre.

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