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Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the... It's like Florida's version of The Blob.

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Related Topix: US Governors, John Hickenlooper

Tue Sep 16, 2014

WCTV Tallahassee

Florida Marks 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Ivan

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan. Ivan was the third of the 2004 North Atlantic hurricanes to make landfall in Florida, and left behind an estimated $14.2 billion in damages.

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Related Topix: Florida Government, Hurricane, Natural Disasters

The Orlando Sentinel

Central Florida's second Shake Shack will open on Orlando's I-Drive in spring 2015

Central Florida's second Shake Shack will open in Orlando in spring 2015. The new location will be part of the new I-Drive 360, a dining, entertainment and shopping complex that will be home to the "Orlando Eye" observational wheel.

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Related Topix: Entertainment

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Uninsured rate remains unchanged in Florida

Uninsured rate remains unchanged in Florida The rate of Floridians without health insurance stayed the same in 2013 from the previous year. Check out this story on wtsp.com: http://on.wtsp.com/1s5jDaD Figures released from the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday showed that 20 percent of Floridians lacked health insurance last year.

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Related Topix: Florida Government, Health Insurance

CBS Local

Uninsured Rate Remains Unchanged In Florida

The rate of Floridians without health insurance stayed the same in 2013 from the previous year, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Twenty percent of Floridians lacked health insurance last year, down slightly from a rate of 20.1 percent in 2012.

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Related Topix: Florida Government, Health Insurance, Health, US News, Healthcare Law, Law, Rick Scott, US Governors

WCTV Tallahassee

Universities Want Boost in Aid for Needy Students

Florida universities say they need millions to deal with the fallout from changes to the state's popular Bright Futures scholarship program. The Board of Governors is expected this week to discuss a $45 million boost in financial aid that goes to students who come from lower income families.

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Related Topix: Florida Government, Lottery

Business Journal

Florida nursery: Proposed pot law favors out-of-state businesses

Almost before the ink was dry, the state's largest nursery is protesting a rule floated by health regulators setting up the framework for Florida's new medical-marijuana industry. Miami-based Costa Farms filed a challenge Monday in the state Division of Administrative Hearings, questioning the proposed use of a lottery to pick five licensees - one in each region of the state - to grow, process and distribute the non-euphoric strains of cannabis legalized by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott this spring.

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Related Topix: Florida Government, Marijuana, US Governors, Rick Scott

SFGate

5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 16

Baptist Health South Florida is giving $5 million for health and wellness programs at the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science being built in downtown Miami. The Baptist Health People & Science Gallery will be located inside the museum.

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Related Topix: Miami Dade County, FL, University of North Florida, Violent Crime, Pasco County, FL

Mon Sep 15, 2014

NJ.com

Man charged with killing former Brick family in Florida

Adam Matos, 28, of Hudson, Florida, was charged with killing four people, including a former Brick family, authorities said. Ismael Tristen Santisteban, 4, was found safe at the Floridan Hotel in Tampa, Florida the day after an Amber Alert was issued, authorities said.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Hudson, FL, Pasco County, FL

Examiner.com

As school testing protest rage on, Florida suspends controversial exam

With protest and debate raging on over Florida 's school exams, critics of the test got a major victory on Sept. 15. According to the Tampa Bay Times , education commissioner Pam Steward suspended the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, otherwise known as the FAIR test, for Kindergarten through second grade, in an announcement to school superintendents on Sept.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Alachua County, FL

Click Orlando

Missing New York dog found in Florida by microchip, to be reunited with owner

A toy fox terrier named Nika will be reunited with her owner after Marion County Animal Services says it tracked down her owner in New York by using her microchip. Two-year-old Nika vanished from her owner Giuseppe DiBella's front yard in Newburg, New York two years ago.

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Cybercast News Service

Fla.'s 'Gray Belt' a glimpse at nation's future

A billboard at the county line advertises home health care services. Local churches try to create a feeling of belonging for elderly members who may be disconnected from family up north.

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Related Topix: Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), Citrus County, FL, Medicaid, Health, Citrus Hills, FL, Beverly Hills, FL

Detroit News

Florida's 'Gray Belt' a glimpse at nation's future

A billboard at the county line advertises home health care services. Local churches try to create a feeling of belonging for elderly members who may be disconnected from family up north.

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Related Topix: Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), Citrus County, FL, Medicaid, Health, Citrus Hills, FL, Beverly Hills, FL

KMBC-TV

Paul, Clinton top NH presidential poll

Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul is the most popular Republican among the crowded list of potential presidential candidates in New Hampshire, according to a new CNN/ORC poll out Monday. The same poll finds that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead among potential Democratic candidates in the Granite State.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal, US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton, Florida Government

JD Supra

Marijuana Use For Alleged Depression and Anxiety Can Still Get You Fired In Florida

There can be no doubt that Americans' views on the legality of marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes has shifted over the past few years. A recent survey conducted by Fextel, Inc. and StPetePolls.org found that over 73% of Floridians would support a constitutional amendment to allow the use of medical marijuana to treat debilitating medical conditions, and 58% support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Florida Government, Rick Scott, US Governors, Fire

Business Journal

South Florida developer gambles on Atlantic City casino

A Wellington-based developer made a $90 million bid for a bankrupt casino in Atlantic City and says he plans to invest $1.5 billion the property.

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Related Topix: Economics News, Bankruptcy

Washington Times

Entries being accepted for Florida writing award

The award recognizes a living author for a body of work that is judged to be distinguished and influential to Floridians. The winner must reside in Florida.

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Related Topix: Florida Government, Florida, MO

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Examiner.com

5 Florida Lighthouses to visit near Jacksonville

Lighthouses were developed as an aide to navigation for ships at sea and inland waterways. Lighthouses played an important part of Florida's coastal history allowing explorers to find their way, explore and settle.

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Related Topix: Ponce de Leon, FL, Daytona Beach, FL

Examiner.com

Florida 2014: Different election, same old Charlie Crist

The Miami Herald reported Sunday that "switching parties is a time-honored tradition in Florida politics, but Charlie Crist is doing it at a time, at a level and in a way never before attempted." On Sunday, The Miami Herald's Steve Bousquet reported that "switching parties is a time-honored tradition in Florida politics, but Charlie Crist is doing it at a time, at a level and in a way never before attempted."

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Related Topix: US Politics, Senator Marco Rubio, US News, US Senate, Republican, Florida Government, Charlie Crist, US Governors, Barack Obama

CBS Local

Panthers Expanding Tracks Around Florida

State biologists are finding more panther tracks in Polk County and throughout southwest Florida. In recent years panthers have been tracked or photographed near Avon Park and Haines City, and they've been seen in developments outside Naples.

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Related Topix: Polk County, FL, Avon Park, FL, Haines City, FL

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