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Governor Rick Scott declared a state of Emergency Aug. 13 for seven southwest Florida counties currently impacted by a lingering toxic red tide algae bloom crisis. The bloom, which has persisted since last fall, now stretches some 150 miles between Naples and Anna Maria Island and appears to be moving north.


Since early this summer, WGCU has been covering the blossoming algae crisis along southwest Florida coasts, canals and rivers. Social media is filled with citizen journalists documenting what they’re seeing, hearing, and fearing. There are so many angles to these stories, and so many overlapping issues that a chorus of questions surround every discussion. So, for the past week we’ve asked our listeners for their questions, comments, and proposed solutions, and the response has been overwhelming.

Florida's Attorney General is the state's chief legal officer responsible for enforcing the state's laws and protecting consumers. The office defends state laws in civil court and represents the state in criminal conviction appeals courts. As a member of the Florida cabinet, the post also has a role to play in the restoration of felon rights, assuming Amendment 4 fails to get at least 60 percent support in November.

In recent months, journalism groups have been recognizing news outlets across the country for outstanding work done in 2017, and WUSF has garnered multiple awards.

This week on Florida Matters we highlight some of the award-winning journalism produced by our WUSF news team.

Arguing that Floridians shouldn’t be asked to vote on ballot measures that patch together unrelated issues, a legal challenge filed Tuesday at the state Supreme Court seeks to scuttle six proposed constitutional amendments.

Six months to the day after the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and coming shortly after the Broward County school district’s controversial reversal of a plan to install metal detectors at the Parkland school — a consultant tasked with providing a security assessment recommended against using the devices.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honor society in America – almost as old as the United States itself – as it was founded at the College of William and Mary in December of 1776.

In its lengthy history, PBK has had more than half a million members, including 17 U.S. Presidents, 40 Supreme Court Justices and around 140 Nobel Laureates.

Adam Putnam Fighting Unexpected Uphill Battle in GOP Primary

Aug 15, 2018

This is part of a series of stories that will advance the Aug. 28 primary elections

Clad in jeans and a blue-checkered shirt with rolled-up sleeves, Adam Putnam easily blended into the rural North Florida residents attending the annual Wausau Possum Festival in early August.

“I’m a farmer, a business owner,” the boyish-looking, 44-year-old Republican candidate for governor told the crowd in a brief speech. “The foundation of my campaign is that I know Florida best. This isn’t my first trip to Wausau just because I’m running for statewide office.”

At Camp Shine, the counselors are actually counselors — and not just in the typical summer camp way. They're therapists.

A deadly chemical that targets baby mosquitoes is much more effective when attacking Zika virus than traditional insecticides, according to a new study.

In an annual back-to-school address, the leader of Miami-Dade County Public Schools highlighted the district's star teachers and students.

Like Lois Kirns, an 80-year-old physical education teacher at New World School of the Arts, who has been in the classroom for more than a half century. And Ethan Levy, an budding scientist and student at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School.

Those driving on Monroe Street near the North Florida Fairgrounds may notice there’s now a historic marker there. It’s a reminder that in 1963, student demonstrators who had been arrested were held there as the county jail overflowed.

August 14th marks the 83rd birthday of Social Security. The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans celebrated the anniversary at Tallahassee City Hall by calling on lawmakers to protect the program. 

9pm THREE CAME HOME Drama (1950) starring Claudette Colbert and Patric Knowles. Based on Agnes Newton Keith's bestselling 1947 memoir, this film tells Keith's harrowing true story of survival in a POW camp during World War II.  

new report from Florida International University looks at the effectiveness of mosquito spraying in areas of Miami impacted by the Zika virus. The research found that using larvicide to target mosquitos in early stages of development was much more effective than using adulticide, which kills adult mosquitos. Dr. Phil Stoddard is the author of the study and South Miami Mayor.

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