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Families of the students killed during the Parkland school shooting say Broward County Public Schools need new leadership, citing the school district's "incompetence" and failed policy response to the massacre in February. 

Everglades advocates are telling Congress to get moving on a major restoration project needed to help prevent future algae blooms like the ones currently choking inland and coastal waterways in Florida. 

The two GOP candidates running for governor faced off in their second – and final – debate Wednesday before the Republican primary.

Perspectives: Debbie Lightsey

Aug 9, 2018

Debbie Lightsey, the longest-serving city commissioner in Tallahassee history, talks about the people and policies that figured prominently during her 22 years on the commission from 1988 to 2010.  She also has some advice for those now serving (and those wishing to serve) on that body.

Republican frontrunners in the GOP gubernatorial race faced-off Wednesday in their second and final debate ahead of Florida’s August 28th primary election, which is now less than three weeks away.

In their second and final debate for the Republican nomination for governor, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis clashed Wednesday over President Donald Trump, Florida’s water crisis and campaign contributions.

Putnam, a two-term Cabinet member and former member of Congress, accused DeSantis, a three-term member of Congress, of running a campaign light on Florida issues.

As Southwest Florida continues to face a persistent red tide bloom that’s devastating marine wildlife, and a severe blue-green algae bloom in the Caloosahatchee River and estuary that's being fed by polluted freshwater being released from Lake Okeechobee, we’re opening the phones for listener questions about the many factors that have led to these environmental crises. 

Transportation planners in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties have launched a survey for residents to choose which sort of traffic-alleviating options they want most.

COMMENTARY

It’s tempting to call last weekend’s failed drone attack on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro daring.

Unfortunately, the only thing you can ultimately call it is dumb – because assassination attempts are only going to make Maduro dig in, not give in.

When Maduro claimed last Saturday he’d been the target of exploding drones, the world was rightly skeptical. He and his socialist regime are shamelessly notorious for concocting assassination conspiracies to divert attention from their disastrous and dictatorial rule.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission met Wednesday with Guy Grace, the director of security and emergency planning for Littleton Public Schools, the district that's home to Columbine High School. 

The commission continued their investigation on the events that led up to the February 14 mass shooting, what went wrong and what can be improved. They will meet Thursday as well. 

It’s been over three years since the Florida Legislature debated -- and rejected -- a proposal to expand Medicaid. Expansion would make hundreds of thousands of uninsured Floridians eligible for the government healthcare insurance program for low-income people.

Thirty-three states, as well as the District of Columbia, have expanded the program. The most recent was Virginia where, after five years of heated debate, a slim Republican majority in the state Senate approved a budget that would expand Medicaid.

Will 2019 be the year Florida follows suit?

A new study from the Miami Urban Future Initiative focuses on providing evidence-based data on Miami’s evolution as a global city. Deep and international ties to Latin America is the biggest factor that make the city a "global" area, it says. 

Duval Street is Key West's main drag, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf end of the street is busy, with lots of bars and restaurants. The Ocean end is public property; it's got a pier, nine parking spots and a Dumpster for the seaweed that collects at the shoreline.

Joined by the girlfriend of a black man who was shot dead by a white man over a disabled parking spot at a Clearwater convenience store, black pastors, civil rights leaders and politicians marched to Governor Rick Scott’s office Wednesday to demand a repeal of the state’s controversial “stand your ground law.”

Ah, the inevitable sign that summer break is coming to an end: back-to-school advertisements. As beneficial as they are for a parent's wallet, they may be triggering anxiety in their children as they prepare to return to school. 

"For children, as it pertains to school, it's normal to feel scared about something that is coming new," said  Miami-based psychologist Lina Acosta Sandaal,  founder of Stop Parenting Alone, an organization dedicated to sharing information about child development with parents. 

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