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In the back of Broward County’s Animal Care and Adoption Center, a tiny black kitten the size of a hand, squeaks for another bottle. 

She doesn’t have a name, but Meagan Nehls, who is a program coordinator at the shelter, just calls her, “Kitten.”

The council that governs most fraternities in North America has voted to ban hard alcohol in chapter houses and at events. A Florida State University official is calling that a “step forward.”

Residents of  Tampa’s University Area will have more options for affordable housing in the coming months.

Dozens of new houses will be rented out for $600 to $700 per month. It's part of the University Area Community Development Corporation’s plan to transform the neighborhood sometimes derided as "Suitcase City," because of it's lack of permanent residents. The hope is that the program will increase home ownership rates.

While people in the Mid-Atlantic states make their last-minute preparations for Hurricane Florence, emergency responders from the Tampa Bay region are there in North Carolina, helping with medical evacuations. 

Florida is less than two months away from the general election on Nov.6. In this year’s election, there are two races in the national spotlight: senator and governor. The Senate race is between Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott and the governor's race between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Congressman Ron DeSantis. Sundial talked to A.G. Gancarski, writer for Florida Politics, about the two major races on the ballot, governor and senator.

The Leon County School Board has passed a $531 million dollar budget for the current school year. Funding for district employees is up over last year. Superintendent Rocky Hanna explained some of that increase is to account for new programs and raises.

More than one in four Floridians is considered obese, according to the latest “State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America" report.

Florida also ranks fourth highest in the nation when it comes to obesity rates for youth ages 10 to 17. (Read the full report for Florida and the nation.)

Viewers hoping to watch the Monroe County School Board meeting online Tuesday — or who tried to get through to the school district by phone — were out of luck.

The district shut its entire computer system down after detecting a malicious software attack over the weekend.

Tourism Numbers Up In First Half Of Year

Sep 12, 2018

Florida tourism is on pace to set an annual record, with an estimated 65.5 million people traveling to the state during the first half of the year, according to numbers released Wednesday.

The Kearney Center homeless shelter has partnered with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and local eateries to raise money for those that need its services.

Florida officials are rallying behind Amendment 10, which would require certain local offices be elected rather than appointed. A number of local agencies gathered at the Capitol Monday to launch a statewide initiative supporting the proposal.

Tallahassee police are getting calls and emails from around the world after a cellphone video taken at the Stadium Centre Apartments on Gaines Street went viral.

A man whose name hasn’t been released is seen confronting a group of FAMU students trying to get into the building last weekend. 

The video contains graphic language.

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida has been serving the community for four decades now. The nonprofit serves people over 60, and adults with disabilities, in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota counties.

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners will vote tonight to approve the city budget for the next year. 

The second - and final - public hearing for the budget happens at 6 p.m. in the Fort Lauderdale city commission chambers.

The hearing is the last chance for residents to give input about how the city of Fort Lauderdale should spend its money. 

The red tide bloom that’s persisted along the gulf coast for almost a year now, has killed hundreds of thousands of fish -- if not millions -- as well as large marine animals, like sea turtles, dolphins, and manatees. Conservation organizations are sounding the alarm about the populations of game fish like snook and redfish, which have been wiped out. Some fishing guides are reportedly looking at changing their business models to deep sea fishing, because of concerns it will take years for the game fish populations to rebound.