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Last month was the Tampa Bay Area’s hottest September on record and because of constant air conditioning problems, some Hillsborough County students felt the heat more than others.

Sundial continued the "strong mayor" initiative conversation. 

Republican candidate for Governor Ron DeSantis picked up an endorsement from Florida’s largest police union. 

Florida Blue has teamed up with Walgreens to offer free flu shots every Thursday in October from 10 a.m. until noon on a first-come, first-served basis.

We feature live music and conversation from Southwest Florida LGBT artists, performers and family members Kiki Lane and Duke Stamina.

Kiki Lane’s regular shows as the ‘Stacked Heels’ featured performer at Cruisers Lounge in Cape Coral deliver her unique blend of humor and music.  You can also catch her performances at other venues in the region including at the Buddha Rock Club and at HOWL Gallery in Fort Myers.

Her son, who goes by Duke Stamina, is a multi-talented artist. We’ll also hear him perform live and explore his approach to visual art following his recent gallery exhibition at the DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery in Fort Myers.

SWFL Pride returns to the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers this Saturday, Oct. 6 for its tenth year.  Early years of this LGBTQ+ pride festival drew just a few hundred people, but it has since grown to include several thousand attendees coming together to promote peace, inclusion, acceptance, love and to celebrate diversity.  The family-friendly event includes food and refreshments, games, entertainment, and a marketplace including a broad spectrum of LTBTQ-friendly vendors.  We’ll get a preview of the upcoming event with organizer Charlie Grissler and explore the grassroots history of LGBTQ activism that SWFL Pride celebrates.

We are now more than halfway through National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15.  In recognition of those of Hispanic heritage here in Southwest Florida, WGCU reporters Rachel Iacovone and Andrea Perdomo are featuring the voices and perspectives of local Latinos from across the region from all sorts of professions, genders and backgrounds.  We’ll get a sneak preview of the weeklong series, airing weekdays at 8:45 a.m. during Morning Edition and at 5:45 p.m. during All Things Considered.

Miami Dade College's Freedom Tower, the so-called "Ellis Island of the South", has been selected for a chance to receive funding by the 2018 Partners in Preservation competition. 

Partners in Preservation is a national competition that aims to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding historic places. This year, the topic is sites that celebrate diversity and fight for equality. The winner will receive up to $150,000.


When we look up at the stars our eyes see the visible light that’s travelled billions of miles to get here. And when early astronomers first turned their telescopes to the sky, the visible light is what they could see. But, as technology improved, astronomers starting looking at the sky using other forms of light energy, like electromagnetic radiation, gravitational waves, and now even neutrinos and cosmic rays. Each is created by different astrophysical processes, and so provide different kinds of information about their sources.

We're now more than halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, which extends from September 15th through October 15th.
 
So, in honor of those of Hispanic heritage here in Southwest Florida, WGCU is featuring local Latinos from across the region — from all sorts of professions, genders and backgrounds.
 
Today, you'll hear the story of a woman whose history led her to her career in finance with Lee County.



The South Florida Water Management District recently announced it’s testing what it calls Emergency Estuary Protection Wells. They are deep injection wells that pump water down thousands of feet into what’s called the ‘boulder zone’. This type of well is already used to dispose of excess water by cities around the country, including Cape Coral. But the key word is ‘dispose’, because water pumped down that far is not recoverable. And this, say environmental advocates, is not a good solution because we need all the water we can get, and pumping polluted water deep beneath the earth could pose unknown environmental problems.

A $145 gift from the country’s oldest and largest study abroad organization could make a huge difference for 175 University of South Florida students.

The present - a free passport - is giving them the opportunity to travel, study or even take a job in a foreign country.

9pm SUDDENLY (1954) Crime drama starring Frank Sinatra and Sterling Hayden - In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

The push to get out the vote is in full force, as vote-by-mail ballots hit local post offices on Tuesday.

Boodnaraine Tihal has been a teacher for 50 years. He started when he was just 18 years-old, in his home country of Guyana. He also taught in the Bahamas, and even was a principal before coming to the U.S. to teach at Seminole Middle School, in Plantation.

He's taught a little bit of everything, from civics, to government, and math.

But now he's retiring. His last day in the classroom is Friday, Oct.19, the end of the school's first quarter.

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