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For the third time in about a week, there is a risk of tornadoes in parts of Florida. The active, El Niño-enhanced weather pattern continues Saturday night as yet another strong storm system moves in from the Gulf of Mexico.

The New York Times has this profile of some of the wildlife biologists in South Florida who are attempting to stop the spread of invasive Argentine black and white tegu lizards.

A new poll released on Tuesday shows a big shift in opinion by the Cuban-American community in South Florida: A majority (52 percent) of Cuban-Americans said the U.S. should end its embargo of Cuba.

Sea level rise and other factors related to climate change that are affecting Florida were highlighted this week in a new report from the White House on the topic.

Miami-Dade County’s Black Affairs Advisory Board and Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board spent four hours talking race, diversity and inclusion yesterday.

Vice President Joe Biden was commencement speaker at one of the Miami Dade College graduation ceremonies this past Saturday.

I-95 misery has bent Henry Flagler's railroad tracks full circle.

Long ago, passenger trains on lines Flagler built turned a community called Fort Dallas, pop. 300, into Miami. Then cars on I-95 turned Miami into the Miami metropolitan area, driving a stake into Flagler passenger trains along the way. Now, in a historic swing of the pendulum, that same highway system may be resurrecting Flagler passenger service.

The Central Florida Water Initiative, Toney Sleiman, and a freeze watch are in the headlines today.

Climate scientists largely agree that sea level is rising. The extent of the change is a far more complicated matter.

Jacksonville faces criticism over St. Johns algae, Cherish Perrywinkle among victims to be honored tonight, and a South Florida police department's decision to stop selling cocaine are in the headlines today.

Broward County Rebels Against Scott's Obamacare Rule

Sep 25, 2013

The ball's in Governor Rick Scott's court today now that Broward County has defied his order to keep Affordable Car Act advisers from meeting with the uninsured in county health department buildings.

Calling the order a deliberate obstruction of the president's health reform law, county commissioners voted 8 to 1 on Tuesday to disregard the order and remind the governor that county actually owns the health department buildings.

Mayor Kristin Jacobs said she doesn’t know if the state will fight back. But if it does, she said -- in these words -- "Bring it on!"

In the last year, over $57 million in illegal assets relating to federal cases in South Florida have been seized by the United States government, according to data provided by the U.S. Attorney’s office in South Florida.

$57,321,390.40 to be exact.

A new map clearly demarcates the racial divide in the United States through colorful dots, showing the demographics of South Florida and highlighting the striking partitions of how we live.

For example, most people know that Miami Beach is primarily a mix of white and Hispanic and that North Miami is mostly white east of Biscayne Boulevard and predominantly black on the west side. But there is more that can be read into the map.

Many South Florida voters were still in line to cast ballots during the 2012 election hours after President Barack Obama had been declared the winner.

Twelve years after hanging chads and the infamous election recount, Florida was again a national punchline last November.

Editor's note: In the hunt for what to do about the various mix of invasive species found in Florida, we are running a series that not only describes the problems caused by these plants and animals but, well, offers a culinary solution. Tweet us (@WLRN) your ideas and tips or email us a recipe:

Rat-Sized, Housing-Eating Snails Invade South Florida

Apr 15, 2013
Reuters, Florida Department of Agriculture

(Reuters) - South Florida is fighting a growing infestation of one of the world's most destructive invasive species: the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat and gnaw through stucco and plaster.

More than 1,000 of the mollusks are being caught each week in Miami-Dade and 117,000 in total since the first snail was spotted by a homeowner in September 2011, said Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.