Many new Florida laws reflect GOP philosophy

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Jeremiah Jacobsen

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida will take another step into an era of declining expectations from its cash-strapped state government this week when the most austere in a series of..
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Three year old boy found wandering South Florida streets

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Jeremiah Jacobsen

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Police are investigating after a 3-year-old boy was found wandering the streets of South Florida.    A passerby spotted the boy in Hollywood o..
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Harry Chapin Food Bank finalist for hybrid SUV

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Alissa Reitmeier

Your online vote on Sunday will count towards the Harry Chapin Food Bank receiving a Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV. Toyota's nationwide "100 Cars for Good" program is offering 100 T..
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Florida Keys offers new James Bond-like watersport

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Jeremiah Jacobsen

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Visitors to the Florida Keys can now pretend to be, and actually fly like, James Bond, thanks to a new watersport.    Participants strap on a f..
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Family members identify woman found in parking lot

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Ryan Kruger

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Family members believe the decomposed body found Friday night in a Port Charlotte Wal-Mart parking lot is a woman who has been missing for days. There is no ..
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Veterans honored at Fort Myers ceremony

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Alissa Reitmeier

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Operation Dry Water underway in southwest Florida

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Genevieve Judge

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As you get ready for your weekend, here are some sobering numbers. In 2010, there were 330 alcohol related boating accidents. 126 people were killed and nearl..
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EXCLUSIVE: Teen's mom warns bus attendant may have tried to lure more girls

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Renee Stoll

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - "Just get him away from my daughter as quick as possible." That was the first reaction of a protective Collier County mother when she found sexual texts on h..
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Bats don't like their new home

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Ryan Kruger

MATLACHA, Fla - It's your money, an Lee County spent more than $13 thousand of it to build bats a new home. The bats were supposed to move in once work started on the Matlacha Brid..
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Anti-drilling effort continues more than a year after oil spill

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Vanessa Ruffes

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- In the wake of last year's oil spill, the "Hands Across the Sand" event took off. It's an international effort to protest offshore drilling and promote alternat..
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Ding Darling goes high-tech on Tuesday

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Lauren Pastrana

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla.-- Your phone can do just about anything these days, from paying your bills and to checking emails and of course making phone calls. Beginning Tuesday, June 28,..
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Low water levels at Lake Okeechobee

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Carlos Suarez

LAKE OKEECHOBEE, Fla. - WINK news paid a visit to Lake-O on Friday to get a first-hand look at how low water levels are in the current drought. On average, the lake should be at 15..
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Lehigh mom and son pulled to safety after car plunges into a canal

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Nick Spinetto

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla -  Around 6:30 Friday morning, 34 year-old Roselin Jean was turning the corner on Ann Avenue North, when her brakes failed. It sent her car careening into a ..
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Atheist claims harassment by Fla. sheriff

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida atheist says Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd keeps having her arrested because she's not a Christian. EllenBeth Wachs sued Judd Friday in federal court ..
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Florida panel rejects federal funds for elderly

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A legislative panel has rejected a $2.1 million federal grant designed to help remove patients from nursing homes and provide them with similar care in the..
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Rising numbers of Venezuelans seek exile in US

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

MIAMI (AP) - Oliver Gaviria was driving along a highway in Caracas when two men dressed in black pulled up alongside him on motorcycles and told him to stop the car. One held a gun..
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As schools cut budgets, strains on counselors grow

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) - High school counselors are finding themselves with higher caseloads as districts across the country trim their budgets.    A South Florida h..
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Doctors seek to block Fla. gag law on guns

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Amber Lindke

MIAMI (AP) - Thousands of Florida doctors and an anti-gun violence group want a Miami federal judge to immediately block enforcement of a new state law barring physicians from disc..
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Governor Scott signs Silver Alert Bill to protect vulnerable seniors

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today signed into law the Florida Silver Alert Plan, which helps protect Florida’s vulnerable senior citizens, according to ..
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Mother and child rescued by local man after car plunges into Lehigh Acres canal

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team assisted in the recovery of a vehicle from a Lehigh Acres canal following the rescue of a mother and child by a ..
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