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Florida wildlife refuge to take 30 former circus elephants

A Florida wildlife sanctuary is building a new, spacious home for former circus elephants. The White Oak Conservation Center north of Jacksonville is expected to...
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Charlotte County school district has success keeping COVID-19 out of schools

Charlotte County Public Schools has had success keeping the coronavirus out of schools. Amy Gonzales, a Vineland Elementary School parent, had a change of heart...
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FGCU students weigh in on governor’s college ‘bill of rights’ proposal

Students in Southwest Florida and beyond are fighting college presidents and others for their right to party during a pandemic. Over the past two days,...
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Cutting your bills in half: Negotiating can save you hundreds

Cutting your bills in half is a great way to make ends meet, and a service that will negotiate your bills for you could...
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Healthcare Network COVID-19 response team serves Immokalee community

When the coronavirus first affected the community in Immokalee, farm workers suffered. "The COVID test result rates, positivity rates, were quite high,” said Julie Pedretti,...
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SWFL teacher unions work with school districts to meet state’s teacher pay standard

School districts are left scrambling to find a way to increase teacher salaries. The state soon requires the minimum teacher salary to be $47,500. We...

Human cases of West Nile virus reported in Collier County

The Florida Department of Health in Collier County on Friday issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Collier County, saying that human cases of West Nile...
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Donors heed urgent call for blood after SR-82 crash; donations still needed

A crash on SR-82 in Collier County early Friday sent 13 people to the hospital and created an urgent need for blood. Lee Health's supply...
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SWFL businesses eager to fully reopen as Gov. DeSantis paves the way for Phase...

It's the news restaurants and bars have been waiting for months to hear. Governor Ron DeSantis cleared the way for them to fully reopen...

ECS on lockdown due to deputy activity in the area

Evangelical Christian School in south Fort Myers is on lockdown due to deputy activity in the area. Lee County deputies are searching for a person...
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Nearly 2 dozen turtles hit by cars, brought to hospital in past 2 weeks

It may be tough to tell, but the turtle pictured below is in pain. "Turtles feel pain just as every other animal does. They are...

Radiology center pays more than $500K to resolve health care fraud allegations

Advanced Imaging of Port Charlotte, LLC, a radiology center headquartered in Port Charlotte, has agreed to pay $501,000 to resolve allegations that it violated...
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Next Generation of Prosthetics: The artificial hand that feels

There are nearly two million people in the United States who are living with a loss of a limb. The causes vary, from vascular...

Ginsburg spent her final weeks living as if there’d be many more

In the weeks right before her death, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was still conferring on cases, penning notes to friends and continuing to schedule...
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Tech Life: Tips for extending the lifespan of your digital devices

The average American will spend over $75,000 on smartphones and data plans in their lifetime. With the pandemic keeping everyone’s money tight, buying a new...

FDA issues Benadryl warning as it investigates reports of teen injuries and deaths linked...

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Thursday over "serious problems with high doses" of the common over-the-counter allergy medication Benadryl. Too much...
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89-year-old pizza delivery driver gets $12,000 tip

The tables quickly turned for an 89-year-old pizza delivery driver who received a surprise delivery of his own from "regulars" on his route --...

East Naples man arrested, charged in Great Clips burglary

An East Naples man is facing charges in connection with a burglary at a Great Clips in early September. Jiannii L. Marrero, 35, is charged...

Will COVID-19 kill the holiday shopping season?

Millions of Americans are jobless, dozens of retailers have gone bust and COVID-19 continues to shadow in-store shopping. Time to cancel the holidays? Not quite. Sales this...
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Some workers feel underappreciated during pandemic

Employees in all kinds of different fields have gone above and beyond during the pandemic, but many say they're not getting the thanks they...

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