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Florida's toxic algae bloom is worst in recent memory

Red tides have broken out in Florida for centuries. But scientists believe they may be getting worse after generations of unchecked development, water mismanagement and the new scourge of climate change.

Property crisis looms for coastal communities as sea levels rise

Sea level rise in the lower 48 states, primarily driven by climate change, is projected to worsen tidal flooding, putting as many as 311,000 coastal homes at risk of chronic flooding within the next 30 years.

Oh no, here we go again: Atlantic hurricane season

Marathon - Listen closely and you'll hear the groan of collective dread in Florida and the Caribbean: yes, it's already hurricane season again.

'You're all going to die': Parkland shooter's phone videos released

Washington - Nikolas Cruz, the now infamous shooter behind February's Parkland school massacre, filmed his disturbing plans to attack his former school in footage released by Florida prosecutors Wednesday. "It's going to be a big event.

Florida police shoot gunman at Trump-owned golf resort

Washington - Florida police shot and wounded a gunman who had opened fire in the lobby of a Trump Organization-owned golf resort near Miami and yelled rhetoric against US President Donald Trump, authorities said Friday.

Florida school shooting survivor rejects 'hero' label

Miami - A survivor of the Florida school shooting nicknamed "Iron Man" for his efforts to save classmates said he did not want to be labeled a "hero," as his family announced a lawsuit against authorities.

Florida passes bill to restrict guns, arm some teachers

Miami - The US state of Florida, scene of America's latest school shooting, on Wednesday passed bill that raises the minimum age to buy firearms to 21 while funding a program that allows some teachers and school employees to be armed.

'No idea we had a monster under our roof' say couple who took in Florida gunman

Washington - The couple who took in Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz after his mother's death have described him as quirky but pleasant and seemingly on the right track, saying they had no idea they had a "monster living under our roof.

Florida shooter a troubled loner with white supremacist ties

Pompano Beach - Nikolas Cruz was expelled from school, threatened fellow students and posted "very disturbing" messages on social media, along with pictures of his favorite guns.

Trump administration exempts Florida from offshore drilling

Washington - Under pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday that he won’t allow offshore drilling in waters near Florida through 2024.

Jesse Palmer talks football career, future plans, Good Sports Special

Former Florida quarterback and ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer chatted with Digital Journal about his partnership with Good Sports, and its launch of Equip-A-Kid.

Big changes for Florida with mass Puerto Rican immigration

Orlando - Cristina Sanchez is one of thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing their hurricane-ravaged island for Florida, a mass migration set to shape the southern US state as much as migrants from communist Cuba in the late 20th century.

Florida aims to become regional alternative jet fuels hub

Florida wants to establish a biofuel supply chain based around Brassica carinata, a non-edible plant that has already been used to produce 100 percent bio-derived jet fuel.

Florida Keys devastated by Irma, says governor

Miami - Florida Governor Rick Scott on Monday warned the path to recovery from Irma would be long and hard, particularly for the worst-hit Keys island chain that bore the brunt of the storm's destructive force.

For Florida's low-lying Naples, surging seas pose deadly threat

Naples - Even more than the fierce winds whipping tall palm trees and threatening to rip roofs from houses, the beach resort of Naples in southwestern Florida was bracing Sunday for what could be a deadly rise in sea levels.

Irma will put $3 billion worth of power grid updates to the test

Tampa - With more than 48,000 homes and businesses in the area around Miami and Fort Lauderdale already having lost power, according to Florida Power & Light, the big question remains - Will FPL's $3 billion upgraded power grid be able to withstand Irma's wrath?

5.6 mn Floridians ordered to evacuate as Irma closes in: emergency officials

Miami - Florida has ordered 5.6 million people to evacuate as massive Hurricane Irma menaces the southeastern US state, according to its Division of Emergency Management.

All Florida residents 'should be prepared to evacuate': governor

Miami - Florida Governor Rick Scott warned Friday that all of the state's 20 million inhabitants should be prepared to evacuate as Hurricane Irma bears down for a direct hit on the southern US state."The storm is powerful and deadly," Scott said.

Florida's nuclear plants to shut down ahead of Irma

Tampa - Florida Power & Light (FLP) announced on Thursday it will shut its two nuclear power plants before Irma comes ashore as a very powerful hurricane.

Fuel shortages, bottlenecks hamper Florida mass exodus

Sarasota - With Hurricane Irma aiming squarely at south Florida, officials ordered hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate Thursday, amid worries that fuel shortages and traffic bottlenecks could thwart the mass exodus.

Irma to pass just North of Puerto Rico on its way to Florida

Hurricane Irma smashed small northern Caribbean islands Wednesday morning as one of the strongest storms recorded in the Atlantic, as its path moves it closer to the British Virgin Islands and northern Puerto Rico later today.

South Miami is first city in state to mandate solar panels

Miami - South Miami, Florida has become the first city in the state to require new homes to include rooftop solar installations, thanks to a teenage girl who helped to write the measure.

Dangerous rat lungworm now found in five Florida counties

Scientists in Florida have found evidence that a parasitic roundworm known as rat lungworm has spread to five counties, raising fears the potentially dangerous parasite may be expanding its geographical range due to climate change.

With summer approaching, U.S. prepares for Zika virus assault

As we look forward to the coming of summer, many of us have forgotten the dangers that can accompany the hot weather - Like mosquitoes and the Zika virus. Health officials are already preparing for an onslaught of zika cases in our southern states.

Wildfires raging across Florida force evacuation of thousands

Naples - Over 115 wildfires raged across Florida on Saturday, reports the Florida Forest Service. Over 30,000 acres have been burned and 7,000 homes have been evacuated.

Drought intensifies in parts of Florida, creating water shortage

Orlando - As the drought in central and parts of southern Florida intensifies, water is becoming scarce. On Thursday, South Florida water managers issued a water shortage warning, affecting close to 10 million residents.

'Florida Burning' Governor Scott declares state of emergency

Jacksonville - Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as over 100 wildfires blazed across the state. Since February, over 68,000 acres have been burned.

Florida official calls for lynching of black state attorney

A Florida county court official has been suspended with pay after making a death threat against a state attorney who recently announced she will not seek the death penalty in any murder case, including cases in which police officers are killed.

Expert travel advice for entering Zika areas

Parts of the southern U.S. (as well as Central and South America) have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. With Zika there are a mix of myths and facts to be taken account of. To help readers decipher these, we’ve heard from a top medical professional.

Hazardous waste sites in Florida may be linked to cancer

Tallahassee - There are several environmental factors associated with an elevated risk of cancer. One area that is receiving attention is the disposal of hazardous waste (such as waste from industrial sites). New results from Florida suggest a concerning connection.
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