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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.

Sister Hazel to run 100 miles for Cancer Foundation of Florida

Alternative band Sister Hazel will be running 100 miles on May 20, in an effort to raise money for the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys.

Decision taken not to release GM mosquitoes in Florida

Tampa - The controversial proposal to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida has been dropped due to concerns about the environmental impact.

Let it rain traditional country with Hoyt Hughes Special

In early October, this emerging country singer, songwriter and guitarist released "Let It Rain," the lead-off single from his 16-track debut album, 'Cowboy'. Digital Journal spoke to him.

Madonna to present 'Raising Malawi' event in Miami Beach, Florida

Pop music's reigning queen, Madonna, is going to be presenting an evening of music, art and mischief, in order to help her non-profit organization Raising Malawi.

Normally conservative Cuban Americans divided over Trump

Miami - For decades, older Cubans have loved to talk politics as they played dominoes and slapped tiles down on the board. And they were almost uniformly Republican.But in this election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, they are torn.

Florida shelters quickly reach capacity, turning some away

Jacksonville - Shelters along the eastern coast of Florida were jammed amid a frantic race to protect people and pets from the "potentially catastrophic" effects of Hurricane Matthew as the deadly storm barrels in from the Caribbean.

Florida Governor on Hurricane — 'This storm will kill you'

Florida Governor Rick Scott made an impassioned plea to residents of the state to evacuate immediately, saying,"This storm will kill you." Hurricane Matthew is a very powerful Category 4 storm.

Florida preparing for 'a direct hit' from Hurricane Matthew

While aid teams in Haiti struggle to reach victims of Hurricane Matthew's fury, Florida Governor Rick Scott has been repeatedly warning Floridians to "prepare for a direct hit" from the monster storm.

Clinton seeks to cement lead in pivotal Florida

Fort Pierce - Hillary Clinton embarked on a two-stop Florida swing Friday, looking to strengthen a fresh lead in the pivotal swing state and capitalize on a spasm of setbacks for her presidential opponent Donald Trump.

Florida sinkhole still draining contaminated waste into aquifer

Mulberry - Neighbors of the Mosaic Company, a producer of phosphate and potash for fertilizer in Mulberry, Florida, are still waiting for test results on how much contamination is in their drinking water, and answers are not forthcoming.

First Miami zone of local Zika spread now 'clear': officials

Miami - Health authorities Monday lifted a travel warning for the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood -- site of the United States' first local Zika outbreak -- after the governor declared no evidence of active transmission of the virus there in the last 45 days.
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