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'Repealing Obamacare Is Not The Answer,' Says Obama At Miami Dade College

Obamacare’s namesake came to Miami-Dade County Thursday afternoon to talk about the Affordable Care Act, just a few weeks before the program’s fourth open enrollment period starts. President Barack Obama, before heading to a Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Miami Gardens, spoke to a large crowd of mostly students at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened its Zika guidance Wednesday, recommending that pregnant women consider postponing travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County and reiterating a recommendation that pregnant county residents take steps to prevent the virus's spread.

The updated guidance reflects concerns that the virus may be spreading in areas throughout the county, not just in the two "Zika zones" on Miami Beach and near Little River.

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Over 500 Florida Atlantic University students gathered at the university’s football stadium on Wednesday to watch the third Presidential Debate on the jumbo screen. 

Prior to the event,  organized by FAU’s Division of Student Affairs, freshman Physics major James Brady said that his expectations for the debate were low. “To be honest, I don’t expect anything really — nothing outside of insults for each other that have already been spouted in the other two debates,” he said.

The final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was overall more cordial and more policy-focused than their nasty second debate faceoff. But the stunning moment that will stand out is the GOP nominee's statement that he won't necessarily accept the results of the election on Nov. 8.

"I will tell you at the time," Trump said in a shocking statement that signals a break from the traditional transfer of power. "I will keep you in suspense."

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The plays of Tennessee Williams are usually set in the steamy, hot American South. Laurie Sansom is a theater director from chilly, gray Britain. But he’s come to love the works of one of America’s greatest playwrights. And because Key West is where Tennessee Williams lived for decades, that’s where Sansom came to work on a new project.

Village of Palmetto Bay

The village of Palmetto Bay unanimously passed a resolution this week asking Miami-Dade County to reinstall two stop signs that were removed from the intersection of Southwest 148th Drive and Southwest 82nd Avenue.


Residents in the area near Coral Reef Elementary School say they feel the intersection has become dangerous to pedestrians since the signs were removed. County leaders say based on traffic flows, the intersection doesn't need a four-way stop.


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The Florida waters gained one more healthy manatee Wednesday afternoon, and his name is Pocket.

Pocket first arrived at the Miami Seaquarium in May  2015, and he was named after the multiple deep scars left by boat propellers. Animal care supervisor Jessica Schiffhauer says he’s made tremendous improvement.

"He was about 240 pounds, so he's put on 400 pounds almost since he's been here," Schiffhauer says. "We needed him to gain weight and get healthy."

Now, Pocket is 2-4 years old, eight feet long and weighs around 800 pounds.

As Donald Trump warns about the prospect of a "rigged" presidential election, he's getting some help from a conservative activist group.

Project Veritas, which has carried out several damaging video sting operations, has posted several videos in recent days purporting to show Democratic operatives bragging about inciting violence at Trump's campaign events, and appearing to detail how they could bus out-of-state supporters in to commit voter fraud.

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“Does the property flood during the king tides?”

Fort Lauderdale Realtor Julie Jones says that is one of the first things her buyers ask these days. 

“The days of just smiling sweetly and saying, ‘Oh no, it’s not a problem,’ are clearly gone,” she said.

Jones gathered with other business people, scientists and local officials Monday in a Fort Lauderdale conference room …  with the water rising outside the building. They had a message to South Florida and Washington: We need to do something.

This year's presidential election will be the first in a half-century without the significant presence of federal observers at polling places. That's because in 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, and when the court wiped out that section, the statute that provided for election observers went, too.

apennyatwork.com / Broward County and cities

This Election Day, Broward County voters are being asked to consider two half-cent sales tax increases. The proceeds would be split between the county and its cities, funding county transportation improvements and city infrastructure. But it's not just a question of, "Do we want higher taxes?" Voters have to decide whether they trust officials to carry out plans for the extra money.


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(10-19-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is about Bonnie's favorite full-time pastime: Cats. If you love kitties as much as she does, don’t miss the nation’s most insightful feline observer, Pam Johnson-Bennet. Her latest book about them is CATWISE: America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions. You’ll learn her original “think like a cat” approach .
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