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Biscayne Bay Summit Seeks 10-Year Plan For Preservation

Biscayne Bay is in trouble. Biologists say about 21 square miles of its seagrass have died off in the past decade.

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Governor Rick Scott signed a measure into law Tuesday, named for a Cape Coral teen who was killed when a driver did not yield to a stopped school bus. 

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Winnie the loggerhead sea turtle was released back into the ocean Tuesday morning after spending two months being nursed back to health on Key Biscayne. She was found injured near the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in April, lethargic and thin, with a small wound on her shell from striking a boat.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos went to a small town south of Bogotá Tuesday to mark a major milestone in the country’s peace process – but now the hard part begins in Colombia.

In the central Colombian town of Mesetas, Santos joined leaders of the Marxist guerrilla army known as the FARC. Along with representatives from the U.N., they declared the historic completion of the FARC’s disarmament — including the delivery of more than 7,000 weapons now padlocked away.

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Facing a perilous path for their health care bill, Senate Republican leaders have decided to push off a vote on their health care bill until after Congress returns from next week's July Fourth recess, GOP aides confirm to NPR's Susan Davis. The delay comes on a day in which President Trump was working to twist some arms and when several GOP senators were saying they were against bringing the bill to the floor this week.

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When it comes to water, South Florida has a lot in common with the Netherlands. Both regions are close to sea level and rely on canals, seawalls and pumps to prevent flooding. And both face an increasing threat from sea-level rise.

So it makes sense that Dutch officials and South Florida leaders exchange a lot of advice on resiliency.

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Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. The long-awaited plan marks a big step toward achieving one of the Republican Party's major goals.

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The deadline is approaching for Florida’s governor to sign off on a bill aimed at tracking the use of addictive prescription drugs. Some medical professionals see the measure as key to fighting the opioid epidemic.

Orlando International Airport Bans Medical Marijuana

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Despite legislation legalizing medical marijuana, the Orlando International Airport is banning medical marijuana. It’s the only major airport in the state to do so.

Travelers and airport employees will soon see signs warning passengers that bringing medical marijuana into the airport could lead to confiscation.

The airport says it’s because the airport receives grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and it follows federal laws which makes marijuana possession illegal.

Scott Seeks To Scuttle Challenge To Citrus Money Veto

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Attorneys for Gov. Rick Scott argued Monday the Florida Supreme Court should reject a lawsuit challenging the governor’s veto of $37.4 million that would compensate homeowners for healthy citrus trees cut down by the state.

Medicaid is the government health care program for the poor.

That's the shorthand explanation. But Medicaid is so much more than that — which is why it has become the focal point of the battle in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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(6-27-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at bicycles as a key to the future of South Florida urban transformation. Over the last decade bike commuting grew 47-percent in the U.S. . . and 73-percent in our largest cities. Another plus for bikes: 48-percent of adolescents who bike are less obese than peers. We’ve assembled a panel to discuss bikes and South Florida . . . and of course, to take your calls.

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