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Rick Scott: Florida is ready to help Puerto Rico

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Gov. Rick Scott has “reaffirmed Florida’s commitment to supporting Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria,” according to a Tuesday news release. Scott “has notified the Florida National Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) to be on standby for deployment following an official request for assistance from Puerto Rico, and the Florida National Guard is already actively assisting Puerto Rico with organizing and submitting relief requests,” it said.

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Focus turns to recovery after Irma’s exit

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More than 5.5 million homes and businesses in Florida remained without power at midday Tuesday after Hurricane Irma plowed through the state. The top to return to homes was underway in most areas outside the storm-ravaged lower Florida Keys.

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Irma recovery could require 11M meals, 24,000 tarps and more

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With the arrival of what is potentially one of the most devastating storms to ever hit Florida, officials have set aside 3.2 million liters (0.85 million gallons) of water, filled 67 trailers with meals, and amassed 24,000 tarps. They also have asked the federal government to kick in 11 million meals and millions more liters (gallons) of water, plus nearly 700 cases of baby supplies.

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Obscure neo-Nazi group friendship leads to Tampa killings

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The friendship of the four young roommates – though cemented in the dark trappings of an obscure neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division – never seemed destined for bloodshed. One was described as a former science nerd, serving in the Florida National Guard. Two others worked temp jobs at a recycling plant and talked about joining the military. The fourth caught flak from his roommates for wasting his days with video games.

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Rick Scott, Cabinet reject Confederates for veterans hall of fame

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Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet rejected nominations of three Confederate soldiers for the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Tuesday after being told they weren’t eligible because they didn’t serve in the U.S. military. Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans argued they should be included because they honorably served the state and became prominent citizens after the Civil War. But the state NAACP opposed their nomination. Tallahassee NAACP President Dale Landry said the men symbolized a time of…

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Charlie Justice’s bill designed to help National Guard, families

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Legislation that could provide need-based financial assistance to area Florida National Guard members and their families has passed the Florida Senate and is awaiting a full vote in the House. Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, sponsored Senate Bill 644, which authorizes a direct support organization to administer a newly created Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Program for eligible National Guard members and their families. In a release, Justice said the initiative was designed to help National Guard members get need-based assistance…

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Charlie Justice’s bill designed to help National Guard, families

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Legislation that could provide need-based financial assistance to area Florida National Guard members and their families has passed the Florida Senate and is awaiting a full vote in the House. Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, sponsored Senate Bill 644, which authorizes a direct support organization to administer a newly created Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Program for eligible National Guard members and their families. In a release, Justice said the initiative was designed to help National Guard members get need-based assistance…

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