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Hillary Clinton to make two stops in South Florida Friday

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Hillary Clinton will make campaign appearances Friday in St. Lucie and Broward Counties, the Clinton campaign announced Sunday. Specific details on where and when the events will be held have not yet been announced. While the Democratic nominee campaign in South Florida Friday, her other half, former President Bill Clinton, will be all over North Florida, making appearances. Both Clintons will be in the Sunshine State through the end of the work week. The campaign announced earlier that Bill Clinton would visit Panama…

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Florida population to reach nearly 21 million by end of 2016, report says

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Florida’s population will hit 20.7 million by the end of the year, according to a report released Wednesday by commercial real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield. The Sunshine State has grown by more than 2 percent over the past 12 months, with more than 1,000 people moving to Florida each day. Many new residents are coming in from Puerto Rico, where tough economic conditions have forced families to seek opportunities elsewhere. Fort Myers has the highest growth rate among…

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Florida union members, unsurprisingly, down on Donald Trump

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A press call set up by the Florida AFL-CIO before Donald Trump‘s Wednesday campaign rally in Jacksonville allowed two union member veterans to rip on the GOP presidential nominee. “I am so puzzled by the insults coming from presidential candidate Donald Trump,” said Matty Rose, an Army vet and 50-year member of the National Association of Letter Carriers in New Smyrna Beach. He served in both South Korea and Vietnam and said he still suffers health effects from Agent Orange, a toxic stew of chemicals…

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Uber offering free frozen treats for #UberIceCream Friday

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National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, but ride-hailing service Uber announced it would celebrate the holiday a couple of days early in Florida with #UberIceCream. The company said between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, users can open their app, set their location and request “ICE CREAM” at the bottom. A few minutes later, users can expect a pair of Magnum ice cream bars to be delivered free of charge. “Ice cream is the frozen treat that everyone loves —…

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Proposed changes to nation’s school lunch program could impact thousands of Florida children

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It’s a little-noticed move on Capitol Hill, but one that could negatively impact thousands of Florida children in districts around the state. House lawmakers are proposing legislation that would roll back school lunch laws passed in 2010. These laws guarantee free lunches and after-school meals for children in high-poverty areas. A proposal the House will consider (officially called the Education & Workforce Committee Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill) would change the criteria for what’s known as “community eligibility” — which means…

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Darryl Paulson: Florida’s congressional elections: The changing of the guard

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In a typical election cycle, about 90 percent of House members and 70 percent of U.S. senators win re-election. As has often been noted, Americans hate Congress, but love their own representative. In the 2016 congressional election in Florida, close to half of the delegation will be replaced. As David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report notes, “Florida is primed to have the most turnover in the country.” Why will Florida experience such unprecedented turnover? The answer: retirements, reapportionment and…

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New Hispanic public affairs show debuts in Florida

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A new Spanish-language public affairs show directed at Hispanics in Florida debuts Sunday. WLTV-23, the Univision affiliate in Miami, announced Friday that “Al Punto Florida” will be hosted by Univision 23 anchor Ambrosio Hernandez and Mariana Atencio, of Miami-based cable network FUSION. The one-hour show will be broadcast, beginning at 11 a.m., on five Univision affiliates: Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Miami. Hernandez says the show will analyze issues through interviews and journalistic reports on newsworthy topics in Florida…

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