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Rick Scott: ‘Our No. 1 priority is protecting life’

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State offices in more than two dozen counties will be closed beginning Thursday, and counties up and down the east coast are encouraging residents to evacuate ahead Hurricane Matthew. The state Department of Management Services closed state offices in 26 counties on Thursday and Friday. The announcement came as Hurricane Matthew barrels over the Bahamas and takes aim at Florida. “We haven’t had a storm like this in a long time,” said Gov. Rick Scott during a storm briefing in…

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State parks closing as severe weather approaches

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According to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service, the following state park campgrounds have been closed Wednesday in preparation for the storm: — Fanning Springs State Park, Fanning Springs (Levy County) — Lafayette Blue Spring State Park, Mayo (Suwannee County) — Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland (Dixie County) — Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy (Wakulla County) — Torreya State Park, Bristol (Liberty County) — St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach (Bay County) — T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula…

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