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Donald Trump’s inauguration set to test nation’s readiness to heal

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One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up — whether it’s to celebrate or commiserate. There are parties and protests to attend, stars to gawk at, receptions to be worked, deals to be done, drinks to be consumed. Less than two months out from Inauguration Day, there’s a different dynamic surrounding the planning for Donald Trump‘s swearing-in than the unbridled enthusiasm that swirled around the installation…

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Rick Scott tours Southwest Florida community hit by tornado

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Gov. Rick Scott spent a portion of Sunday afternoon in Cape Coral, one day after a tornado swept through the community. “Thank God we live in a place where we have great first responders and great law enforcement,” Scott said during a news conference at the Cape Coral Fire Department. “They all take care of us.” Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa, said an EF2 tornado swept through Cape Coral on Saturday. Garcia said winds…

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PSTA helps evacuate flooded areas

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is throwing its weight behind emergency management efforts in Pinellas County as areas continue to struggle with flooding. Monday morning two PSTA buses were deployed to Caladesi RV Park in Palm Harbor. Residents there were taken to Clearwater Community Church. Another bus was dispatched to an assisted living facility in Palm Harbor. The agency estimates that between 10 and 12 patients were transported from the facility to the East Lake Fire Department. Some areas throughout…

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Hurricane season advice: Consider creating an out-of-state emergency contact

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Earlier this week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced its prediction for the 2015 hurricane season, which begins on Monday. The agency predicts the season will be “below normal.” “A below-normal season doesn’t mean we’re off the hook. As we’ve seen before, below-normal seasons can still produce catastrophic impacts to communities,” said NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., referring to the 1992 season in which only seven named storms formed, yet the first was Andrew — a Category 5 Major…

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