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Florida, Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

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Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Thursday’s settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean Water Act penalties after well over 125 million gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf. BP has said its spill-related costs already exceed $42 billion – even without the Clean Water Act…

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Gulf anglers at odds over new rules for prized fish

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Fishing boats stream out of the pass leading from Destin Harbor into the Gulf of Mexico most any spring day, and the flow becomes a flood once the season opens for red snapper, the region’s most popular prize. New rules for catching the tasty fish are giving hope to commercial charter boat captains from Florida to Texas that the 2015 season will be one of their best in years, yet those same regulations have recreational anglers crying foul about what…

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Kendrick Meek tells Watermark his stance on LGBT issues

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With another election year upon us, television campaigns and newspaper ads for politicians running for various positions have flooded our daily lives. While Florida faces many issues important to all residents, Watermark wants to focus on specific LGBT issues. Congressman Kendrick Meek, Democratic candidate for the United States Senate took a few minutes to speak with Watermark to discuss some of the tough issues that are important to our readers. Here are his answers to questions pertinent to Florida’s LGBT…

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Dramatic photos from space of oil spill in Gulf

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An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an explosion at an offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010. The rig eventually capsized and sank. These images of the affected area were captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aquasatellite (top, wider view) and the Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite (bottom, close up). In the top image, the Mississippi…

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