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Time running out for people looking to flee Irma

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Roads became clogged and fuel supplies strained as more than 1 million people were told to find shelter inland, upstate or in neighboring states in advance of massive Hurricane Irma, which will blanket most of Florida this weekend.

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More than just the presidency: 10 down ballot races to watch on Election Day

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Presidential races get all the attention, but it’s the folks down ballot that make the real decisions. In the Sunshine State, there’s no shortage of high intensity — and sometimes high drama — battles for office. And we aren’t talking about the races for state House and Senate. There have been allegations of election fraud in a mayor’s race, dirty tricks in a superintendent battle, and fights over genetically modified mosquitoes. Here are 10 down ballot races and referendums we think you…

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As Florida Keys flood, property worries seep in

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Extreme high tides have turned streets into canal-like swamps in the Florida Keys, with armies of mosquitoes and the stench of stagnating water filling the air, and residents worried rising sea levels will put a damper on property values in the island chain. On Key Largo, a tropical isle famous for snorkeling and fishing, the floods began in late September. While people expected high tides due to the season and the influence of a super moon, they were taken by…

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Holly Raschein draws Democrat in HD 120, but not much challenge

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Rep. Holly Raschein drew a Democratic opponent in her re-election campaign for House District 120, though the Key Largo Republican shouldn’t have too much trouble vaulting the competition to secure her third term. Retired schoolteacher Artie Leichner filed for the seat in mid-November, and brought in a single $100 check during his first two weeks in the race. Raschein, who has held the seat since 2012, has about $97,000 in on-hand cash, including $6,800 in November contributions. A large fundraising…

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Southeast Florida regional climate group amends sea level rise projections

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A working group of engineers, researchers, and municipal officials from four South Florida counties has amended their short- and long-term projections on the severity of rising sea levels Thursday, saying they expect six to 10 inches of sea level rise by 2030, and between 28 and 57 inches by 2100. The four-county Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact updated their predictions after a comprehensive review of recent scientific and technical literature, the group said in an announcement. The likely effects…

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Florida’s unemployment rate drops slightly in June

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Florida’s unemployment is dropping slightly. The June unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, compared to 5.7 percent the month before. The state added 7,000 jobs last month, according to figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity. The state’s jobless rate remains higher than the national rate of 5.3 percent. There are approximately 529,000 unemployed Floridians, out of a labor force of nearly 9.6 million people. June’s rate was a 0.6 percentage point drop from a year ago. Hendry County…

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Email Insights: Florida Chamber appoints Lee Sandler as Miami-Dade/Monroe County Regional Board Chair

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On Friday, the Florida Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment of Lee Sandler, a founding member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, to a one-year term as Miami Dade/Monroe County Regional Board chair. His role in this position: to connect South Florida business leaders with movers and shakers in the Florida Legislature, to drive pro-business policies from Tallahassee. Sandler described the appointment as a chance “to help unite business leaders so that we can continue to keep Florida moving in the right direction.” Meanwhile, Mark Wilson, the president…

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