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Floridians file nearly 17,000 flood insurance claims

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Nearly 17,000 flood insurance claims connected with Hurricane Irma have been filed, and more are expected in the coming weeks.

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Lawmakers take aim at opioid crisis

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Senate Appropriations Chair Jack Latvala held a roundtable discussion Tuesday in Palm Beach County with lawmakers, local leaders and public-safety officials to address Florida’s opioid crisis.

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State college enrollment sees uptick

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Florida state colleges this year are expected to have their first modest rise in enrollment since 2010. A new state forecast projects a 1 percent growth rate in enrollment in the 28 colleges during the 2017-18 academic year, representing the equivalent of 324,109 full-time students. Each “full-time equivalent” actually represents about 2.5 students, reflecting the fact that 65 percent of the students in the system attend part-time.

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Small sinkhole opens outside Donald Trump’s Florida getaway club

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A small sinkhole has opened on the road just outside President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The Palm Beach Post reports that the 4-foot-by-4-foot hole was discovered Monday in Palm Beach County just west of one the resort’s entrances. It is near a new water main and isn’t a threat to the president’s property in Palm Beach. The president has spent seven weekends at Mar-a-Lago since taking office, but it is now closed for the summer. Trump is on a…

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County considers special tax for Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visits

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Commissioners in a Florida county are so tired of spending money on President Donald Trump‘s frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort that some are suggesting a special tax be levied against the property if the federal government doesn’t reimburse its costs. Palm Beach County spends more than $60,000 a day when the president visits, mostly for law enforcement overtime — almost $2 million since January. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says the county was expected to spend $250,000 during Trump’s recent meeting…

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‘We Dine Together’ is rare good news from Boca Raton

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Boca Raton, the plastic surgery capital of the world and a nice place to be from, is doing something right with its kids. Located in south Palm Beach County, just minutes away from Ground Zero in Florida’s opioid crisis, Boca Raton is America’s City Most Likely to Be Mispronounced by Late Night Comedians and Out of Town Reporters.  One of them, CBS News’ Steve Hartman, visited Boca Raton High School and introduced the nation to some millennials who just might…

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Battle over trauma centers continues with new lawsuit

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Another high-profile court fight over new trauma centers opening in Florida has begun in Tallahassee, even as lawmakers prepare to tinker with state law governing such facilities.  As a pre-emptive strike, Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach and St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach last week sued the Florida Department of Health in Leon County Circuit Civil court. They both operate Level 1 trauma centers—the higher level of trauma care. At issue is an application from JFK Medical Center…

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