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Gov. Scott cancels Cabinet meeting to monitor Matthew

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The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday warned boaters to start preparing for Hurricane Matthew, and Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to visit the state’s emergency operations centers along Florida’s east coast. Scott canceled Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting to make the trip. He wants to make sure counties are prepared if the storm moves toward Florida, spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said. Scott signed an executive order on Monday declaring a state of emergency for every Florida county. Matthew was a Category 4 storm…

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In the wake of the tragedy in Haiti, has Kendrick Meek finally found his senatorial voice?

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U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, whose Miami district includes the nation’s largest Haitian community, left on a sudden and dramatic trip to Haiti Sunday to participate in aid efforts and gather information. Accompanying Miami aid workers in Port-au-Prince, Meek ended up capturing the rescue of a 2-year-old girl from the rubble of her home on cell phone video. The video has had broad airplay on national news shows. The trip, Meek’s staff said, was a purely humanitarian effort, motivated by fact-finding…

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