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4 mysterious Zika infections likely from mosquitoes in Miami, says Rick Scott

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Gov. Rick Scott  says the state has concluded that four mysterious Zika infections likely came from mosquitoes in the Miami area. Scott said Friday that no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for Zika. But he says one woman and three men in Miami-Dade and Broward counties likely contracted the virus through mosquito bites. More than 1,650 Zika infections have been reported in the U.S., but the four patients in Florida would be the first not linked to travel…

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Men and women of cloth and rainbow unite in Orlando

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Orlando-area clergy, politicians, and leaders of the LGBT community came together Wednesday afternoon at the Orange County Administration Building to preach scripture, love and unity as the city prepares for its 49 Pulse funerals. In what some called a nationally unprecedented showing, dozens of Central Florida clergy representing faiths including the Roman Catholic Church, mainline protestant churches, evangelical churches, Hispanic evangelical churches, African American churches, synagogues and mosques all heeded Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs‘ call to pledge support for…

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Tony Awards to tribute Orlando victims; Buddy Dyer, Teresa Jacobs send video thanks

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The Tony Awards intend to pay tribute to the victims of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre Sunday night and Orlando leaders are sending their thanks. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts President Kathy Ramsberger offered video thanks late Sunday afternoon in the middle of the crisis management. “Thank you, Broadway, for standing with us in our time of need,” Dyer says. “Your thoughts, your prayers and your outpouring of love have been felt,…

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Rick Scott: ‘We are a strong and resilient state’

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Gov. Rick Scott said the state will “devote every resource available” to assist law enforcement officials in the aftermath the Orlando shooting. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and all those affected by this horrific tragedy,” said Scott in a statement Sunday morning “We are a strong and resilient state, and we will devote every resource available to assist with the shooting in Orlando.” According to the Associated Press, a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a…

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Marco Rubio says federal government needs to provide more treatment funds for uninsured heroin addicts

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Sitting with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Florida’s Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio pledged Monday to do whatever he can to help combat the growing heroin crisis, saying that federal funds for treatment of uninsured addicts are critical. Jacobs has made Orange County’s heroin crisis a top priority for her efforts, and recently oversaw a task force looking for answers to a dramatic increase in heroin usage and deaths in Central Florida. And Rubio arrived Monday to assure her that…

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