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Anheuser-Busch says ‘This water’s for you’

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Anheuser-Busch announced Friday it would deliver more than 450,000 cans of drinking water to communities around Florida dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. “We are humbled to be able to help out our neighbors in urgent times like this,” said Craig Tomeo, senior general manager of Anheuser-Busch’s Jacksonville Brewery. “Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help right now.” The company said Deerfield Beach, West Palm…

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Hundreds of thousands flee Florida coast to escape Matthew’s fury

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Hundreds of thousands of anxious people boarded up their homes and businesses and grabbed a few belongings to flee inland as Hurricane Matthew gained strength and roared toward the Southeast seaboard on Thursday. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said the state, its skies already darkening from early outer rain bands of the life-threatening storm, could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” as Matthew menaces almost all the state’s Atlantic coast. As people hurried for higher ground, authorities in South Carolina…

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Jac VerSteeg: Rick Scott puts Band-Aid on environmental wounds

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A politician is a guy who shoots you in the gut and then campaigns by bragging about the Band-Aid he put on the wound. The latest example: Just days after The Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy documented how Gov. Rick Scott‘s environmental policies had led to an explosion of huge developments in Palm Beach County and across the state, Scott showed up in the county to tout his environmental achievements. Scott came to Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education…

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Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton to spend primary night in South Florida

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Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton are heading to South Florida. Both campaigns announced Monday that the candidates plan to spend Tuesday night in South Florida for election night rallies. Rubio, a Miami resident, is scheduled to hold a primary night celebration at the Florida International University Arena, 11200 SW 8th Street in Miami. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event is expected to begin around 7 p.m. Rubio has spent the past week campaigning throughout the Sunshine State. It…

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Today on Context Florida: Corruption, Sarah Palin endorsement, fracking and understanding Trump

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Today on Context Florida: Jac VerSteeg worked for decades in Palm Beach County – “Corruption County,” we called it in the heyday of watching elected officials troop off to prison. So you’d think he would have a handle on what “corruption” is. Yet, because of current events, VerSteeg doesn’t quite understand. Those events include Florida’s abrupt decision to scrap standards for pediatric cardiac care units and the U.S. Supreme Court’s surprising decision to hear former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s appeal of…

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Today on Context Florida: Open government in West Palm, early education and ending the filibuster

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Today on Context Florida: Open government sustained a serious setback this month, writes Jac Wilder VerSteeg. For this, he says you can “thank” the city of West Palm Beach, along with West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and spokesperson Elliot Cohen. The city – in response to public records requests – posted information online that revealed the names of several undercover officers, police informants and people who are the subjects of continuing criminal investigations. The posts contained information about local and…

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Rick Scott celebrates back-to-school sales tax holiday

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From the office of Gov. Rick Scott: WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Today, Gov. Rick Scott joined the Office Depot Foundation to hand out backpacks and school supplies to students and parents for the 15th annual “National Backpack Program” event in West Palm Beach. Gov. Scott also highlighted this year’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday starting Friday, August 7, until Sunday, August 16. Gov. Rick Scott said, “A great education is the best way to prepare for a great job and that…

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