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Coronavirus Updates

More than half of Florida adults vaccinated for COVID-19

With COVID-19 vaccine widely available throughout the state, more than half of the state’s adult population has received at least one dost of the COVID-19 vaccine

Walmart and Sam’s Club now administering walk-up COVID-19 Vaccines

On May 4, Walmart and Sam’s Club announced a new COVID-19 vaccine milestone: Immunizations are now available to customers and associates...

Health officials encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

With COVID-19 vaccine now widely available in Florida through pharmacies, hospitals and county health departments, Florida Department of Health is encouraging the public to be vaccinated in order to …
Human Interest
Mustang Makeover Challenge youth trainer, Sevyn Jathnielle, works to strengthen the bond with her mustang.

Local youth work to gentle wild horses

A group of wild horses from the west coast, including California, have been rounded up

Okeechobee's Trail of Hope Rescue has puppies galore

OKEECHOBEE – If you’re in the market for some puppy love, check out the Trail of Hope rescue in Okeechobee.

As Florida enters termite swarm season, UF/IFAS scientists tell consumers what to know

Termites cause $5 billion a year in damage to structures across America
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Community News

Hurricane season starts June 1; Red Cross urges people to get ready now

National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 9 through May 15, and the American Red Cross urges everyone to plan now for any possible dangerous storms this year.

What’s your food safety plan for hurricane season?

During Hurricane Preparedness Week, develop your action plan before a storm hits.

Dog survives nine days lost in the Everglades

A rescued dog who was lost in the Everglades after the van carrying him to his new home flipped on U.S. 27 survived nine days on his own.  
Government
On May 10, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on the taxability of dependent care assistance programs...
On April 22, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced they are disbursing nearly 2 million
The premium tax credit helps pay for health insurance coverage bought from the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Schools

A chance for retraining leads to a career in culinary

He credits his success to chefs and teachers who believed in him, and he carries that forward at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Culinary Training Academy where the summer term begins May 17...

Two local girls graduate Indian River State College this Spring

In an academic year like no other more than 3,200 students will have degrees conferred this spring—marking the ninth consecutive year that the IRSC graduating class has …
Wildlife & Environment

Water reuse important

WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida Water Management District has declared May 16-22 as Water Reuse Week.

FDEP, SFWMD continue to monitor lakes and rivers for algae

As the weather heats up, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) increase water sampling for cyanobacteria

What you need to know about applying for alligator harvest permits

Now is the time to plan for Florida’s upcoming hunting seasons if you’re interested in applying for the FWC's alligator harvest permits
Opinion
With Florida’s 2021 Legislative Session now behind us, there has been a lot of talk surrounding Lake Okeechobee and what is being done...
National Social Security Advisor at the AMAC Foundation Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.
The reason for this letter is to give you some facts that are being conveniently over looked …
Weather
Now that the water has receded and the cleanup is underway, let’s take a closer look at Eta’s track as well as how rare of an event...
NAPLES -- Collier County schools, FGCU, FSW and Keiser University all closed classes for Monday as Tropical Storm Eta moved closer to Florida on Sunday. The Collier County Bureau of Emergency …
Schools closed in Martin County on Monday, Nov. 9
Nation & World

Beset by virus, Gaza's hospitals now struggle with wounded

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Just weeks ago, the Gaza Strip’s feeble health system was struggling with a runaway surge of coronavirus cases. Authorities cleared out hospital operating rooms, …

Radical rabbi's followers rise in Israel amid new violence

JERUSALEM (AP) — In the 1980s, Rabbi Meir Kahane's violent anti-Arab ideology was considered so repugnant that Israel banned him from parliament and the U.S. listed his party as a terrorist …

Chrissy Teigen apologizes to Courtney Stodden for harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — Chrissy Teigen, the wife of superstar John Legend, has apologized for harassing a then-teenage Courtney Stodden online years ago. “Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be …

2 planes collide above Denver and land with no one injured

DENVER (AP) — Two small airplanes collided in the air near Denver, leaving one aircraft nearly ripped in half and forcing the other's pilot to deploy a parachute. Remarkably, both planes landed …
State

MEGA MILLIONS® Jackpot reaches $430 million

The MEGA MILLIONS® jackpot has been rolling since February 19, 2021, resulting in an estimated $430 million jackpot for the Friday, May 14 drawing!

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announces Florida’s ‘Return to Work’ Initiative

According to Employ Florida, there are more than 400,000 available jobs across the state for job seekers. Florida businesses and employers are hiring across the state...

Florida takes step toward the catching of goliath grouper

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A divided board of Florida game regulators took a tentative step Wednesday that might eventually allow fishermen to catch and kill goliath groupers, a fish that was …

PSC reaches out to seniors for Older Americans Month

The theme of 2021 Older Americans Month (OAM) is Communities of Strength, recognizing the important role older adult...