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Andrew West / The News Press via the Miami Herald

Everglades advocates are telling Congress to get moving on a major restoration project needed to help prevent future algae blooms like the ones currently choking inland and coastal waterways in Florida. 

Sam Turken / WLRN

Families of the students killed during the Parkland school shooting say Broward County Public Schools need new leadership, citing the school district's "incompetence" and failed policy response to the massacre in February. 

News Service of Florida

In their second and final debate for the Republican nomination for governor, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis clashed Wednesday over President Donald Trump, Florida’s water crisis and campaign contributions.

Putnam, a two-term Cabinet member and former member of Congress, accused DeSantis, a three-term member of Congress, of running a campaign light on Florida issues.

Russians Have Penetrated Some Florida Voter Registration Systems, Sen. Bill Nelson Says

Aug 9, 2018
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Russian operatives have “penetrated” some of Florida’s voter registration systems ahead of the 2018 midterms, Sen. Bill Nelson said Wednesday, adding new urgency to concerns about hacking.

The state, however, said it has received “zero information” supporting his claim.

“They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about,” Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times before a campaign event in Tampa. He said something similar a day earlier in Tallahassee but declined to elaborate.

Venezolana de Television via AP

COMMENTARY

It’s tempting to call last weekend’s failed drone attack on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro daring.

Unfortunately, the only thing you can ultimately call it is dumb – because assassination attempts are only going to make Maduro dig in, not give in.

When Maduro claimed last Saturday he’d been the target of exploding drones, the world was rightly skeptical. He and his socialist regime are shamelessly notorious for concocting assassination conspiracies to divert attention from their disastrous and dictatorial rule.

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission met Wednesday with Guy Grace, the director of security and emergency planning for Littleton Public Schools, the district that's home to Columbine High School. 

The commission continued their investigation on the events that led up to the February 14 mass shooting, what went wrong and what can be improved. They will meet Thursday as well. 

The Miami Urban Future Initiative

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Duval Street is Key West's main drag, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf end of the street is busy, with lots of bars and restaurants. The Ocean end is public property; it's got a pier, nine parking spots and a Dumpster for the seaweed that collects at the shoreline.

Airman 1st Class Stephany Miller / Courtesy U.S. Air Force

Ah, the inevitable sign that summer break is coming to an end: back-to-school advertisements. As beneficial as they are for a parent's wallet, they may be triggering anxiety in their children as they prepare to return to school. 

"For children, as it pertains to school, it's normal to feel scared about something that is coming new," said  Miami-based psychologist Lina Acosta Sandaal,  founder of Stop Parenting Alone, an organization dedicated to sharing information about child development with parents. 

News Service of Florida

Guy Grace, a school-security official whose Colorado community was rocked by the 1999 murders at Columbine High School, shared school-hardening solutions Wednesday with a commission formed after this year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Broward Sheriff's Office

Trayvon Newsome, the youngest of four indicted in June’s robbery-murder of rapper XXXTentacion, became the fourth suspect arrested after he surrendered Tuesday afternoon at his lawyer’s Fort Lauderdale office.

Newsome, 20, faces a charge of first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon, as do Robert “Fat Boy” Allen, Michael Boatwright and Dedrick Williams, the first of the four arrested.

Andrea Perdomo / WLRN News

Most public schools in South Florida provide few supplies to teachers at the start of a new school year.

Dwan Hunt McClain is a teacher at North Miami Senior High School. She said the school gives her a stapler, a pack of paper and maybe some pens. 

"Everything else is on us," she said.

The Education Fund, an organization that was created to find ways for the private sector to help public education, has been providing a space for teachers to get school supplies for 25 years, through a partnership with Ocean Bank.

Peter Haden / WLRN News

The state commission investigating the Florida school massacre will discuss improving campus safety and hear about education and health privacy laws.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission begins its monthly two-day meeting Wednesday. The 14 members will hear from experts on "school hardening" and state and federal privacy laws.

On Thursday, the commission will discuss school shootings nationally and the Florida Department of Children and Families' response to calls regarding suspect Nikolas Cruz.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Marco Rubio announced Tuesday that he will ask federal agencies to oppose the 836 expressway expansion into West Kendall, a major roadblock for Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the Miami-Dade County Commission after they gave preliminary approval for the 14-mile highway in June.

The Republican senator’s alignment with environmentalists, who say the highway would damage the Everglades and cause urban sprawl, could affect the project’s progress due to federal land swaps from the Department of Interior that are needed before construction can begin.

Courtesy of Sarah Lerner

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, English teacher Sarah Lerner was displaced from her classroom. Now she’s going back.

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