Evolution Of Florida Citrus Growers: What It Takes To Stay In The Embattled Industry

Some Florida citrus growers are finally starting to see an increase of orange production. Those who managed to stick around as the greening disease ravaged their groves have been experimenting with different variations of trees, expensive chemicals and fertilizers.

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Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana hopes a new resource guide can help make the city a more inclusive and supportive place for immigrants, regardless of whether they are documented. It will list federal, state, county and city resources for new arrivals. 

The effort comes a little over a week after reports surfaced about the federal government sending migrants from the Southern U.S. border to South Florida.  

Visit Florida Slashes Staff

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Visit Florida cut one-third of its staff Thursday, slashing its payroll after the state Legislature cut funding for the tourism agency by 34 percent. 

The itinerary is set for Governor Ron DeSantis’s trip to Israel. He will be meeting with Israeli business leaders, and he’ll take a cultural visit to the Old City of Jerusalem.

New Florida Law Bans Release Of Mass Shooting Recordings

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Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that prohibits Florida's government agencies from releasing photos, video or audio that record the killing of a person in an act of mass violence.

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People who live around the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse don’t want to see it slip away – literally or figuratively.

The 120 acres surrounding the towering red landmark have been under the stewardship of the federal Bureau of Land Management, in conjunction with local groups and jurisdictions, since 2008. The BLM’s work on the site – fighting back nonnative weeds, laying out trails, shoring up shoreline – has been dictated by the same 10-year-plan since 2010.

Congress On Cusp Of Delivering Long-Overdue Disaster Aid

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The Senate on Thursday passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill by a broad bipartisan vote, but only after Democrats insisted on tossing out President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to handle an unprecedented influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

More Mental-Health Treatment Sought For Children

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Florida has an estimated 400,000 children who need behavioral-health services, but 55 percent of them don’t get any treatment, members of a health-care panel were told Thursday. 

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro has a plan to change immigration policy in the U.S. The former Housing and Urban Development secretary wants to address immigrant detention, family reunification and the immigration court system.

In stark contrast to current policy, he also wants to decriminalize crossing the border illegally, a plan he outlined in a Medium post in April.

Courtesy Purpose in Paradise

The U.S. Virgin Islands are finally rebounding after suffering two major hurricanes back-to-back. One tourism innovation may have played a part in that.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

The Senate approved a $19.1 billion disaster aid package Thursday that includes money for states impacted by flooding, recent hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as money for communities rebuilding after wildfires.

The measure passed overwhelmingly — 85-8.

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