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FGCU violates Florida state law

The Florida Board of Governors’ inspector general office issued a report on March 28, stating that FGCU had violated state law on two separate occasions. The investigation was prompted by eight allegations that were first brought to the FGCU Audit Office. State law mandates that any person bringing forth such allegations be deemed a whistle-blower and that the names of whistle-blowers remain confidential. According to the 81-page report, only two of the eight allegations were sustained. The first violation occurred when FGCU elected its Faculty Senate president as the Board of Trustees’ vice president, which doesn’t comply with a Board...

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Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, at least 5 dead

At least five people were killed and at least eight were injured in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, Jan. 6. According to CNN, the airport was evacuated and the shooter, Esteban Santiago, 26, is now in custody. According to NBC 6, Santiago was a passenger on a Canadian flight with a checked gun. The shooter claimed his baggage and then proceeded to a bathroom to load his gun. Then, Santiago came out and started shooting. Santiago was on Delta flight #1088, traveling from Anchorage, Alaska to Minneapolis-St. Paul, which landed Friday morning. From there he...

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Alico Arena converted to hurricane shelter

With Hurricane Matthew expected to touch down in Florida late Thursday night or Friday morning, Alico Arena has been converted into a hurricane shelter for East coast evacuees. Projected to hit the East coast of Florida the hardest, Florida Governor Rick Scott urged residents of the East coast to evacuate the area ahead of what he called a “life threatening” storm. Matthew is projected to have winds of 100 to 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. With hotels along the Gulf Coast booked with East coast evacuees, FGCU Athletics Communication Director Jason McBain tweeted a picture of...

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Hurricane Matthew nears East Coast

Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all of Florida’s 67 counties after Hurricane Matthew shifted towards the east coast. Dwarfing the previous record of five seasons without a hurricane (1980-1984), the sunshine state has went nearly 11 consecutive years without a hurricane to make landfall. The last system to hit Florida was Wilma on Oct. 24, 2005. According to the Hurricane Research Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, of the 281 named hurricanes to make landfall in the United States since 1851, 114 have impacted Florida. This averages to roughly seven hurricanes every...

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Clinton hosts rally in Fort Pierce

From Friday morning to afternoon, the streets of historic downtown Fort Pierce were blocked off for the supporters who came out to see the woman they call “Madam President” — that is, presidential candidate Sec. Hillary Clinton. The crowd waited in the blistering heat, some sharing the stash of water bottles they’d brought with total strangers in line near them. The majority chatted amongst themselves at a dull roar, but the sound became deafening when opposing candidate Donald Trump’s supporters arrived with Trump flags, Make America Great Again banners and handmade “Hillary for jail” signs. Boasting 1,200 seats, Sunrise...

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Hillary Clinton and new VP begin campaign trail in Miami

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton chose her running mate on Friday, July 22. Virginia senator Tim Kaine will serve as Clinton’s vice president. Minutes after Clinton took to Twitter to announce her decision, Kaine tweeted his excitement, stating that he had just gotten off the phone with her and was excited to begin their campaign in Miami. Clinton and Kaine hit the trail on Saturday, July 23 at Florida International University to a crowd of 5,000. Clinton officially introduced Kaine during the rally. She described him as a “progressive who likes to get things done.” “Sen. Tim Kaine is...

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50 killed, 53 injured at Orlando nightclub in worst mass shooting in US history

Orlando is under a state of emergency after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub, killing 50 people and injuring 53. At 2 a.m. Sunday, Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce entered the nightclub, Pulse, with an “assault-type” weapon and a handgun before opening fire on club-goers. The shooting is being called “the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history” since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2011. There was speculation that the shooting was a hate crime against the gay community due to a recent incident reported by Mateen’s father and the location of the attack, especially in...

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Lake O releases’ effect on Caloosahatchee discussed in town hall meeting

As the sun set on the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers, the City Pier Building was still buzzing with activity. Drew Steele, the host of Fox News 92.5 Daybreak radio show, invited five politicians and an army colonel to answer questions from the public on Tuesday. The topic of discussion centered on the growing problem that is the water releases into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuary from Lake Okeechobee. “This is such an important topic,” Steele said. “It’s all going to start with conversation. It’s all going to start with knowledge. It’s all going to start with...

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A brief history of Lake Okeechobee’s management

According to the Historic 2015-2016 Dry Season Rainfall report from South Florida Water Management District, at the beginning of this year, South Florida saw the highest total of average rainfall, at 16.22 inches, occur since recordkeeping began in 1932. The single wettest week within the district occurred between Jan. 22 to 28, and Jan. 27 saw the wettest dry season day in 25 years. These rainfall events caused the water level of Lake Okeechobee to rise to 16.4 feet in February. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has had to release water from Lake Okeechobee to keep water levels...

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High voting turnout for Lee County, poll workers made minor mistakes

The Florida presidential preference primaries on Tuesday, March 15 pulled 46 percent of registered voters to the polls. It was the highest number of voters for a presidential preference primary in 40 years, according to the Florida Department of State. Those voters created a victory for Republican candidate Donald Trump, with 45.7 percent of his party’s vote, and Hillary Clinton, with 64.4 percent of her party’s vote. Lee County, with a population of 679,513 people as of the 2014 census and 424,754 registered voters, saw 53 percent of its Republicans and Democrats cast a ballot in the primaries. Florida...

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