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Officer Jason Ross demonstrates how the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS) is used at the Northbound Agricultural Inspection Station on I-75 in White Springs, Fla. This system uses gamma rays to scan images of commercial vehicles that are stopped at the inspection station. Every 20th vehicle that comes through the station is scanned.   Ross said that after years of practice, he can examine a photo and know what is likely in the truck, whether it’s the usual vegetable cargo or hidden paraphernalia such as drugs or even people. Bricks of marijuana have been found stored in artificial walls, in produce and in paper towels. The VACIS truck, along with physical inspections, help the officers maintain agriculture safety in Florida.

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Federal Action Sought For Florida Coastline Tainted By Algae

Officials want federal action along a stretch of Florida's Atlantic coast where the governor has declared a state of emergency over algae blooms. The blue-green algae is the latest contaminant in yearslong arguments over water flowing from Lake Okeechobee, which is critical to South Florida's water supply and flood control systems. The Martin County Commission is inviting the president to view deteriorating water conditions that local officials blame on freshwater being released from the lake, according to a statement released Wednesday.