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Debate Turns Emotional Over Dozier Memorial

A state task force began an emotional debate Wednesday about how to commemorate the victims of abuse and brutality at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys and what to do with the unidentified remains of youths who died at the shuttered reform school. The nine-member panel, which held its first meeting in Marianna, near the site of the 1,400-acre Dozier property in Jackson County, has been directed by the Legislature to develop recommendations by Oct. 1 on the creation of a memorial to honor the victims of the reform school, which operated from 1900 to 2011, as well as designating a permanent burial site for victims whose bodies were unidentified or unclaimed. Detzner said

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As Zika Fears Escalate, Lawmakers Point Fingers From Afar

Nurse practitioner Juliana Duque, right, gives a patient, who is in her first trimester of pregnancy insecticide and and information about mosquito protection at the Borinquen Medical Center, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 in Miami. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid travel to the nearby neighborhood of Wynwood where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans. The patient also had a test for the Zika virus following her exam. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

As the Zika virus escalates into a public health crisis, members of Congress remain entrenched politically, with Republicans and Democrats pointing fingers over the failure to act as the number of mosquito-transmitted cases in the U.S. grows. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell warned lawmakers on Wednesday that her budget for fighting Zika is running out quickly. Without more money fast, she said, the "nation's ability to effectively respond to Zika will be impaired."

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Zika Tourism Effects Could Take Time To Play Out

With Florida battling a Zika virus outbreak in Miami, the full impacts of federal and international travel advisories on the state's tourism industry won't be known for months. The state's tourism-marketing arm Visit Florida, following Gov. Rick Scott and other officials, has maintained a message that Florida is safe and open for business.

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Florida Gov Offers Free Zika Test Kits For Pregnant Women

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says pregnant women statewide can get a free Zika test to determine whether they’ve been infected with the mosquito-borne virus. Scott directed state health officials Wednesday to make the tests available at county health departments and also said the state would provide additional lab services to …

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Ex-Wife Of Slain Florida Law Professor Denies Role In Death

Attorneys from left to right, Dohn Williams and Longworth Butler represent murder suspect Dayonte Resiles as he appears via video conference before Broward Judge Michael Davis, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Thursday, July 21, 2016.  After nearly a week on the lam, Resiles, who slipped from his shackles and bolted from a crowded South Florida courtroom in a meticulous escape plot involving multiple accomplices was captured at a nondescript motel, authorities said Thursday. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

The ex-wife of a slain Florida State University law professor and her family are denying any involvement in an alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill him. Attorneys for Wendi Adelson and several family members issued a statement Wednesday saying speculation of their involvement in Dan Markel’s killing is categorically false. Authorities …

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School Bells Ringing Earlier This Year

Alachua County public school students scored better than the statewide average in the Florida Standards Assessments, according to a press release. This is the second year that students took the new Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English language arts, math and the algebra and geometry end-of-course exams. Students are still taking the FCAT 2.0 exam in science and in the biology, civics and U.S. History end-of-course exams. (File photo/WUFT News)

Tens of thousands of Florida school children will return to their classrooms next week as districts take advantage of a state law that allows schools to start as early as Aug. 10. Forty of the 67 public school districts are opening Wednesday under a 2015 law that decoupled the school …

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