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Lee Memorial Health System Moves Forward With "Bedless" Hospital

Note: Audio to come. Lee Memorial Health System is preparing to build a hospital without beds. The company bought land in Estero about a decade ago. It was originally intended to be an 80-bed facility. But, the state denied its plans. Now, the plans have changed.
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China Stocks See Biggest Drop Since 2007

Stocks in China slid dramatically today and yesterday, with the Shanghai Composite Index ending down 8.5 percent. The drops come after huge gains in the markets earlier this summer, and amid fears that the government is going to stop taking certain actions to prop up the market. Jill Schlesinger of CBS News joins Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson with details.Guest Jill Schlesinger, business analyst at CBS News. She tweets @jillonmoney. Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit src="http://www.google...
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West Nile Case Confirmed

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus for 2015. The case comes from Walton County.
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Lee Memorial Health System is preparing to build a hospital without beds. The company bought land in Estero about a decade ago. It was originally intended to be an 80-bed facility. But, the state denied its plans. Now, the plans have changed. 

In Madison, Florida, a crew is filming the movie “Prayer Never Fails.” It’s the story of a small town high school basketball coach who is fired from his job after praying with one of his players. It’s also the story of  a small production group trying to make a film in a state that provides few incentives.

In about two weeks state lawmakers will gather in Tallahassee to redraw Florida’s congressional borders.  And the scope of those changes is turning races across the state into a game of musical chairs.

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus for 2015. The case comes from Walton County.

Even before selecting five nurseries to become Florida's first legal pot producers, Department of Health officials will face a challenge from at least one grower whose application was tossed out because it was late.

The department's Office of Compassionate Use staff rejected two of the 30 applications from nurseries hoping to get chosen as one of the five coveted "dispensing organizations." Both were tossed because they were received after a 5 p.m. deadline following a frenzied scene during a torrential downpour July 8 at the agency's headquarters.

This week women veterans from throughout Florida will meet in Tampa for the 2nd Annual Women Veterans’ Conference. The goal is to sign them up for available benefits and resources.

This is the second year the state is reaching out to women veterans. The conference has expanded to two days, July 30-31, 2015, at the University of South Florida Tampa campus to accommodate demand.

Scott Gets Final Decision on Fine for Lt. Gov.

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Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has described her exit from office more than two years ago as a "knee jerk reaction" by Gov. Rick Scott.

Now, Scott will get the final say in Carroll having to pay a $1,000 fine to resolve allegations she did not properly report income from consulting work that led to her sudden resignation.

The state Commission on Ethics on Friday unanimously, and without comment, agreed to support the fine as part of an agreement with Carroll.

Christmas in July for South Florida's Homeless Population

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The Miami Rescue Mission and Broward Outreach Centers held their annual Christmas in July celebration in Miami, Hollywood, and Pompano Beach Friday. 

The celebration is a combination Christmas and Fourth of July block party, blending together the themes of “giving” and “independence” that each of the two holidays represent.

On Monday, the Key West Police Department will join the growing ranks of South Florida law enforcers wearing body cameras.

The department has been working on training and coming up with a policy for body cameras since February. That's when the Monroe County Sheriff's Office gave the police 100 cameras. The money came from fees that the Sheriff's Office receives to administer grants under the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.

By late last week, people and boats were already trickling in to the Florida Keys for the lobster sport mini-season.

They were getting ready for the two-day event, taking place Wednesday and Thursday,  when recreational divers get a jump on catching the tasty crustaceans. The regular lobster season, when commercial fishermen can start bringing in their catch, starts Aug. 6.

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