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NEW YORK - 1958:  In this handout from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the skin of a patient after three days of measles infection is seen at a New York hospital in 1958.  Measles outbreaks have been reported throughout the U.S., with the latest reported February 5, 2015 at a daycare in suburban Chicago where as many as five children under the age of one have been infected. (Photo by CDC via Getty Images)

Health Officials: International Traveler Had Measles While In South Florida

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed that an international traveler, who attended a conference in Central Florida and spent time in South Florida, had the measles.

03/26/2015

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A group of activists have submitted about 50,000 signatures in an effort to force a referendum on a marijuana dispensary ban in Los Angeles to take effect next week. A minimum of 27,425 valid signatures from registered voters is needed to let voters decide on the issue in March, and until the number can be verified, the ban will not be enforced. . The ban would not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

New Pot Rule Faces Legal Challenge

The Florida Department of Health faces a legal challenge in its latest attempt to move forward with regulations for the state’s new medical-marijuana industry.

03/13/2015

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Four Whooping Cough Cases Confirmed In Broward County

Broward County, in the past two weeks, has had four recent cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The disease is serious, and can be fatal—especially in babies under one.

03/10/2015

Oleta River State Park (Source: www.floridastateparks.org)

Swimming Advisory In Effect For Oleta State Park

Saturday’s downpour and floods may have subsided, but Oleta River State Park is feeling the after effects.

03/01/2015

Marijuana (Source: David McNew/Getty Images)

Another Pot Hearing Sought To Clear Up Proposed Rule

Florida’s Department of Health is set to hold another hearing to clarify a proposed medical marijuana rule that has caused some confusion.

02/19/2015

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Bill Would Boost Health Dept. Powers To Prevent Outbreaks

A House Republican wants to bolster the authority of the Florida Department of Health in trying to prevent the spread of communicable diseases during public-health emergencies.

02/11/2015

Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes said he won't support highway speeding cameras. (Source: https://www.flsenate.gov/)

GOP Senator Offers Medical Marijuana Plan

Less than three months after Florida voters narrowly rejected a plan to legalize medical marijuana, a Republican senator Monday filed a bill that would allow patients to get pot if they suffer from diseases such as cancer, AIDS, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis.

01/26/2015

Oleta River State Park  (Source: floridastateparks.org)

Swimming Ban Lifted At Oleta River State Park

It’s safe to swim at Oleta River State Park again. A swimming ban issued last week for the surrounding waters has been lifted.

01/18/2015

A cannabis plant is seen in a house of Montevideo on April 25, 2014.    (Photo credit PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)

State Names Medical Marijuana Rule-Makers

A 12 member panel, including five nurseries, will prepare to hash out rules on who can grow medical marijuana and how it will be distributed to patients.

01/16/2015

A cannabis plant is seen in a house of Montevideo on April 25, 2014.    (Photo credit PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)

Draft Pot Rule Fleshes Out Requirements For Growers

A panel comprised of the director of the state Office of Compassionate Use, an accountant and a member of the Drug Policy Advisory Council would pick five nurseries to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana under a revamped rule released Thursday by the Florida Department of Health.

01/15/2015

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