Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Top 5 at Noon: Flooding could close I-75; nursing home residents die after outage

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FLOODING FROM IRMA COULD CLOSE I-75

The traffic on Interstate 75 was already bad for those trying to return home from Hurricane Irma evacuations in Florida. Now a rapidly rising Santa Fe river, caused by historic flooding in Jacksonville is threatening to shut down a large section of the vital interstate..

NURSING HOME RESIDENTS DIE AFTER IRMA OUTAGE

Florida residents struggling to put their lives back together in Hurricane Irma's wake fell victim to new hazards, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents, house fires and deadly fumes from generators. Five residents of a Hollywood nursing home that lost power in the storm died, authorities said Wednesday..

DISTRICT KEEPING LEE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TOGETHER AFTER FIRE DESTROYED SCHOOL

Parents and others, shocked and bewildered, showed up Wednesday morning at the scene of a fire that destroyed the century-old Robert E. Lee Elementary and left families wondering where students will attend classes when school resumes Monday. And the ongoing debate about Confederate memorials in Hillsborough was on people's minds as news of the fire spread. .

UF FINALLY CRACKS LIST OF TOP 10 UNIVERSITIES

The state of Florida now boasts a top 10 public university. The University of Florida has long aimed to crack the top 10. Today, the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings put it there, in a big step up from last year's spot.

LOVIE SMITH, JOE MADDON MIGHT BE A WELCOME DIVERSION

Provided we all have power, eventually we'll turn our minds back to games. Or maybe we won't. That's fine, too. Relief efforts across our state. That's what matters. But our sports might be some fun, a diversion. Welcome back, Lovie. Welcome back, Mike. Welcome back, Joe Ma and Zo!.

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