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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are updating their guidance for pregnant women regarding the Zika virus. The new information means asymptomatic pregnant women don't have to get the commonly used IgM test. The announcement comes as public health officials are increasingly worried about the risk of false positives. 

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Some Springfield residents are under a precautionary boil water notice, due to a water main break at Russell Lane in Bay County.


A new Florida task force met for the first time this week to start looking into transportation issues people with developmental and intellectual disabilities face on a daily basis. The Task Force on Transportation Disadvantaged Services was created as part of a new law that just took effect.

Federal funding that provides insurance for nearly 340,000 Florida kids will expire in September unless Congress acts. It’s called the  Children’s Health Insurance Program and it supports kids who don’t qualify for Medicaid.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law that supporters say will help in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

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With all this rainy weather this month, Leon County health officials are encouraging area residents to watch out for mosquitoes.

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Florida pediatricians will be able to test babies for more diseases under a new law signed by Governor Rick Scott.

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Florida’s teen birth rates are on a steady decline, according to a national report.

Universities around the state of Florida are reviewing their budget for the next year and mental health services remain a priority.

Florida’s Medicaid plan is wrapped up in a lawsuit alleging the state doesn’t provide adequate dental and medical care for children. Regan McCarthy reports experts say that’s because Florida’s physician reimbursement rates are so low.

The fate of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law is now up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices are beginning to weigh the merits of an historic three days’ worth of testimony for and against the Affordable Care Act. Lynn Hatter reports Florida had a front-row seat to the proceedings, as the state led 25-others in challenging the law.

After more than two years, dozens of lower-court hearings and legal wrangling, the Florida-led challenge to the federal healthcare overhaul has reached its final destination: The U.S. Supreme Court:

The U.S. Supreme Court has concluded its third and final day of arguments in the Florida-led challenge to the federal healthcare overhaul law. Lynn Hatter reports the court took up the issue of whether the law can survive without the central requirement that most Americans carry insurance, and whether the expansion of the Medicaid program is coercive.

An unprecedented three days’ worth of oral arguments is under way in the Florida-led challenge to the federal healthcare overhaul law.

 “We will hear argument this morning in case number 11-398. Department of Health and Human Services vs. Florida.”