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Australian water expert Dr. Jim Gill will be the keynote speaker Oct. 8 during the WaterSmart 09 Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas. Discounted registration for this three-day event, sponsored by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, is available now through July 9.

In this week’s news, Gov. Charlie Crist signed a contentious bill that moves permitting power over communities’ water use into the hands of executive directors at the state’s five water management districts.

Bulldozers and front-end loaders pushed and moved dirt and rocks in northeast Ocala, digging out what will soon be a new retention pond that will ultimately stop pollutants from flowing into the Silver River.

And the rockets’ red glare on the Fourth of July can fill onlookers with patriotism and awe. Unfortunately, it can also fill them with particulates and strontium, unleasing a shower of toxins into the soil and water. Scientists are only beginning to figure out what that means for human health.

Here are a few of the other stories making news across the state:

Possible cancer cluster gets national attention
Infrastructure upgrades ongoing in Pasco migrant community
Breast cancer survivor tries to link illness to bad water
Trial date set for Tallevast water contamination case
Indian River Lagoon will get $6.7 million in federal stimulus money
Plenty of news from around the world,  updated twice daily.

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