Terry Spencer

Army Corps to reduce lake flows fueling Florida algae bloom

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling on President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency to help businesses harmed by the massive algae bloom fouling some of Florida's southern rivers and beaches.

Rubio on Friday toured a portion of the St. Lucie River where a smelly muck is fouling an area promoted as Florida's "Treasure Coast." During a news conference later, he called the impact on tourism, home values and small buisnesses "catastrophic," saying he couldn't think of a precedent anywhere else in the country.

"I hope the president will have an emergency declaration, because that will open up the full portfolio of aid that the federal government...