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AARP Names Florida as an Age-Friendly State

April 24, 2019 - 12:00pm

Florida has become the fourth state to join the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. 

Senate Says 'Yes' to Implementing Stoneman Douglas Commission Recommendations

April 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 7030, which implements the legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, including the ability of eligible teachers who volunteer to carry guns. 

Blame Ocean Circulation for Severity of Red Tide, USF Study Claims

April 20, 2019 - 7:30am
USF's autonomous underwater glider

Red tide off Florida is virtually gone now, showing up at near-undetectable levels. Nevertheless, at the University of South Florida, serious work on Karenia brevis, the harmful algae that causes red tide, is ongoing and producing studies of some significance.

Ron DeSantis: Unemployment Rate in Florida Remained 3.5 Percent in March

April 19, 2019 - 11:15am

On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that in March the state unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent, the same as it was in February. The national unemployment rate stood at 3.8 percent in March. 

DeSantis noted more than 200,000 private sector jobs had been created in Florida over the past year. He took over in January from Gov. Rick Scott. 

Glades Leaders Rally to #SlowTheFlow from the North, Restore Lake 'O', Protect Coastal Estuaries

April 17, 2019 - 4:30pm
Pro angler Scott Martin

Earlier Wednesday elected officials, business owners, and North Florida college students originally from the Glades communities gathered in Waller Park at the Florida Capitol to voice their support for state funding to expedite plans north of Lake Okeechobee to “slow the flow” of untreated water flowing into Lake Okeechobee and impacting coastal estuaries.

Green Slime Deliveries to Legislature Highlight Need for VISIT FLORIDA Funding

April 17, 2019 - 12:15am
Robert Skrob

The Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (FADMO) delivered “green slime” (gooey, green glow-in-the-dark putty) Wednesday to Florida’s legislators with a clear message -- reauthorize and fully fund VISIT FLORIDA. 

Florida ALFs Face Rising Costs, Skilled-Worker Shortage

April 12, 2019 - 9:00am

The Tallahassee-based Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA) announced Thursday dire findings from a study that found Florida’s more than 3,000 ALFs facing challenges in collecting revenue and finding skilled workers to fill vacancies. 

USDA Slightly Downgrades Expectations on Florida Citrus Production

April 9, 2019 - 1:15pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its latest look at orange production on Tuesday. 

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) lowered the forecast of total oranges 1 percent. 

Miami-Dade Gets $99.7 Million Water Infrastructure Loan from the EPA

April 5, 2019 - 1:45pm
Andrew Wheeler Friday in Miami-Dade

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited South Florida Friday to announce a $99.7 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to Miami-Dade County to finance much-needed advanced wastewater infrastructure upgrades. The money will finance 14 new injection wells.

Veteran Illinois Educator New Jacksonville State College President

April 5, 2019 - 9:00am
John Avendano

The Florida State College at Jacksonville has chosen Illinois educator John Avendano, a man with 30 years' experience in community college education, as its sixth president.

Avendano is president and CEO of Kankakee Community College and has previously held positions such as president of the Illinois Council of Public Community College Presidents. 

The Board of Trustees' selection was unanimous. 

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