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Governor Declares State of Emergency, Urges Floridians to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian

August 29, 2019 - 6:00am
Gov. Ron DeSantis declares a state of emergency for Hurricane Dorian

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-189 Wednesday, declaring a state of emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian. The governor is urging all Floridians on the East Coast to prepare for impacts. The latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project Hurricane Dorian will make landfall on Florida’s East Coast as a major hurricane.

Joe Biden Leads Primary Field, Trump Losing Ground on Economy, Poll Shows

August 28, 2019 - 8:30am
Donald Trump, Joe Biden

Former Vice President Joe Biden remains on top of the crowded Democratic primary field, according to a new poll. 

On Wednesday morning, Quinnipiac University released a poll of Democratic voters and Democratic leaning independents which shows Biden out front with 32 percent. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., stands in second with 19 percent followed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with 15 percent. 

FDOT Launches M-CORES to Study Work on Three Transportation Corridors

August 28, 2019 - 6:00am
Evacuating on Florida's Turnpike

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) hosted a meeting of the three Multiuse Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) Task Force on Tuesday at the Tampa Convention Center, marking the start of the program’s study phase.

To translate, the M-CORES Task Forces' job is to study the potential for transportation and other infrastructure projects in these three Florida corridors:

  • Suncoast Connector, extending from Citrus County to Jefferson County;

Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Defense Support Task Force Grants

August 24, 2019 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis

On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF) grants headed to military bases across the Sunshine State. 

DeSantis said $725,000 in funds from the FDSTF Grant Program were given to the Clay County Development Authority, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast in Brevard County and the Military Child Education Coalition in Duval, Hillsborough, and Okaloosa Counties. 

The military and defense industry adds almost $85 billion to the Sunshine State, employing almost 891,750 Floridians. 

Florida Congressmen: What is DOJ Doing to Stop Kickbacks for Opioid Addict Patient Referrals?

August 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Gus Bilirakis and Alcee Hastings

Two members of the Florida congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General William Barr to implement a law intended to help solve the opioid crisis. 

This week, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., signed onto a letter regarding "brokers" treating patients with addiction. 

Florida Aquarium Scores 'Breakthrough': We Have Induced Spawning of Atlantic Coral

August 22, 2019 - 6:30am
The Florida Aquarium's pillar coral

For the first time in history, say scientists, endangered Atlantic pillar coral have spawned through lab-induced techniques. The scientific breakthrough occurred this week in a research laboratory at The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation in Apollo Beach as part of Project Coral. Scientists believe the historic breakthrough could ultimately help save corals in the Florida Reef Tract from extinction. 

DeSantis Touts High-Quality, Affordable Health Plans for State Retirees

August 21, 2019 - 6:00am

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that new health plan options will be available to more than 30,000 Medicare-eligible retirees participating in the State Group Health Insurance Program starting in 2020. The new choices are Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plans, which combine the benefits of Medicare and prescription drug coverage into a single plan and offer other valuable benefits such as vision, hearing, dental, and wellness benefits.

Ron DeSantis: Feds Taking on More of the Costs for Hurricane Irma Recovery

August 20, 2019 - 12:30pm
Ron DeSantis

On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the federal government will take on more of the costs associated with Hurricane Irma which hit the Sunshine State back in September 2017. 

DeSantis announced that Hurricane Irma costs in Florida reached $2.63 billion which triggers an increase in the federal cost share from 75 percent to 90 percent. That being the case, DeSantis wrote President Donald Trump on the matter, noting that it will save the state government and local governments across Florida more than $160 million. 

Harbor Branch's James Sullivan: Galvano's Appointment to the Red Tide Mitigation Panel

August 19, 2019 - 4:30pm
James Sullivan, Ph.D.

Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton announced Monday the appointment of James M. Sullivan, Ph.D. to the Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative Advisory Council.

Unemployment Rate Slipped Slightly in Florida During July

August 16, 2019 - 10:30am
Ron DeSantis

The unemployment rate in Florida dropped slightly in July, moving from 3.4 percent in June to 3.3. percent, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Friday. 

DeSantis announced more than 28,000 jobs were created across Florida in July and more than 218,000 were added to the Sunshine State in the past year. The private sector job rate in Florida stands at 2.8 percent, above the national average of 1.7 percent. Florida remains under the national unemployment rate which stood at 3.7 percent in July. 

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