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Jun 30, 2017


Jimmy Patronis is Sworn in as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer

Former State Rep. and Public Service Commissioner Jimmy Patronis was Sworn in Friday morning as the State’s Fourth Chief Financial Officer.  Jim Rosica reports for


Study: Texas, Florida Could See Biggest Rise In Deaths From Climate Change

A Study Published in the Journal Science shows that Deaths in the US could Rise by 5.4 per 100,000 People for each degree Celsius that the temperature rises as a result of Climate Change. Texas and Florida, however, would see a disproportionate rise, with some Counties experiencing 20 to 40 Deaths per 100,000 People by 2100, the Study says.  Business Insider reports via the PCI SmartBrief.


Record South Florida Rain Threatens Glades Wildlife, Sets Stage For Summer Water Woes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers became concerned that a Levee protecting Western Suburbs might be at risk. District Workers are now Inspecting Sections of a Levee along I-75 daily.  Jenny Staletovich reports for the Miami Herald.


Marine Insurer Wins Appeal Over Hijacked Cargo Claim

A Marine Insurer does not have to pay a Florida Freight Company for a Hijacked Cargo Shipment that it neglected to notify the Insurer about, a Federal Appeals Court Ruled Wednesday, Overturning a Lower Court Decision.  Rob Linehan reports for Business Insurance.


Atwater’s New Role: Make FAU a Major Economic Player

Jeff Atwater plans to use his experience in Politics and Finance to help Florida Atlantic University become a Major Player in Higher Education.  The Sun-Sentinel’s Scott Travis reports.

·         Coming Up Next Session:  Power Struggle Over University Performance Funding


Opioid Crisis:  Rick Scott Extends Public Health Emergency

The Order allows the State to quickly Draw from a Two-Year $54 Million Federal Grant awarded to Florida on April 21 to provide Prevention, Treatment and Recovery-Support Services.  Joe Capozzi reports for the Palm Beach Post.


Two Dead, Four Injured After ”Major Incident” at TECO Power Plant

Two People were killed and Four People were seriously Injured Thursday in what is being described as a “Major Incident” at the Tampa Electric Company Power Plant in Apollo Beach.  Anastasia Dawson and Steve Contorno report for the Tampa Bay Times.


125 New Florida Laws Kick in Saturday

The Changes — including Two Bills from the Special Session — are among 125 Revisions to Florida Statutes that hit the Books July 1.  The NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via the Lakeland Ledger.

·         Hard-Fought Florida Budget Finally Takes Effect Saturday

·         Scott’s Veto on Technology Bill: Good Policy  . . . or Political Payback?


State Has Until Monday To Set Medical Marijuana Rules

The Waiting Period is only one of the Issues the Florida Department of Health must tackle as it races to implement the Law before Monday’s Deadline.  WMFE reports via Crain’s Miami.


Governor Scott Appoints New Florida Lottery Secretary

Governor Rick Scott on Thursday named a Former Executive with Florida Power & Light Co. and its Parent Company, NextEra Energy, to run the Florida Lottery.  The Miami Herald’s Kristin M. Clark reports.


Lawsuit:  Florida Strip Club Refused To Hire Male Bartender

A Florida Strip Club accused of Hiring only Women Bartenders and refusing to Hire a Man is facing a Federal Lawsuit.  The Miami Herald reports via Crain’s Miami.




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