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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday July 14, 2019 ( 31 items )  

ACLU of Florida: Federal Court Rules Florida County Public Meeting Policy Discriminates Based on Religion
MIAMI, Florida, July 10 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida issued the following news release: The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled today that the Brevard County, Fla., Commissioners' policy of using religious beliefs to determine who can offer invocations at public meetings is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The case, Williamson v. Brevard County, was brought by the ACLU, the ACLU of Florida, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Fre  more

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Outstanding College Graduate
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, July 10 -- The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists issued the following news release: Jessica Bachansingh, is the recipient of the 2019 AATCC Outstanding College Graduate Award. Bachansingh was selected from the nominees submitted by the AATCC student chapter faculty advisors for an outstanding graduating senior from their respective universities. She attends Florida State University (FSU) and will be graduating with a Retail Merchandis  more

American Property Casualty Insurance Association: Insurers Warn Gulf Coast to Prepare for Tropical Threat
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 10 -- The American Property Casualty Insurance Association issued the following news release: The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) today urged residents along the Gulf Coast to get prepared as low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico could develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm later this week. "A tropical threat in the gulf could bring heavy rains and wind to the Southeast region," said Logan McFaddin, APCIA's regional manager for Flo  more

Andrew Goodman Foundation Takes Further Legal Action Against a Florida Law Aimed at Preventing Early Voting on College and University Campuses
MAHWAH, New Jersey, July 10 -- The Andrew Goodman Foundation issued the following news release: The Andrew Goodman Foundation along with a group of 8 Florida college students and the Florida League of Women Voters amended a lawsuit challenging Florida's new election bill recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis. The new law made headlines for its provisions imposing severe restrictions on the ability of returning citizens with prior felony convictions to register and vote following the popular   more

Baptist Health South Florida: Bill Duquette Named Chief Executive Officer of South Miami Hospital
MIAMI, Florida, July 8 -- Baptist Health South Florida issued the following news release: Seasoned healthcare executive Bill Duquette has been named chief executive officer of South Miami Hospital, a 453-bed acute-care hospital that is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. He succeeds Lincoln Mendez, who was named chief executive officer of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Baptist Health's newest affiliate. Mr. Duquette brings to t  more

Carl Kah Jr. Named Recipient of Irrigation Association's 2019 Board of Directors Award
FAIRFAX, Virginia, July 12 -- The Irrigation Association issued the following news release, dated July 9: The Irrigation Association is excited to announce that Carl Kah Jr. of North Palm Beach, Florida, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Board of Directors Award. The IA's Board of Directors Award recognizes an individual's lifelong contributions to the advancement of the irrigation industry. Kah founded K-Rain in 1974 and continues to serve as the company's CEO. With more than 100 paten  more

Charter Schools USA-Managed Schools Earn an 'A' as a District
MIAMI, Florida, July 11 -- The Florida Charter School Alliance issued the following news release: * * * - 82 percent of all CSUSA Florida schools earn an A or B * * * Florida Department of Education released the 2018-19 school grades as a culmination of 2019 statewide standardized assessments in math, ELA, science and social studies. For the second year in a row, 100 percent of schools managed by Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) in the state of Florida earned an A, B, or C. 82 percent of CSUSA sc  more

Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Attends President's Speech on Environmental Leadership
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation issued the following news release: Yesterday, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), along with dozens of federal and state agency representatives, conservation leaders, and business owners gathered at the White House for a speech by President Trump and numerous representatives from related federal agencies. During his remarks, the President touched on a number of significant issues of importance to America's sportsmen and  more

Federal Appeals Court: Brevard County, Fla., Commissioners' Invocation Policy Discriminates Based on Religion
MIAMI, Florida, July 8 -- Americans United for Separation of Church and State issued the following news release: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today unanimously ruled that the Brevard County, Fla., Commissioners' policy of using religious beliefs to determine who can offer invocations at public meetings is unconstitutional, discriminatory and a violation of religious freedom. The ruling came in the case Williamson v. Brevard County, which was brought by Americans United for Separation  more

Florida Bar: Parker Thomson Awards Honor Journalists at Ceremony
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 11 -- The Florida Bar issued the following news release: The 2019 Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida were presented Thursday in St. Petersburg during the 2019 Florida Media Conference. The awards are presented by The Florida Bar's Media & Communications Law Committee in recognition of outstanding journalism highlighting the system of law and justice as it affects Floridians. Awards were presented in two categories. First-place awards wer  more

Florida Charter School Alliance: 74% of Public Charter Schools Earn As, Bs on the 2018-19 State Assessment
MIAMI, Florida, July 11 -- The Florida Charter School Alliance issued the following news release: Today, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released the 2018-19 school and district grades, marking the 20th anniversary of Florida's A+ plan/school grades. Compared with last year, overall school grades were higher - including those at public charter schools where 74 percent scored an A or B, compared to 61 percent of district-run public schools. More than 100 charter schools improved thei  more

Florida Charter School Alliance: Viva Las Vegas - Inspiring Speakers, Charter Heroes, and Student Advocates Gather for the 2019 National Charter Schools Conference
MIAMI, Florida, July 7 -- The Florida Charter School Alliance issued the following news release: Last week, more than 5,000 charter school educators, principals, board members, and stakeholders from around the country gathered in Las Vegas for the National Charter Schools Conference. National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President Nina Rees kicked things off with call to action to continue to fight for quality charter schools. "The charter school movement is in a critical time in its his  more

Florida Farm Bureau: Honoring Legislators for Their Support of Farm Families
GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 11 -- The Florida Farm Bureau issued the following news: Each year, Florida Farm Bureau recognizes legislators for their support of Florida agriculture and Farm Bureau's legislative agenda. This year Farm Bureau's State Board of Directors has voted to select Sen. George Gainer and Rep. James Grant as the organization's Legislators of the Year. The board has also named 16 other legislative leaders as Champions for Agriculture. Farm Bureau's Legislators of the Year a  more

Food For The Poor Wins USAID Grant for Guatemala Hospital
COCONUT CREEK, Florida, July 11 -- Food for the Poor issued the following news release: Food For The Poor has received its third grant from the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program. The grant will be used to buy much-needed state-of-the-art medical equipment for Children's Hospital Juan Pablo II in Mixco, Guatemala. These upgrades will improve the sustainability of the hospital, in addition to improving the treatment   more

Freedom From Religion Foundation, ACLU, AU Win Fla. Atheist Invocation Case
MADISON, Wisconsin, July 8 -- The Freedom From Religion Foundation issued the following news release: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today unanimously ruled that the Brevard County, Fla., Commissioners' policy of using religious beliefs to determine who can offer invocations at public meetings is unconstitutional, discriminatory and a violation of religious freedom. The ruling came in the case Williamson v. Brevard County, which was brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Ame  more

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than $2.9 Million Through Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grants
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 12 -- Enterprise Florida issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $2.9 million in funding for military-related programs through the Defense Infrastructure Grant Program and the Defense Reinvestment Grant Program, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). These grants provide funding to defense-dependent communities to support advocacy and military community relations. "As a veteran, I know the val  more

HaysMed Cardiologist Presents at International Conference
HAYS, Kansas, July 9 -- Hays Medical Center issued the following news: Dr. Byungsoo Ko, Cardiologist and Director of the Cardiovascular Cathertization Laboratory at HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System, recently presented at the C3 (Complex Cardiovascular Catheter Therapeutics: Advanced Endovascular and Coronary Intervention Global Summit) international conference. The conference was held in Orlando, Florida. The C3 Conference is specifically designed for physicians who spec  more

Humane Society: Reward Offered in Stabbing Death of Dolphin in Florida
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- The Humane Society of the United States issued the following news release: The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the stabbing death of a bottlenose dolphin in Southwest Florida. The Case: On May 24, the National Marine Fisheries Service responded to a report of a dead bottlenose dolphin in upper Captiva Island, Florida. Acco  more

IIA Announces Global Chairman and New Board for 2019-20
LAKE MARY, Florida, July 12 -- The Institute of Internal Auditors issued the following news release: The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the internal audit profession's most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications, announces the election of a newly structured Global Board of Directors for 2019-20, including veteran internal auditor J. Michael Joyce Jr., CIA, CRMA, as Global Chairman. The election was held during the organization's ann  more

Introducing the Shriners Hospitals for Children 2019-2020 National Patient Ambassadors
TAMPA, Florida, July 11 -- The Shriners Hospitals for Children issued the following news: Every year, Shriners Hospitals for Children selects two National Patient Ambassadors to represent the health care system's patients. The ambassadors spend the year sharing their stories of perseverance in the face of adversity, and the ways Shriners Hospitals for Children has made a dramatic difference in their lives. It is our pleasure to introduce you to our two new ambassadors for the 2019-2020 year, Ma  more

Marine Biology Journal Issues 17 Research Articles in July 2019 Edition
CHAM, Switzerland, July 9 -- Marine Biology, a journal that says it features contributions from all fields of marine biology, published 17 research articles on the following topics in its July 2019 edition: * A genomic assessment of movement and gene flow around the South Florida vicariance zone in the migratory coastal blacknose shark, Carcharhinus acronotus * Beyond tides: surge-dominated submersion regimes on rocky shores of central Chile * Changes in coral reef community structure in resp  more

Mark Friedlander Appointed as Insurance Information Institute Florida Communications Consultant
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, July 10 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release: Mark Friedlander, a seasoned insurance industry communications and marketing leader, has been appointed as the Insurance Information Institute's (I.I.I.) new Florida-based communications consultant. "Mark Friedlander is a well-respected insurance industry media spokesperson who will effectively serve our member companies throughout Florida," said Michael Barry, senior vice president and hea  more

National Newspaper Association to Honor Distinguished Community Leader With 2019 Amos Award
PENSACOLA, Florida, July 8 -- The National Newspaper Association issued the following news release: Reed Anfinson, publisher and owner of the Swift County Monitor-News in Benson, Minnesota, and the Grant County Herald in Elbow Lake, Minnesota, and partner in Quinco Press, Inc., a central printing plant that prints 36 publications, will be presented with the James O. Amos Award on Oct. 5, 2019, during the National Newspaper Association's 133rd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Milwaukee, Wiscons  more

National Newspaper Association to Honor Distinguished Community Leader With 2019 McKinney Award
PENSACOLA, Florida, July 8 -- The National Newspaper Association issued the following news release: Susan Rowell of Lancaster, South Carolina, will be honored during the National Newspaper Association's 133rd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she will be presented with the Emma C. McKinney Award at the association's business breakfast on Oct. 5, 2019. Recognized as the highest and most dignified tributes in community journalism, the Amos and McKinney awards are pres  more

New Foundation for Government Accountability Research Sets the Record Straight on Arkansas' Work Requirement Reporting Myths
NAPLES, Florida, July 12 -- The Foundation for Government Accountability issued the following news: New research from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) debunks the most common myths surrounding the reporting requirements for Arkansas' Medicaid work requirement. According to the report, the state made over a million individual communications to enrollees about the requirements, educating enrollees about what the requirement entailed and how they could report their work or volun  more

PETA: 'Whales & Dolphins Want Out'--New Ads Take Aim at SeaWorld Orlando
ORLANDO, Florida, July 11 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA Urges Mall Patrons to Stay Away From Captive Whale and Dolphin Displays * * * "Whales & Dolphins Want Out. Don't Support Captive Animal Shows." That's the message on new PETA ads that just went up at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores following the deaths of more than 40 orcas in the history of SeaWorld's parks and just weeks after PETA shared a new veterinary report assertin  more

PETA: Florida Agency Blasted Over Iguana-Killing Call
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 12 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA Says It Would Be Better to Ban Iguanas as 'Pets,' End Trade in Them, and Retract Recommendation That Homeowners Kill the Reptiles * * * After learning that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) advised people to kill green iguanas on their properties "whenever possible" and without specifying any particular killing methods, PETA dispatched a lette  more

Recap: Amateur Athletic Union Track and Field Primary Championships
ORLANDO, Florida, July 9 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news: 484 starting guns later and the Amateur Athletic Union put a cap on the AAU Track and Field Primary Championships. The two-day event saw 753 athletes, ranging from five years old to eight years. The meet consisted of 55m ,100m ,200m and 400m sprints, 800m and 1500m runs, 40m hurdles, long jump, shot put, turbo javelin and the triathlon, as well as the 4x1 and 4x4 relays. A total of 171 teams participated this year  more

Space Foundation: Preparing for Apollo - Pegasus
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, July 9 -- The Space Foundation issued the following news release: The Space Foundation's commemoration of the Apollo 11 mission continues with this article by Space Foundation Senior Analyst John Holst. One very early morning in May 1965, fire emerged from the Earth and disappeared into Florida's night sky. The fire, a Saturn I rocket launch plume, propelled an unmanned payload for NASA's Apollo program into space. There were genuine fears within NASA that if micro  more

Strong Support in Florida House District 42 for U.S. Term Limits
MELBOURNE, Florida, July 10 -- U.S. Term Limits issued the following news release: U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national, non-partisan movement to limit terms for elected officials, is gathering support from elected officials across Florida. Its mission is to advocate for term limits on all elected officials. Florida house candidate (district 42), Zane Matter, has committed to defend term limits in Florida by signing the term limits pledge. Most recently another candidate in the r  more

U.S. Olympic Committee Announces Best of June Honors for the Team USA Awards Presented by Dow
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, July 9 -- The U.S. Olympic Committee issued the following news release: Standout performances during June earned archer Brady Ellison (Globe, Arizona), taekwondo athlete Anastasija Zolotic (Largo, Florida) and the U.S. Women's National Rugby Sevens Team Best of June honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced today. Ellison captured his first world championship title in recurve in a one arrow shoot-off   more