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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday August 11, 2019 ( 44 items )  

ACLU of Florida: Groups File Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Block SB7066
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 3 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida issued the following news release: * * * - An analysis of 48 Florida counties shows fewer than one in five Floridians with past felony convictions would be eligible to vote under the new law * * * The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law filed a motion for preliminary injunction to block Senate Bill ("SB") 7066, a bill s  more

American Friends Service Committee: We Shut Down Homestead Child Detention Center!
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 3 -- The American Friends Service Committee issued the following news release: * * * - Government empties Florida facility of children following activist pressure * * * The last migrant children in the detention center in Homestead, FL have left. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) - a Quaker organization that has worked for immigrant and refugee rights for over 100 years - has led a campaign along with organizations in Florida and across the country to shut do  more

Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International: ASAP Implementations Continue at a Rapid Pace
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Aug. 8 -- The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International issued the following news: The Automated Secure Alarm Protocol Goes Live with the Charlotte County, Florida, Hamilton County, Ohio, and City of Bradenton, Florida,Emergency Communications Centers (ECCs) Charlotte County is the 53rd ECC in the United States and the 6th ECC in the state of Florida to implement the ASAP program. Charlotte County went live July 15 and July 16 with Vector Secur  more

Audubon Florida: President of Orlando's Orange Audubon Society Wins Prestigious William Dutcher Award
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Audubon Florida issued the following news release: During its biannual convention, the National Audubon Society awarded Floridian Deborah Green the William Dutcher Award for the Southeast at its biennial convention in Milwaukee. This prestigious award acknowledges conservation volunteers in Audubon whose creativity and leadership are a model for others. Green has been a champion in Central Florida for habitat protection and energy efficiency and has served for ten year  more

Baptist Health South Florida: Medical Oncologist Bruno Bastos, M.D., Joins Miami Cancer Institute
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Baptist Health South Florida issued the following news release: Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida, the state's only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, welcomes medical oncologist and clinical researcher Bruno Bastos, M.D., to its multidisciplinary team of cancer care specialists. Dr. Bastos specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary cancer, which includes the prostate, bladder, kidney, ureter and urethra. He ha  more

Brennan Center for Justice: Groups File Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Block SB7066
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 3 -- Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law issued the following news release: * * * - An analysis of 48 Florida counties shows fewer than one in five Floridians with past felony convictions would be eligible to vote under the new law * * * The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law filed a motion for preliminary injunction to block Senate Bill ("S  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Cuba Sentences Journalist Roberto Quinones to One-Year Prison Term
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 8 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: A municipal court of the Cuban city of Guantanamo yesterday sentenced Roberto Jesus Quinones, a contributor to the news website CubaNet, to one year in prison on charges of "resistance" and "disobedience," according to advocacy group Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and of the Press and media reports. On April 22, Cuban police beat and detained Quinones while he was covering a trial for CubaNet,   more

Dawn White Named Vice President of Government and Community Relations for Baptist Health South Florida
CORAL GABLES, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Baptist Health South Florida issued the following news release: Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in South Florida, today named Dawn White as its new Vice President of Government and Community Relations. She will assume her new role on September 3, 2019. White will provide strategic and operational leadership for government and community relations across the four counties served by Baptist Health - Monroe, Miami-Da  more

Earthjustice: Concerns Over High Electric Bills and the Environment Raised as State Holds Hearing on Low 10-Year Energy Efficiency Goals
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Earthjustice issued the following news release: * * * - Power Companies Propose Goals of Zero or Close to Zero for Efficiency, Drawing Concerns about higher electric bills from Ratepayers, Cities, Conservationists, Businesses * * * Community members, advocates, attorneys, and energy efficiency experts are convening in Tallahassee Monday in an effort to raise the ambition of the Florida Public Service Commission ("PSC") during its energy efficiency proceedings.  more

Fishermen's Community Hospital Awarded Laboratory Accreditation From The Joint Commission
MARATHON, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Fishermen's Community Hospital, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, issued the following news release: Fishermen's Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval(R) for Laboratory Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization's commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. Fishermen's underwent a rigorous, unan  more

Florida Moms Demand Action, Everytown Respond to Fatal Shooting of Transgender Woman in Miami
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: * * * - Shooting Took Place Just Days Before Mass Shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio - Kiki Fantroyis at Least the 13 Trans Person Killed Nationwide This Year, With at Least 11 Having Been Killed With a Gun; All 13 Were Black Women * * * The Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, release  more

Florida Realtors: Fla.'s Housing Market - Median Prices, Inventory Continue to Rise in 2Q 2019
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Florida Realtors issued the following news release: Continuing a trend from the first three months of the year, Florida's housing market reported higher median prices and rising inventory in 2Q 2019, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors(R). Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 85,017 in 2Q 2019, up 4.6% from the 2Q 2018 level. "Median sales prices for both existing single-family homes and for condo-townhouse properties r  more

Freedom for Immigrants: As Hunger Strikes Erupt Nationwide in ICE Detention, Immigrants Subjected to Retaliation and Excessive Force
OAKLAND, California, Aug. 6 -- Freedom for Immigrants issued the following news release: * * * - From Texas to Louisiana to Florida, detained individuals demand due process, an end to indefinite detention, and release to their families and community * * * Multiple hunger strikes are taking place in ICE jails and prisons across the country as the Trump administration detains over 55,000 immigrants in federal custody. Under the Trump administration, individuals are being held in custody for in  more

Journal of General Virology Issues 11 Research Articles in August 2019 Edition
LONDON, England, Aug. 7 -- The Journal of General Virology, a journal from the Microbiology Society that describes original research in virology, published 11 research articles, including the following topics, in its August 2019 edition: * A highly divergent hepacivirus-like flavivirus in domestic ducks * Codon optimization of G protein enhances rabies virus-induced humoral immunity * ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profile: Arenaviridae * ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profile: Artoviridae * ICTV Virus Taxonomy   more

Journal of Planning Education & Research Issues 18 Research Articles in September 2019 Edition
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The Journal of Planning Education and Research, a peer-reviewed journal that says it serves as a forum for planning educators and scholars (from both academia and practice) to present results from teaching and research that advance the profession and improve planning practice from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, published 18 research articles on the following topics in its September 2019 edition: * ACSP Distinguished Educator, 1998: Michael B.  more

Knight Foundation Invests $1.2 Million in Maynard Institute's New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Transformation Program
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 5 -- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation issued the following news release: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced $1.2 million in new funding for the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education to create an in-depth transformation program for news organizations to help them better inform underserved communities and establish more equitable and inclusive workplaces. With Knight Foundation's investment, Maynard will establish an Equity an  more

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: Groups File Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Block SB7066
NEW YORK, Aug. 3 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: * * * - An analysis of 48 Florida counties shows fewer than one in five Floridians with past felony convictions would be eligible to vote under the new law * * * The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law filed a motion for preliminary injunction to block Senate Bill ("SB") 7066, a bill signed by Gov.  more

National Defense Cover Garners APEX Award
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Aug. 5 -- The National Defense Industrial Association issued the following news release: National Defense, the monthly magazine of the National Defense Industrial Association, was among honorees of the 31st annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, chosen for its May 2018 cover, NDIA announced Aug. 5. The cover was designed by Creative Director Brian Taylor and features a special operator. The issue was themed around the annual Special Operations Forces Industry Confe  more

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: My Hospice Roundtable Event in Florida
SARASOTA, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization issued the following news release: The Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association and The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) today welcomed United States Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL) to a My Hospice Roundtable event hosted by Tidewell Hospice. Hospice leaders and professionals gathered to discuss the Medicare hospice care model as well as policy issues affecting access, availabili  more

Nemours Children's Primary Care to Open Practice in St. Cloud on August 12
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Nemours Foundation issued the following news release: While its Lake Nona-based Nemours Children's Hospital may be known for providing exceptional care for the region's children, one of Nemours' top priorities is to keep children healthy and out of the hospital. For that reason, the internationally recognized children's health system continues to expand its pediatric primary care network with the goal of helping to put its young patients on the path to a lifetime of   more

Nemours Foundation: Partnership Aims to Better Recognize Students Experiencing Homelessness
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Nemours Foundation issued the following news release: A partnership between the Camden City School District (CCSD), Nemours Children's Health System, and Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers has been funded with a $390,372 grant across two years from the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education to better identify, understand, and serve students who experience homelessness. The grant will fund research that uses information from dif  more

PEN America: University of Florida Settles Free Speech Suit With Conservative Student Group
NEW YORK, Aug. 6 -- PEN America issued the following news release: * * * - PEN America says outcome is important step in securing free expression on college campuses * * * The recent settlement of a federal lawsuit against the University of Florida is a reminder that campuses must be thoughtful in maintaining content-neutral policies towards speech, PEN America said in a statement today. On July 31, the University of Florida (UF) settled a federal lawsuit brought by a conservative student g  more

PETA: Will Pensacola Blue Wahoos Step Up to Plate, Become 'Sea Kittens' for a Night?
PENSACOLA, Florida, Aug. 5 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA Asks Team to Show Respect for Fish With Curveball Name Change * * * Today, PETA pitched an idea to the president of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos: Change the team's name to the "Pensacola Sea Kittens" for a night to help fans recognize that, just like the cats who share our homes, the blue wahoo and all other fish are important, have unique personalities, and deserve respect.  more

Recap: 2019 Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Aug. 7 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news: The 53rd AAU Junior Olympic Games is officially wrapped after 11 days of competition. This year, the games was the largest and most exciting yet. More than 15,000 participants traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina bringing friends, family, and tourists into the area. 17 different sports were featured, including Swimming, Sports Stacking, Karate and Trampoline and Tumbling. Additionally, the AAU's marque  more

Scripps Research Institute: Scientists Discover 'forgetting' Enzyme That Lops Brain Cell Branches
JUPITER, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The Scripps Research Institute issued the following news release: An enzyme called caspase 2 plays a key role in cognition by helping to remove unwanted connections, or synapses, between neurons in the brain, a new study from scientists at the Florida campus of Scripps Research suggests. This "synapse pruning" process, together with the opposing process in which new synapses are formed, underlies everyday learning as well as the healthy maturation of the brain durin  more

Shop! Environments Association: Easy Access Groceries Encourage At-home Cooking
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: More than half of U.S. adults claim they really enjoy cooking (53%) and more than a third consider the kitchen to be the most important room in the home (35%), according to data in the new report Eating Trends: Cooking & Food Shopping from market research firm Packaged Facts. These percentages are up compared to a decade ago. Packaged Facts found that most people who do not cook at home either have a lack   more

Shop! Environments Association: First Woman CEO Challenges Status Quo
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: Jessica Billingsley is determined not to be the only CEO of a NASDAQ-traded cannabis technology company for long. Since taking the helm of Akerna Corp. in June, Billingsley has been on dual missions: Expand the $72 billion company and encourage tech and cannabis companies to employ more women in leadership roles. "Women hold a smaller percentage of U.S. tech jobs than they did twenty-five years ago, and tha  more

Shop! Environments Association: Hamacher to Present Trends in Natural Beauty Webinar
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: Hamacher Resource Group (HRG) and Linkage Research & Consulting (Linkage) have teamed up to present a webinar detailing their recent research into the growth of natural beauty. The webinar, Consumer & Industry Trends Fueling Natural Beauty, will be presented at 1 p.m. on Aug. 21. Registration is open now here. The information presented will help both retailers and brands learn how to appeal to these natural  more

Shop! Environments Association: Home Pureplay Start-ups Face Long-term Challenges
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: Stellar sales growth and significant potential have long been synonymous with home startups that have online-only or phone-order business models, fueling high early valuations for these retailers. Known as pureplay retailers, these companies have increased their share of the furniture market by 2.6 percentage points between 2016 and 2019, making it the fastest-growing channel over this period, accounting for  more

Shop! Environments Association: In China, Ice Cream Becoming Year-round Treat
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: Gone are the days when consumers viewed ice cream as just a summer treat; instead, it is now seen as an indulgent treat that can be eaten year-round. Latest research from the world's leading market intelligence agency Mintel shows that more than half (56%) of urban Chinese respondents who are consumers of ice cream eat it to treat or indulge themselves. Mintel research reveals that the ice cream shops marke  more

Shop! Environments Association: Omnichannel High on Consumers' Wish Lists
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: No matter their age, gender, or location, consumers around the world agree that when it comes to brand interactions, personal, trusted, and reliable omnichannel engagement is the preferred option and choice, according to the recently released study Critical Channels of Choice: Meeting the Customer Expectation for Omnichannel Relationships. Over 85% of the 2,000 global consumers surveyed by the Chief Marketi  more

Shop! Environments Association: Richardson to Lead Identity Group
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: Architectural sign and visual decor company Identity Group of Nashville has hired Sam Richardson as the new president and CEO. Richardson has replaced Brad Wolf after a solid five-year run leading the business. Identity Group is a U.S. market leader in manufacturing commercial signs and visual decor for the hospitality, lodging, and grocery business, to name a few. Identity Group also has a healthy Office P  more

Shop! Environments Association: Shopping for Bras - Comfort Over Sexiness
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: Comfort and support continue to be the top influencers when women in the U.S. are choosing which bras to purchase for themselves, according to The Bra Evolution, a new report from The NPD Group. The perception that a bra 'is sexy' is much less important, ranking eighth on the list of purchase influencers. "The enduring athleisure movement clearly expresses that comfort is king for today's apparel consumer,"  more

Shop! Environments Association: Students Conduct AI Experiments With Retailers
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: Northwestern University faculty and graduate students are working closely with retailers on leading-edge AI experiments. The Retail Analytics Council's Retail AI Independent Study Program offers graduate students a unique opportunity to learn about advanced AI applications and be exposed to the retail industry, as well as to potential employers looking to hire talented students after graduation. "In additio  more

Shop! Environments Association: Toronto Welcomes World's Largest Sticker Store
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Shop! Environments Association issued the following news: StickerYou announces the launch of the world's largest sticker store in Toronto, Canada. The brainchild of the Toronto e-comm startup and customized die-cut sticker company, The Store features a unique, 3-story high sticker-bombed design on the storefront installed in collaboration with applied sciences giant 3M. The Store will also have a variety of attractions such as the custom experience center where cu  more

Sierra Club: Tenth Florida City Commits to 100 Percent Clean Energy
SATELLITE BEACH, Florida, Aug. 7 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: * * * - Satellite Beach becomes first Brevard County city to join the Sunshine State's renewable movement * * * Today, the City Council of Satellite Beach unanimously passed a resolution committing the city to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy for the entire community by 2050 and for municipal operations by 2032. Satellite Beach becomes the first city in Brevard County and the tenth city in  more

Southwest Florida Community Foundation: On the Table Southwest Florida to Create Connections and Conversations Throughout Region on Oct. 17
FORT MYERS, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Southwest Florida Community Foundation issued the following news release: On Thursday, October 17, 2019, people from across Southwest Florida will take part in a single day of conversation about the community and their role in it during On the Table(R) Southwest Florida. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is putting a call out to residents to host gatherings in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. "This is a unique region-wide opportunity   more

Sysco South Florida Workers Vote 'Teamsters Yes'
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued the following news release: Sysco workers notched another union election victory today after 130 warehouse workers voted for Teamsters Local 769 representation. The workers join 132 drivers at Sysco South Florida who won their election to join the union in February. Travis McCrea, 35, a forklift putaway worker, said increasing insurance costs and the company's two-year anti-union campaign in the warehouse drove him and  more

The Asia Foundation Launches Education Project in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 6 -- The Asia Foundation issued the following news: The Asia Foundation, in partnership with RTI International, SIL LEAD, and Florida State University, is implementing the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines project (ABC+). The ABC+ project is designed to improve education outcomes and access to quality education for children in Bicol and Western Visayas by supporting the Department of Education (Dep  more

The Buckeye Institute: Ohio's Experience With Medicaid Expansion Should Raise Red Flags for Florida
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 7 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: Greg R. Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, testified Monday (see full text below or download a PDF) before the Florida Financial Impact Estimating Conference on the financial estimates and impacts of Medicaid expansion. In 2020, Florida voters will vote on a constitutional amendment that will expand Medicaid to cover healthy, able-bodied adults with no children. Drawing on the lessons learned in O  more

Truckload Carriers Association: Husband, Wife Team Help Rescue Motorist From Fiery Crash
KISSIMMEE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The Truckload Carriers Association issued the following news: Ed and Tracy Zimmerman of Kenesaw, Nebraska, a husband and wife team who drive for Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc. of Dubuque, Iowa, have been named Highway Angels, in recognition of their selfless courage in racing to pull a trapped motorist from his burning vehicle. The duo left fear behind them one Saturday morning when they came upon a horrific accident. Tracy was at the wheel as Ed slept in the back.   more

U.S. Olympic Committee Announces Best of July Honors for Team USA Awards Presented by Dow
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Aug. 5 -- The U.S. Olympic Committee issued the following news release: Standout performances during June earned swimmer Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Florida), diver Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Arizona) and the U.S. Women's World Cup Soccer Team Best of July honors for Team USA Awards presented by Dow. Dressel earned a record eight podium finishes at the world championships in Gwangju, South Korea, including six gold medals. He won three golds in a single night   more

United Negro College Fund Orlando to Host 12th Annual 5K Walk for Education, Celebrating 75 Years
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 8 -- The United Negro College Fund issued the following news release: During the past 75 years, UNCF has helped nearly half a million students earn college degrees. As it marks such a major milestone, UNCF will continue its work at the 12th annual UNCF Walk for Education at 7 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Rees Ave. in Orlando. Members of the community and friends of UNCF are invited to take part in helping Orlando students get the coll  more

United We Dream: Florida Must Close the Camps
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 9 -- United We Dream issued the following news release: * * * - Several immigrant youths held at the Homestead Camp have reunited with their families but concentration camps remain open. * * * Early this week, news surfaced that many of the children and youth held at the Homestead Concentration Camp have been reunited with family and all those remaining have been relocated. Those who have been transferred are at unknown facilities and the Homestead Camp remains open for   more