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State Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday August 11, 2019 ( 86 items )  

#NotOneMore: Fla. State Sen. Stewart Re-Files Gun Safety Legislation After Weekend of Violence
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 5 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release: Keeping a commitment first made after the massacre at Pulse Nightclub, state Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) on Monday re-filed legislation banning assault weapons in Florida. "The weekend tragedies in El Paso and Dayton served as a horrific reminder of the massive damage these weapons of war can inflict in just seconds," said Stewart. "We witnessed this first hand at Pulse and at Parkland. Mental health may pl  more

Accelerating Excellence: Miami-Dade County Public Schools Unveils Bold Programs for 2019-2020 District Goes Greener
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Miami-Dade County Public Schools issued the following news release: Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) students, parents and employees will begin the school year with more than 130 new programs and initiatives designed to continue the innovation, academic rigor, parental engagement, and increased efficiencies in operations, for which M-DCPS has garnered national recognition. As in years past, emphasis was also placed on pushing boundaries related to green and su  more

Broward County Public Schools: Plantation Middle School and Western High School Selected by the U.S. Department of State to Host Teachers From China
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release: * * * - Teacher of Mandarin Chinese to Lead Classes for the 2019/20 School Year * * * Congratulations to Plantation Middle School and Western High School for being selected to host teachers from China as part of the Teachers of Critical Language Program by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The schools are two of only 28 that have won a nationwide compe  more

Captain Allen Thompson to Receive Distinguished Award at Port Tampa Bay's Annual Anchor Ball
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Port Tampa Bay issued the following news: Captain Allen Thompson has recently been named the 2019 winner of the Captain James McKay Port Achievement Award. This annual award recognizes an individual for their long-time service and commitment to the maritime industry of the Ports of Tampa Bay. Captain Thompson will be formally presented with this award at the 2019 Anchor Ball, a signature event hosted by Port Tampa Bay, Tampa Port Ministries and the Tampa Bay Maritime S  more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Carnival, a leisure travel company, issued the following news release: In accordance with Carnival Corporation & plc's (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) previously announced Share Repurchase Programme, Carnival Corporation & plc announces that Carnival plc has purchased: Shares purchased: Carnival plc ordinary USD 1.66 shares Date of purchase: 05 August 2019 Number of shares purchased: 100,000 shares Highest price paid per share: 3548.0 pence Lowest price paid per share:  more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Carnival, a leisure travel company, issued the following news release: In accordance with Carnival Corporation & plc's (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) previously announced Share Repurchase Programme, Carnival Corporation & plc announces that Carnival plc has purchased: Table omitted. To view table click here: (http://www.carnivalcorp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=200767&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2406088) Following the above purchases, and including shares which have been purchased but   more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Carnival, a leisure travel company, issued the following news release: In accordance with Carnival Corporation & plc's (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) previously announced Share Repurchase Programme, Carnival Corporation & plc announces that Carnival plc has purchased: See table here (http://www.carnivalcorp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=200767&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2406360) Carnival plc intends to hold these shares in treasury Following the above purchases, and including shares w  more

Carnival Cruise Line Enhances Popular Hub App to Include Comprehensive Day-By-Day Schedule of Youth Activities
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Carnival Cruise Line, a part of Carnival, issued the following news release: * * * - Centralized Area on App Now Features Details on Age-Specific Youth Programs as well as Family-Friendly Programming * * * Continuing to help families make the most of their vacations, Carnival Cruise Line has updated its popular HUB App to include a comprehensive day-by-day schedule of onboard youth programming and activities with the ability to "like" favorites to receive reminders  more

Carnival Plc - Voting Rights and Capital
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Carnival, a leisure travel company, issued the following news release: In accordance with the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on 31 July 2019 Carnival plc had 217,345,643 issued ordinary shares of US$1.66 each admitted to trading. Carnival plc holds 29,733,703 ordinary shares in Treasury. Although Carnival plc has 187,611,940 issued and outstanding ordinary shares, the 24,901,144 ordinary shares held by Carnival Investments Limited a  more

Citrus County Names New Assistant County Administrator
INVERNESS, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Citrus County issued the following news release: Citrus County has named Steven Lachnicht, AICP, MPA as the new Assistant County Administrator. Lachnicht was unanimously confirmed by the County Commission on July 23rd and began his new position on Monday, July 29, 2019. Steve is a professional planner certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners with over 25 years of experience in comprehensive planning and land development. Steve is also a Certified  more

Citrus County Receives Award for Its Budget
INVERNESS, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Citrus County issued the following news release: The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has announced the Citrus County Management & Budget Office is receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. In order to receive the budget award, the organization had to publish a budget document that meets nationally recognized criteria as a policy document, as a financial plan, as an operations  more

Crowley Maritime: Promotions, Alignment Drive Growth in Government Services
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Crowley Maritime, a provider of marine solutions, energy and logistics services, issued the following news release: Crowley Maritime Corp. today announced new leaders in its Solutions group to support the continuing focus and growth in its government service offerings. This enhanced alignment will leverage commercial best practices in the transportation, energy and technology sectors to drive innovation and value for customers in the public sector. * Chris Goss  more

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Plans Expansion of Its Research Park Through Partnership With Space Square
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University issued the following news: With a goal to promote high-paying jobs, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Tuesday, Aug. 6, announced plans to expand its successful Research Park and advance innovation in Volusia County by establishing a presence within the new Space Square aerospace hub. The plan sprang from the highly collaborative economic development efforts of Embry-Riddle, Space Square, Team Volusia, Space Florida an  more

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Urban Drone Flights Over Kosovo Offer Rare Insights
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Aug. 6 [TNSscienceresearch] -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University issued the following news: To support safe drone deliveries and "air taxi" flights over cities, Embry-Riddle researchers recently leveraged a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) to map atmospheric conditions close to the Earth's surface - a project believed to be the first of its kind. The study, offering a rare opportunity to fly drones through "urban canyons" such as building-lined streets, probably w  more

FAMU-Florida State University College of Engineering Recognized Nationally for Diversity, Inclusion Efforts
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Florida State University issued the following news: The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering earned a Bronze award and Exemplar status from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) in the inaugural year of the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program. The college is one of only two engineering programs in Florida to earn the distinctions. "This is a fantastic achievement for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering," said Maurice Edington, provost and vice presiden  more

First Ever Non-Stop Scheduled Service to Munich From Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Orlando International Airport issued the following news release: For the first time ever, the home of Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany will be just one non-stop flight away from Orlando. Starting in April of 2020 you will be able to travel to Bavaria with three times-a-week service by Eurowings, an airline of the Lufthansa Group. Benefitting from Lufthansa's vast feeder network of the Munich hub, the new service offers new connections to hundreds of destinations across f  more

Fla. A.G. Moody Urges More Treatment Options to Fight Opioid Crisis
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody today urged Congress to remove federal barriers that are preventing health care providers from offering more treatment options for patients suffering from opioid use disorder. Attorney General Moody is joined by 39 other states' attorneys general in this nationwide effort to help expand treatment options for people fighting addiction. Attorney General Ashley Mo  more

Fla. A.G. Moody, Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department Launch #SteerClearOfFraudOAG Campaign
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles today launched the #SteerClearOfFraudOAG campaign. The weeklong consumer awareness campaign is designed to warn Florida drivers about various types of automotive fraud. To kick off the campaign, leadership from FLHSMV joined Attorney General Moody in Jacksonville to announce more than a million doll  more

Fla. A.G. Moody: Heroin Traffickers Sentenced to Decades in Prison
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody today announced lengthy prison sentences for two heroin traffickers. Attorney General Moody's Office of Statewide Prosecution secured the sentencing of Marcos Deems and Sean McCann for their roles in a heroin trafficking operation. Deems and McCann were each convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit trafficking in heroin. Wednesday, Lee County Circuit Judge  more

Fla. A.G. Moody: Mastermind of a Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody's Office of Statewide Prosecution secured a 24-year prison sentence for one of the masterminds of a million-dollar investment scheme. In May, A Broward County jury found John A. Cavallo, Jr. guilty on charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, fraudulent transactions, multiple degrees of grand theft and money laundering. The charges stem from an  more

Fla. Agriculture Department Issues Statement on Chinese Government Announcement to Halt Agricultural Imports
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following statement by Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried: Last night, the Chinese government announced it will halt purchases of U.S. agricultural products, in response to President Donald Trump's escalation of his trade war with China. Financial markets reacted with shock, calling it "massive...on a scale of 1 to 10, it's an 11." Earlier this year, China imposed 25 percent tariffs on many A  more

Fla. Agriculture Department Issues Statement on Shootings in Dayton, El Paso
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 4 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following statement by Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio that left 30 dead: "We are the only nation where murderers and the mentally ill can access weapons of war capable of causing mass deaths in seconds. "These tragedies don't happen anywhere else. "We must take action to stop the cycle of hate-fueled violence. "Otherwise, our c  more

Fla. Chief Financial Officer Patronis Attends Florida TaxWatch 2019 Productivity Awards
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 8 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis attended the Florida TaxWatch 2019 Productivity Awards today and accepted an award on behalf of the Department of Financial Services for response efforts related to Hurricane Michael. CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Almost 10 months ago, Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle. Immediately following the storm, we had boots on the grou  more

Fla. Gov. DeSantis Announces Nearly $13 Million Awarded Through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan for Agricultural Producers
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $13 million has been awarded through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan for agricultural producers. More than 70 applications have been approved from farmers in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties. "We remain committed to utilizing all available  more

Fla. Gov. DeSantis Announces New VISIT FLORIDA Eco and Sustainable Travel Hub
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, in an effort to promote tourism and visitation to the Sunshine State, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the launch of a new VISIT FLORIDA eco-friendly travel hub on VISITFLORIDA.com. The hub features tips and resources for green, sustainable travel throughout the state. Visitors can find information about environmentally friendly attractions, activities, dining, transportation, and lodging - an  more

Fla. Gov. DeSantis Joins State Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, South Florida Water Management District in Python Removal Efforts in Everglades
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis joined the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to announce new efforts to remove pythons from the Greater Everglades. The Governor was joined by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein, FWC Commission Executive Director Eric Sutton and SFWMD board member  more

Fla. Senate President Galvano Appoints Sen. Bradley to the Industrial Hemp Advisory Council
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Florida Senate President Bill Galvano issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Bradley and former Senator Grimsley to represent the Senate * * * Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointments of Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) and former Senator Denise Grimsley to represent the Senate on the Industrial Hemp Advisory Council. "I am honored that Senator Bradley and former Senator Grimsley will represent the  more

Fla. Senate President Galvano Appoints Senator Torres to Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame Council
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release: Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today appointed Senator Victor Torres (D-Kissimmee) to the Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame Council. The seven-member Council is tasked with making nominations for induction into the Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame. "I am pleased to appoint Senator Torres to the Florida Veterans' Hall of Fame Council. Not only is Senator Torres a proven advocate for veterans' issues, b  more

Fla. State Sen. Bracy Calls for Study of Ocoee Massacre & Seeks Compensation for Descendants of Its Victims
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 5 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release: State Senator Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee), has filed legislation that would grant just compensation to those descended from victims of "The Ocoee Massacre", which took place in Ocoee, FL on Election Day in 1920. The bill, SB 8, will be informed by the findings of a formal study conducted through the Florida Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability (OPPAGA). The research, which has b  more

Florida A&M University-FSU College of Engineering Recognized Nationally for Diversity, Inclusion Efforts
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Florida A&M University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering earned a Bronze award and Exemplar status from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) in the inaugural year of the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program. The college is one of only two engineering programs in Florida to earn the distinctions. "This is a fantastic achievement for the FAMU-FSU College of Enginee  more

Florida A.G. Moody's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Arrests Individuals in Senior Exploitation Sweep
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit conducted an exploitation sweep this week that resulted in the arrest of four individuals who exploited seniors and disabled individuals. The sweep involved three separate investigations based on referrals from the Florida Department of Children and Families Adult Protective Services. All defendants used exploited funds for personal  more

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Took Licensure Action Against Six Providers, 13 Additional Providers Suspended or Terminated From the Medicaid Program
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 8 -- The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration issued the following news release: The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) issued final orders to five providers for failure to meet licensure requirements during the month of June. There was one final order to revoke an existing license, three final orders to deny license renewals, and one final order for a license surrender. Some of these providers were enrolled in the Medicaid program, and the Agency  more

Florida Attorney General Issues Weekly Briefing on Aug. 9
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following weekly briefing: Automotive fraud scams drivers out of their hard-earned money and makes our roadways less safe. Nationwide, odometer rollbacks alone are responsible for an estimated $1 billion in lost value annually. These illegal rollbacks also prevent drivers from pursuing important maintenance and service work necessary to keep vehicles running safely. To curb automotive fraud in Florida, this week,   more

Florida Blue Medicare Contracts With the Villages Health to Provide More Medicare Advantage Options to the Villages Residents
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 5 -- The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida issued the following news release: Florida Blue is expanding its relationship with The Villages Health to include Florida Blue Medicare Advantage members. The Villages Health is a multi-specialty health care provider group primarily serving residents of The Villages community, one of the nation's largest retirement communities. The expansion will allow The Villages Health to better serve the community and achieve its mission  more

Florida Democratic Party Calls on Republicans to Add Stops or Cancel Farce of a Tour
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: After Joe Gruters, the Chair of the Republican Party of Florida, issued a press release trumpeting an Immigration Listening Tour, Florida Democrats do the math. RPOF is holding a tour in cities that are majority white and Republican -- ignoring immigrant communities in Florida. "After demonizing Florida's Hispanic immigrant communities by pushing a divisive anti-immigrant agenda, Senator Joe Gruters has gon  more

Florida Democratic Party Continues to Expand Presence With Purchase of New Office
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: The Florida Democratic Party makes a bold statement that they will be maintaining a permanent presence in Tallahassee with the purchase of a new office space. On August 9, the Florida Democratic Party announced the purchase of new office space for the party in Tallahassee. The space is situated in the heart of downtown Tallahassee in the Historic Exchange Bank Building, which is just blocks away from the Ca  more

Florida Democratic Party Issues Statement on Shootings in El Paso, Dayton
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 4 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following statement by Chair Terrie Rizzo on the El Paso and Dayton shooting tragedies: "Today, we join families grieving the lost lives of their loved ones in the tragedies of El Paso and Dayton. These tragedies keep reminding us why we can't wait longer to stop gun violence, hate, and racism in our communities. "We have a white nationalist terror problem made worse by a President who normalizes white nationalism. "And w  more

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces Extension of Application Deadline for $75 Million Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity issued the following news: Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the extension of the deadline for local governments in communities impacted by Hurricane Irma to apply for grant funding through the $75 million Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program. The original application deadline of August 15, 2019, has been extended to October 1, 2019. Grant funding can be used by local gove  more

Florida Economic Opportunity Department: Gov. DeSantis Joins Charter Communications for Kick Off of Spectrum's Inaugural Apprenticeship Program
RIVERVIEW, Florida, Aug. 8 -- The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity issued the following news: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis joined Charter Communications for the kick off of Spectrum's Inaugural Apprenticeship Program. The Governor was joined by Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Executive Director Ken Lawson and Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Richard Corcoran. "I'm excited to and join Charter as they kick off the roll out of their Broadband Field Technician Apprenti  more

Florida First Lady DeSantis Announces Installation of Telehealth Portals to Provide Mental Health Services in Northwest Florida Schools
PANAMA CITY, Florida, Aug. 8 -- First Lady Casey DeSantis, R-Florida, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the installation of telehealth portals in 63 public schools throughout six counties in Northwest Florida to provide mental health services to students still recovering from Hurricane Michael. Receiving the portals are Bay, Gulf, Calhoun, Jackson, Liberty and Franklin counties, and all portals will be fully installed by the start of the sc  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Addresses Health Care Professionals at the Florida Health Care Association's Annual Conference
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis addressed nurses, doctors and health care providers from across the state at the Florida Health Care Association's Annual Conference. The Governor highlighted several health care priorities and initiatives his administration has undertaken since assuming office in January. "Since I've taken office, we have tackled a number of health care priorities, and we were fortunate to  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Charles Fischer to the Florida Building Commission
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Charles Fischer to the Florida Building Commission. Charles Fischer Fischer, of Lighthouse Point, is the president and owner of C.W. Fischer Electric, a company which has been in business since 1968. He is a State of Florida licensed Unlimited Electrical Contractor. He earned his bachelor's degree in construction management from the Unive  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Nichole Alvarez-Sowles as Pasco County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Nichole "Nikki" Alvarez-Sowles as Pasco County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. Ms. Alvarez-Sowles has been serving in this role as the Ad Interim Pasco County Clerk of the Court and Comptroller since July. "Nikki's commitment to serving the hardworking people of Pasco County shines brightest through her steady leadership and unwa  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Two to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Board of Trustees
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Matthew Kramer and Pamela Siguler to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Board of Trustees. Matthew Kramer Kramer, of St. Augustine, is an executive therapeutic specialist with Gilead Science, a pharmaceutical sales company. Previously, he was a territory specialist with Trans 1, a medical device sales company. Kramer and his wif  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Reappoints Llyod Freckleton to the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Llyod Freckleton to the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees. Llyod Freckleton Freckleton, of Flagler Beach, served for over 30 years with the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970-2004 and earned the rank of Colonel. As Commander of a military police battalion, Freckleton was involved with the restoration of democracy in Haiti. In 199  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Reappoints Stephen Swindal to the Tampa Port Authority
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Stephen Swindal to the Tampa Port Authority. Stephen Swindal Swindal, of Tampa, is the owner of Marine Towing of Tampa. He is also the owner and founder of Pan American Sports Group LLC, a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic that trains prospective major league players. Swindal is the former CEO of Bay Transportation and worked w  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Requests Florida Department of Law Enforcement Take Over Criminal Investigation of Jeffrey Epstein Matter
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis sent a request to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to take over the investigation pertaining to the Jeffrey Epstein matter following a letter from Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Assignment of this case from Palm Beach County to the State Attorney for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Additionally,   more

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Board of Medicine
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Dr. Zachariah Zachariah, Dr. Scot Ackerman and Dr. David Diamond to the Florida Board of Medicine. Dr. Zachariah Zachariah Zachariah, of Fort Lauderdale, is a cardiologist and internal medicine doctor. He is the Medical Director at UHealth Cardiology, Fort Lauderdale and a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Miami. He recei  more

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Joins Charter Communications for Kick Off of Spectrum's Inaugural Apprenticeship Program
RIVERVIEW, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis joined Charter Communications for the kick off of Spectrum's Inaugural Apprenticeship Program. The Governor was joined by Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Executive Director Ken Lawson and Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Richard Corcoran. "I'm excited to join Charter as they kick off the roll out of their Broadband Field Technician Apprenticeship progra  more

Florida Institute of Technology: Fiske Guide - Florida Tech a 'Top Technical Institute'
MELBOURNE, Florida, Aug. 2 -- Florida Institute of Technology issued the following news: Florida Institute of Technology is again one of the "best and most interesting institutions in the nation," according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020. Additionally, the Melbourne-based university is the only Florida school, and one of just 17 nationwide, including MIT, Georgia Tech and Caltech, named to Fiske's list of Top Technical Institutes for engineering. That exclusive list contains universities   more

Florida International University: Emmy Award-Winning Producer Layne Batt Shares Path to Success
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: Alumnus Layne Batt '80 has been a part of the video broadcasting and production industry for more than 30 years. After graduating from FIU in 1980, Batt kick-started his career with WCIX TV Channel 6 and went on to ultimately earn a whopping 13 Emmy Awards for production. Ten years into his career, Layne established his own production company, Time Caps  more

Florida International University: Mentorship Program Supports Junior Faculty Applying for NIH Grants
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: The Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) at Stempel College recently graduated its first cohort as part of the Investigator Development Core Pilot Grant Program. Four junior faculty members completed the one-year program, which supports their research goals as they relate to addressing persistent and complex national health disparities issues.  more

Florida Museum of Natural History Receives NSF Grant to Lead Conservation Paleobiology Research Network
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Aug. 7 -- The Florida Museum of Natural History issued the following research news: The National Science Foundation awarded the Florida Museum of Natural History a $500,000 grant to develop a research coordination network for the emerging field of conservation paleobiology. Conservation paleobiology uses fossils and other archives of the past to shed light on how natural habitats may have looked before and after humans appeared. The fossil record can help researchers asse  more

Florida PSC Customer Meeting for Sebring Gas System
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 7 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) invites customers of Sebring Gas System, Inc. (Sebring Gas) to a customer meeting on Thursday, August 8, to discuss the utility's petition for a rate change. Customers can comment on Sebring Gas' proposed rates and any quality of service issues at the meeting. The last PSC staff-assisted rate case for this system occurred in 2004. Sebring Gas curr  more

Florida PSC Encourages Safety Awareness on National 811 Day
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 7 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following news release: Sunday, August 11, is National 811 Day. This year, the 8/11 date falls on a weekend when residents are more likely to be doing yard work--perfect timing for an 811 reminder. Before beginning any digging project, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) urges you to call 811 to have underground utility lines marked. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone   more

Florida State Sen. Galvano Appoints Azinger to Statewide Council on Human Trafficking Direct-Support Organization Board
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Florida Senate President Bill Galvano issued the following news release: Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointment of Ms. Toni Azinger of Bradenton to represent the Senate on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking Direct-Support Organization Board of Directors. "Human trafficking is a plague on our society, with wide-ranging impacts to communities and families across our state. Toni has a passion for helping children  more

Florida State University Employee Wins 2019 Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy Outstanding Mentor Award
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Florida State University issued the following news: For the past four years, Florida State University has participated in the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy (TFLA) to provide local teens with a summer employment experience. The TFLA program is sponsored by the City of Tallahassee, which partners with area organizations, businesses and colleges to provide summer jobs for more than 200 local youth, ages 15-19. The program is devoted to providing community high  more

Follow the Money: John James Leaves Michigan Again to Fundraise With Top Trump Fundraiser in Florida
LANSING, Michigan, Aug. 6 -- The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following news release: Today, Senate candidate John James is leaving Michigan once again to rub elbows with national Republican big money donors. This time he's in Florida at an event hosted by Judson Sapp, a member of President Trump's finance committee. The event comes just days after Trump sent a fundraising email on behalf of James' campaign, more proof that James' "https://michigandems.com/michigan-democratic-party-lau  more

GEICO Board Names Rinella VP for Florida Operations
CHEVY CHASE, Maryland, Aug. 8 -- GEICO, the Government Employees Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, issued the following news release: The GEICO Board of Directors has promoted Angela Rinella to vice president of the company's regional operations in Lakeland, Florida. Since 2017, Rinella had been based at GEICO corporate headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where she served as vice president in charge of GEICO's claims operations. Rinella began her GEICO career in 2002 as a   more

Georgia State University: Researcher Gets $3.2 Million Grant to Study Blended Learning Literacy Program in Juvenile Justice Schools
ATLANTA, Georgia, Aug. 7 [TNSeducationresearch] -- Georgia State University issued the following news release: Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development professor David Houchins has received a four-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Center for Special Education Research to study a blended learning literacy program in juvenile justice schools. Houchins will work with Rebecca Hines from the University of Central Florida and Deborah Reed from the University of Iowa  more

Greenberg Traurig Joins National Aircraft Finance Association
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce that global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has joined its professional network of aviation service providers. "NAFA members form a network of aviation finance services who diligently and competently operate with integrity and objectivity throughout the world. We're excited to welcome Greenberg Traurig to our growing organ  more

Hillsborough County: County Selects Projects for 2019 Historic Preservation Challenge Grants
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 7 -- Hillsborough County issued the following news: * * * - Program rehabilitates historic properties, promotes heritage tourism * * * A virtual building re-creation, restoration of a 1976 fire truck, and forensic paint analysis are among the 15 projects scheduled to receive $1.4 million in grants this year to support historic preservation and heritage tourism projects. The grants are offered through Hillsborough County's Historic Preservation Challenge Grant program. U  more

Hilton Grand Vacations Appoints Mark Melnyk as Vice President of Investor Relations
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Hilton Grand Vacations, a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide, issued the following news release: Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE: HGV) announces the appointment of Mark Melnyk as vice president of investor relations. Melnyk will oversee HGV's investor relations department, serving as a company liaison with investors and analysts, among others. He will be instrumental in maintaining a high level of transparency in HGV's communications with the investment community. "M  more

IHeartRadio Launches First Kid-Hosted Podcast During Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month
NEW YORK, Aug. 5 -- iHeartMedia issued the following news release: * * * - Produced by Hispanic Radio Legend Enrique Santos and Hosted by Kid Entrepreneurs Brandon Martinez and Sebastian Martinez, The "Are You Kidding Podcast" Will Feature On Air and TV Personalities John Leguizamo, Enrique Santos, Bobby Bones, Elvis Duran and Others * * * iHeartMedia, the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, has teamed up with South Florida based charity sock company, Are You Ki  more

Meet the 5 Members of University of Central Florida's 1st All-Female Cybersecurity Team
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The University of Central Florida issued the following news: * * * - The team, which is a part of the university's decorated Hack@UCF club, will be the only all-female squad to compete at the Wicked6 Cyber Games in Las Vegas this week. * * * By Jenna Marina Lee They range from sophomores to grad students, have worked for corporations such as Facebook and Amazon and dream of careers as professional hackers. They're UCF's first all-female cybersecurity competition  more

Miami-Dade County Public Schools: New Officers Welcomed During Schools Police Largest Swearing-In Ceremony
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 9 -- Miami-Dade County Public Schools issued the following news release: Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho was joined by School Board members, Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (M-DSPD) Chief Edwin Lopez, School Police officers and their families and friends for a swearing-in ceremony at Miami Senior High School. In addition to 45 new M-DSPD officers who were sworn in, 23 others were promoted for their steadfast commitment to p  more

Newmark Knight Frank Completes Sale of 69,100-Square-Foot Industrial Warehouse in Medley, Florida for $9.75 Million
NEW YORK, Aug. 5 -- Newmark Knight Frank, a division of BGC Partners, issued the following news release: * * * - Sale coincides with record demand for industrial product in South Florida * * * Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) announced today it completed the sale of a 69,100-square-foot freestanding industrial warehouse in Medley, Florida for $9.75 million. BRW Floors, Inc., a high-end hardwood flooring distribution business, sold the building to Black Creek Group, a Denver based real estate inves  more

Oregon State University: Researchers Take Key Step Toward Cancer Treatments That Leave Healthy Cells Unharmed
CORVALLIS, Oregon, Aug. 6 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Oregon State University issued the following news: Researchers have opened up a possible avenue for new cancer therapies that don't have the side effects that oftentimes accompany many current cancer treatments by identifying a protein modification that specifically supports proliferation and survival of tumor cells. Depending on the kind of cancer and the type of treatment, a patient might suffer from many side effects, including anemia, loss   more

Orlando International Airport CEO Recognized as Florida DOT Aviation Professional of the Year
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Orlando International Airport issued the following news release: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Chief Executive Officer Phil Brown has been named 2019 Aviation Professional of the Year by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The announcement was made this morning at the opening ceremony of the Florida Airports Council (FAC) annual conference in Fort Lauderdale. Every year, as part of its Aviation and Spaceports Awards Program, FDOT recognizes   more

Paramedic Team Wins American Medical Response Eighth Annual National Competition
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colorado, Aug. 7 -- The American Medical Response issued the following news release: David Gobey and Devin LaRocca won the American Medical Response (AMR) 2019 National Competition and "Best of AMR" title. The Tampa, Florida-based duo took home top honors after competing against five teams from across the U.S. in lifelike scenarios to test their clinical knowledge, caregiver skills, emergency medical services (EMS) safety practices and teamwork. "We are grateful for the oppo  more

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate Receives National Recognition for Exceeding Benchmarks
WINTER HAVEN, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Polk State College issued the following news: Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School recently received national recognition from Achieving the Dream, Inc. for exceeding all four benchmarks used to assess the performance of Gateway to College programs. This is Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate's first Program Excellence Award for succeeding in the areas of first-term success, fall-to-fall persistence, two-year persistence,   more

Princeton Review Recognizes Florida Southern College Among Nation's Best Colleges
LAKELAND, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Florida Southern College issued the following news: For the tenth consecutive year, Florida Southern College has been recognized in The Princeton Review's prestigious college guidebook. Only about 13 percent of America's 3,000 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, and Florida Southern's inclusion in the recently released 2020 edition of The Best 385 Colleges reinforces its standing as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education. "We sal  more

Raymond James Launches New Algorithmic Trading Platform
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Raymond James Financial issued the following news release: Raymond James has launched a new algorithmic trading platform for its institutional equities clients. Backed by state-of-the-art trading technology and a team of experienced senior-level electronic traders, the new product is known as Raymond James Electronic Trading or RJET. RJET contains a suite of 11 benchmarking and liquidity-seeking algorithms with additional algorithms to be added. The platform   more

Roper Technologies to Acquire IPipeline, Leading Provider of Cloud-Based Software Solutions for the Life Insurance Industry
SARASOTA, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Roper Technologies, a software designer and developer, issued the following news: Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ROP), a leading diversified technology company, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire iPipeline in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.625 billion. iPipeline's cloud-based software delivers award-winning solutions for the life insurance and annuity industries. iPipeline's suite of SaaS-based applications provides workflo  more

SFWMD Governing Board Votes to Significantly Expand Water Quality Monitoring in Northern Everglades Watersheds and Lake Okeechobee
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Aug. 8 -- The South Florida Water Management District issued the following news release: * * * - Increased monitoring will help achieve environmental restoration and protection goals set by Gov. Ron DeSantis * * * The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today voted to dramatically expand water quality monitoring within the Northern Everglades watersheds and Lake Okeechobee. These additional water quality measurements help to fulfill th  more

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Contributed More Than 7,000 Jobs to the Central Florida Area
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Disney World issued the following news release: With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge set for August 29, Walt Disney World Resort continues its position as being a "force" for Florida and the economy, contributing more than 7,000 jobs to the Central Florida region since the beginning of the project in 2016. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, totaling 14 acres, is the largest single-themed land created in a Disney Park. It transports Guests to the planet of Bat  more

Tampa Electric Helps Students Get Plugged Into Electric Vehicles
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 8 -- Tampa Electric issued the following news release: * * * - Hillsborough County has First Driver's Education Program in Florida - and One of the First in the Country -- to Include Electric Cars * * * The first electric vehicle to support Driver's Education in Florida was delivered to one Hillsborough County high school this week, thanks to a new program from Tampa Electric. Bloomingdale High School in Valrico is the first school to have a plug-in electric Nissan LEAF  more

Three Lee Health Hospitals Earn Highest Marks for Safe Infant Sleep
FORT MYERS, Florida, Aug. 5 -- Lee Health issued the following news release: Southwest Florida parents can rest easy knowing their infants are sleeping well at three Lee Health Certified Safe Sleep Champion hospitals. Cape Coral Hospital, Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida and HealthPark Medical Center recently earned the highest possible gold-level certification from the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program for their commitment to best practices and education on   more

University of Florida-Brechner Center for Freedom of Information: Imani Jackson Authors Guest Column on Florida Forever Funding for Fish Island
GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 8 -- The University of Florida's Brechner Center for Freedom of Information issued the following news: Imani Jackson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information legal fellow, is the author of "Fish Island Victory Reflects Interest Convergence" published in the St. Augustine Record on Aug. 3. Jackson focuses on recently approved Florida Forever preservation funding for Fish Island, an undeveloped waterfront p  more

University of Florida: 'Teach-Back' Technique Can Reduce Hospital Visits
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Aug. 5 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Florida issued the following news: At a typical doctor visit, the physician does most of the explaining. But a new study shows that when certain patients "teach back" a doctor's instructions, they're less likely to wind up in the hospital. In the study, people living with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease -- conditions that can result in hospital visits if not managed effectively at home or with a patie  more

University of Florida: Virtual Humans Boost Mental Health Recovery
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Aug. 6 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Florida issued the following news: Humans are social creatures, but some things are just hard to talk about. For many people, mental health is one of those things. But what if you can't talk about something where the leading treatment is talk therapy? Maybe try speaking to someone who's not human. Benjamin Lok, a professor in the computer and information science and engineering department at the University of Florida, has   more

University of Florida: We've Been Trapping and Sterilizing Stray Cats for Decades. Does It Work?
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Aug. 7 [TNSscienceresearch] -- The University of Florida issued the following news: Programs that trap, neuter and return free-roaming cats to where they came from can be controversial, pitting wildlife advocates against cat lovers. But a collaboration between cat welfare advocates, veterinary scientists and wildlife biologists suggests that when sterilization efforts reach 75% of the colony, overall numbers will decrease over time, while preventable cat deaths can be redu  more

University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine: Sylvester Receives Trailblazer Award From Miami Chamber
MIAMI, Aug. 9 -- The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine issued the following news: The Mary Brickell Trailblazer Award, named after one of Miami's founders, is given by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to those at the forefront of achieving something significant, a leader in their field. On August 7 that award was presented to Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., on behalf of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Sylvest  more

University of Miami-Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science: Scientists Shine Spotlight on Glowing, Glowing, Gone Campaign
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 8 [TNSscienceresearch] -- The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science issued the following news: * * * - UM coral scientists help raise awareness of global coral bleaching * * * Scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science are adding their voices and social media presence to amplify the Glowing, Glowing, Gone campaign, designed to raise awareness and inspire action on global coral bleachi  more

University of South Florida-St. Petersburg: Students Conduct Summer Research on Local Air Quality
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 8 [TNSscienceresearch] -- The University of South Florida's St. Petersburg Campus issued the following news release: Unlike sprawling metro areas like Los Angeles and New York City, southwest Florida is often lauded for its air quality. The sunny, breezy environment seems to fill our air with freshness. Two USF St. Petersburg undergraduate students spent this summer seeing if that characterization holds true, studying the health of our air in the Tampa Bay Area. W  more

Volusia County: Mandatory Workshops Set for ECHO Grant Program
DELAND, Florida, Aug. 6 -- Volusia County issued the following news release: The Volusia County Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor Recreation (ECHO) Grants-in-Aid program is starting the 2019-2020 grant cycle with two workshops. Eligible applicants who wish to apply must attend at least one of these workshops: * 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand * 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, in the third  more