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State Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday September 08, 2019 ( 64 items )  

As Threat From Hurricane Dorian Changes, Tampa Electric Keeps Eye on Weather
TAMPA, Florida, Sept. 2 -- Tampa Electric issued the following news release: * * * - Tampa Electric Remains Vigilant for Potentially Severe Wind and Rain in Parts of Our Territory * * * As the threat to Tampa Bay from Hurricane Dorian diminishes, Tampa Electric has released the out-of-state line workers to enable them to help other utilities in the direct path of the storm. "Tampa Electric experts are keeping a close eye on the weather in case the storm again threatens us in coming days," s  more

Bank of America Provides $250,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Sept. 5 -- Bank of America, a financial institution, issued the following news release: * * * - 'We Recognize The Devastation Caused By Hurricane Dorian," Said Andrew Plepler, Bank of America's Global Head of Environmental, Social And Governance. "It Will Take The Collective Effort Of The Public, Private And Nonprofit Sectors To Address The Enormity of This Challenge.' * * * Bank of America today announced that it is providing $250,000 to the American Red Cross to   more

City of Tallahassee: Free Two-Day Grant Writing Workshop
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 5 -- The city of Tallahassee issued the following news release: The City of Tallahassee, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will offer a two-day grant writing workshop on September 19-20. This workshop will help those who work in the fields of housing, development and redevelopment learn the basics of grant writing, as well as finding and applying for grants related to Housing and Urban Development programs. The Capacity   more

David A. Lemery Named University of Massachusetts-Amherst AFROTC Commander
AMHERST, Massachusetts, Sept. 4 -- The University of Massachusetts's Amherst campus issued the following news: Lieutenant Colonel David A. Lemery has been named the University of Massachusetts Amherst Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 370 Commander. Lemery is a distinguished graduate of the AFROTC Detachment at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering, graduating cum laude. He went on to receive a master of business adm  more

Dr. Diedra Hayman Joins the Faculty of Indiana University-Purdue University-Columbus's Graduate Program in Mental Health Counseling
COLUMBUS, Indiana, Sept. 4 -- Indiana University-Purdue University's Columbus Campus issued the following news: Dr. Diedra Hayman will join the faculty of the IUPUC Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program as a Clinical Assistant Professor and the program's Director of Clinical Training. A licensed Health Service Provider in Psychology in the state of Indiana, Hayman earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida. She completed her pred  more

Duke Energy Has Nearly 6,500 Workers Ready to Respond to Hurricane Dorian in Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Sept. 2 -- Duke Energy issued the following news release: Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) began planning for Hurricane Dorian in Florida more than a week ago and has put nearly 6,500 transmission and distribution personnel in place to support power restoration, which is nearly three times the typical number of crews in the state. This includes more than 4,300 transmission and distribution line personnel and more than 1,500 transmission and distribution vegetation management wo  more

Duke Energy Releases All Outside Crews in Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Sept. 4 -- Duke Energy issued the following news release: * * * - Plans to Resume Normal Business Operations in State - More Than 2,200 Duke Energy Florida Crews And Contractors Remain to Respond to Outages * * * Duke Energy today released all outside workers who traveled to Florida and were pre-staged to assist with Hurricane Dorian power restoration in the state. Duke Energy Florida's 2,200 crews and contractors are adequate to respond to any additional Hurricane  more

Eastman Chemical: Taminco Pace Operations Recognized for Best Practices
PACE, Florida, Sept. 5 -- Eastman Chemical issued the following news release: Taminco's manufacturing facility in Pace, Florida, recently received two prestigious recognitions for its commitments to energy management and continued operational improvements. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Taminco Pace Operations with the ENERGY STAR(R) Challenge for Industry for reducing the site's energy intensity by 16% within four years. By taking the ENERGY STAR Challenge, manufacturing   more

First Post-Hurricane Dorian Flight Lands at Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 4 -- Orlando International Airport issued the following news release: A Delta flight from Atlanta landed a little after noon today, marking the first passenger service at Orlando International Airport following a decision to cease commercial operations during Hurricane Dorian. Airline flight operations began phasing in earlier today, based on crew and aircraft availability for our more than 40-airline partners. The early-morning decision to resume normal operations at n  more

Florida A.G. Moody's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Arrests Individual for Abusing a Disabled Adult
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 5 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Leon County Sheriff's Office arrested an employee of a Tallahassee developmental center for abusing a disabled adult. Latessa C. Smith, 25, served as a direct support professional at the center. According to the investigation, Smith retrieved a belt from a closet and struck a disabled adult victim. The victim allegedly rece  more

Florida Agriculture Department Commissioner Fried Issues Statement on Decision to Use Tyndall AFB Fund for U.S.-Mexico Border Wall
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 4 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following statement by Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried in response to President Trump's decision to cut $17 million from Tyndall Air Force Base rebuilding efforts for a U.S.-Mexico border wall: "Florida was spared the brunt of Hurricane Dorian - only to be whacked by our own President. "Our military families deserve better. Floridians deserve better. Americans deserve better." Tyndall Ai  more

Florida Agriculture Department Commissioner Fried: Avoid Scams When Donating to Bahamas Relief
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 6 -- The of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: Following Hurricane Dorian's devastation of the Bahamas, Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried is encouraging consumers to avoid scams by donating to recovery and relief efforts through registered charities. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the regulatory agency for charities in the state of Florida. "To anyone thinking about defrauding Floridians with fake cha  more

Florida Attorney General Issues Weekly Briefing on Sept. 6
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 6 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following weekly briefing: Hurricane Dorian is a deadly storm, and thankfully Florida was spared a direct hit. But sadly, our friends in the Bahamas have experienced loss and devastation. Parts of the Bahamas were destroyed as Dorian hovered over the chain of islands for two days--lives were lost, and entire neighborhoods leveled. My heart breaks for the Bahamians and Floridians are already trying to help. Unfort  more

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis Updates on Hurricane Dorian Response
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 3 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is updating Floridians on Hurricane Dorian preparation and response efforts. Floridians are urged to call CFO Patronis' Insurance Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO for disaster preparedness insurance and financial assistance and to report post-storm fraud and scams. CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Hurricane Dorian is tr  more

Florida Democratic Party Chair Rizzo Issues Statement on Decision to Divert Florida Project Funds for Border Wall Construction
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 4 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following statement by Chair Terrie Rizzo after the decision from the Trump administration to divert more than $419 million from Florida and Puerto Rico projects to build the border wall: "While the people in Puerto Rico and the Panhandle are still waiting for the allocated funds to recover after Hurricanes Maria and Michael, Donald Trump is diverting money not only needed to recover from natural disasters, but also to reb  more

Florida Democrats Condemn Trump Administration for Sending Cubans Back to Cruel Regime
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 5 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: A report Thursday from the Miami Herald revealed that the Trump Administration deported 120 Cubans as part of the administration's anti-immigration plan. Florida Democrats released the following statement today: Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Juan Penalosa: "How will Trump explain his cruel decision of sending Cubans to the hands of a violent regime? It is shameful that Cubans like Marco Rubi  more

Florida Department of Financial Services: CFO Jimmy Patronis Updates on Hurricane Dorian Response Wednesday, September 4, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 4 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is updating Floridians on Hurricane Dorian preparation and response efforts. Floridians are urged to call CFO Patronis' Insurance Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO for disaster preparedness insurance and financial assistance and to report post-storm fraud and scams. HURRICANE DORIAN ADVISORIES & EXTENSIONS * Augu  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Encourages Vigilance, Hurricane Dorian Path Remains Uncertain
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 31 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis continued to monitor Hurricane Dorian's trajectory with state, local and national weather experts as the storm's path remains uncertain. The Governor continues to be in constant communication with Division of Emergency Management (DEM) Director Jared Moskowitz and county emergency management directors. "While the storm's path is generally more favorable compared to yes  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Highlights Key Florida Department and Agency Efforts During Hurricane Dorian
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 6 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis applauded the efforts of key Florida departments and agencies for their preparedness of and response to Hurricane Dorian as the storm approached and continued north along the East Coast. "I'd like to thank the hardworking men and women of the State of Florida for their efforts to ensure communities were prepared for Hurricane Dorian," said Governor DeSantis. "Floridian  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Holds Press Conference With FEMA Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 3 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Issues Update on Hurricane Dorian * * * Today, Governor Ron DeSantis met with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor, followed by a press conference to provide the media and public updates regarding Hurricane Dorian. The Governor has been in constant communication with President Donald Trump and FEMA officials since Hurricane Dorian began threatening  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Dorian
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 4 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Thanks First Responders and Emergency Management Officials * * * Today, as Hurricane Dorian traveled north along Florida's East Coast, Governor Ron DeSantis remained in constant communication with emergency management officials and State, national and local weather experts. Governor DeSantis also thanked county, local and emergency management officials for successfully preparing Florida   more

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Speaks With President Donald Trump, Shares Updates on Hurricane Dorian Preparedness
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 2 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, as Hurricane Dorian slowly moves away from the Bahamas, Governor Ron DeSantis is receiving constant updates from Division of Emergency Management (DEM) Director Jared Moskowitz and State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. This morning, the Governor spoke with President Donald Trump, who reiterated his full support for Florida. Governor DeSantis also participated in a conference call with the Federal  more

Francis Marion University Welcomes 22 New Faculty Members for 2019-20 Academic Year
FLORENCE, South Carolina, Aug. 26 -- Francis Marion University issued the following news: Francis Marion University welcomed 22 new faculty members to campus as the 2019-20 academic year began. The new faculty members come from universities across the country and around the globe, including the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Florida, and Texas A&M University. Here's a look at this year's incoming faculty: School of Business Dr. Scott Dell, assistant professor of Accounting, e  more

GEICO's CAT Team is Ready for Hurricane Dorian as Florida Governor Declares a State of Emergency
CHEVY CHASE, Maryland, Aug. 30 -- GEICO, the Government Employees Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, issued the following news release: GEICO's catastrophe team is ready to assist Floridians as Hurricane Dorian approaches. Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Wednesday, Aug. 28, stating, "Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water, and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster." Creating a disaster plan and preparing f  more

Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast Celebrates Grand Opening Party With Amy Search
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 4 -- Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos issued the following news release: Malaysia's rock legend Amy Search is set to headline Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast's grand opening celebrations on September 28, 2019, 7pm. The Grand Opening Party will feature Hard Rock's iconic guitar smashing ceremony, fireworks, live performances by Johorean rock star Amy Search, DJ Chinois, Emcees Terry Ong & Azura Zainal and live bands - Hydra, The Sharp 9 and Mira & Friends. Tickets to the event ar  more

Holland & Knight Earns Mansfield Certification Plus From Diversity Lab for Second Straight Year
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 3 -- Holland and Knight, a law firm, issued the following news release: Holland & Knight has achieved "Mansfield Certification Plus" status from the Diversity Lab for the second year in a row. The Mansfield Rule initiative is a program aimed at increasing the number of women, minority and LGTBQ+ attorneys in leadership roles at law firms. The Mansfield Rule Certification process measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, lawyers of  more

Holland & Knight Honored With Hispanic National Bar Association's 'Corporate Partner of the Year' Award
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 5 -- Holland and Knight, a law firm, issued the following news release: The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) has named Holland & Knight its "2019 Corporate Partner of the Year" in recognition of the firm's longstanding support of the organization and its unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion. The award will be presented on September 27 at the HNBA's annual convention in New York City. "We are proud to be a leader among major law firms in the recruitment  more

Hurricane Dorian Forecast Track Forces Ceasing of Operations at Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 2 -- Orlando International Airport issued the following news release: The National Weather Service has placed the Central Florida region under a Tropical Storm Warning which means Orlando International Airport could see sustained tropical storm winds of between 40-45 miles per hour which prevents the safe operation of automated people mover systems and places first responders in harm's way when responding to emergency situations. As a result of the warning, Orlando Int  more

Independence Blue Cross Takes Steps to Help Members Affected by Hurricane Dorian
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 1 -- Independence Blue Cross, a subsidiary of Independence Health Group, issued the following news release: Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is taking extra measures to help its members in areas affected by Hurricane Dorian. For members impacted by Hurricane Dorian in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, Independence will alter some of its policies now through September 30, 2019. Specific steps include:   more

Innovative Program Puts Students Back on Track to Earn Florida State University Degree
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 4 -- Florida State University issued the following news: Florida State University students are graduating in four years at a record level, but some students encounter unexpected challenges that derail their plans to earn a degree. From limited finances to mental or physical health problems to natural disasters, there's a wide variety of reasons why students leave college without finishing. "Almost everybody knows someone who didn't finish college," said Assistant P  more

Lee County School District Seeking Suggestions to Name New East Zone High School
FORT MYERS, Florida, Sept. 5 -- The Lee County School District issued the following news: It's time for East Zone High School MMM to receive a permanent name, and The School District of Lee County wants to hear your suggestions! In general, the School Board is looking for names that refer to at least one of the following: * The history, culture, and people of Florida and especially of Southwest Florida; * The natural environment and native plants and animals of Florida and especially of Sout  more

Lee County School District: Tobacco, Vaping Parent Prevention Seminars
FORT MYERS, Florida, Sept. 4 -- The Lee County School District issued the following news: The School District of Lee County is inviting parents to three seminars in September about tobacco and vaping prevention. Last year the Food and Drug Administration declared teen e-cigarette use an epidemic. "According to the 2018 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, the number of Lee County teens who reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days was more than 10 times the rate of those who used tradit  more

Lee Health Offers Free TeleHealth Care for Hurricane Dorian
FORT MYERS, Florida, Sept. 3 -- Lee Health issued the following news release: * * * - 24/7 access to care from your mobile device without leaving the house from Sept. 1-7 * * * As Hurricane Dorian begins to impact Florida, Lee Health wants to make sure the Southwest Florida community still has access to great care. That's why Lee TeleHealth is offering free visits from Sept. 1 through Sept. 7 as a way to help our community and visitors get the non-emergency care they need for any reason due  more

Lee Health: Local Teen Organizes 'Normal Is Overrated' Forum to Address Mental Health Among Students
FORT MYERS, Florida, Sept. 5 -- Lee Health issued the following news release: * * * - Healthy Lee, Kids Minds Matter and others join to help teens cope with mental, behavioral health issues * * * Students today have a lot on their plates, and the social stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health issues can be a significant obstacle for many. To help break barriers and improve communication, Healthy Lee, Kids Minds Matter and community partners invite area teens and their families to it  more

LG&E and KU Crews Shift Locations as Hurricane Dorian Impact Moves North
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Sept. 5 -- LG&E and KU Energy, a subsidiary of PPL, issued the following news release: * * * - Utilities' resources reassigned to assist utilities in areas expected to sustain greatest storm impact * * * As Hurricane Dorian's expected landfall impact transitions from Florida to coastal communities in states further north, so too have resources requested to assist utility companies in restoring power once the storm moves on. A total of nearly 260 Louisville Gas and Ele  more

Media Outlets Report on McGuireWoods Alum Melissa Nelson's Appointment to Florida's Opioid Task Force
RICHMOND, Virginia, Sept. 4 -- McGuireWoods, a law firm, issued the following news: Numerous media outlets recently reported on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' Aug. 27 appointment of McGuireWoods alum Melissa Nelson, along with five other individuals, to the state's Opioid Task Force. Nelson was senior counsel in the firm's Jacksonville, Florida, office before winning election as state attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in 2016. She was recently featured in an ABA Journal cover story on refo  more

Miami Dade College's Hialeah Campus Awarded Grant for Health Literacy Project
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 4 -- Miami Dade College issued the following news release: Miami Dade College's (MDC) School of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Hialeah Campus was recently awarded a $5,000 grant in support of MDC's Health Literacy Project for a seventh straight year by the Florida Blue Foundation, in partnership with the Florida Literacy Coalition. MDC's Health Literacy Project infuses health-related content into the curriculum of advanced-level classes in English fo  more

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Board Approves Contracts for Two GOB Projects Valued at $15.8 Million, Small Business Enterprise Goals Met or Exceeded
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 5 -- Miami-Dade County Public Schools issued the following news release: The Miami-Dade School Board approved the commissioning of architects related to two General Obligation Bond (GOB) projects valued at approximately $15.8 million yesterday, during its regular monthly meeting. Voters overwhelmingly approved the GOB in 2012 to renovate, remodel and replace schools; expand student capacity; enhance safety; and provide technology upgrades. The following are details of th  more

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Helps Bahamian Victims of Catastrophic Dorian
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 6 -- Miami-Dade County Public Schools issued the following news release: Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has a rich tradition of goodwill and humanitarianism within and beyond South Florida. Last weekend, Hurricane Dorian caused unprecedented and extensive damage in the Bahamas, destroying homes and businesses and inundating the island chain with an extraordinary amount of flooding. Just as it has done in the past following other natural disasters in other countr  more

Moffitt Cancer Center: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Linked to Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer
TAMPA, Florida, Sept. 5 -- Moffitt Cancer Center issued the following news release: TAMPA, Fla. and BOSTON - Women who have experienced six or more symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) had double the risk of developing ovarian cancer compared with women who never had any PTSD symptoms, according to a new study from researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The findings indicate that having higher levels of PTSD symptoms, such as being easi  more

More Than 32,000 Spectrum WiFi Hotspots in Florida Now Open to All Users to Aid in Storm Preparation and Response
STAMFORD, Connecticut, Sept. 1 -- Spectrum Networks, a subsidiary of Charter Communications, issued the following news release: In support of the preparation for and response to Hurricane Dorian, Charter Communications, Inc. has opened more than 32,000 Spectrum WiFi hotspots in Florida. These hotspots -- from Volusia County to Pinellas County -- are open to all users until further notice in Spectrum service areas across the state. Visit https://www.spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots for more informat  more

New Book By University of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee Business Professor Explores the Origins of Money
SARASOTA, Florida, Aug. 27 -- The University of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee Campus issued the following news: Currency has spurred economic and social development, fostered trade, built civilizations, equipped armies and even helped create the Industrial Revolution. But how much is known about the origins of currency, itself, and its evolution? Noel Mark Noel, PhD, a business professor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and an adjunct at USF St. Petersburg, explores these  more

New York Gov. Cuomo Issues Statement on Hurricane Dorian
ALBANY, New York, Aug. 30 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following statement on Hurricane Dorian: "Mother Nature's fury has once again been unleashed as Hurricane Dorian makes its way toward Florida with the potential to grow to a category 4 storm. "We are closely monitoring the path of the hurricane and just as we have done for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several states, New York stands ready to provide any necessary assistance to Florida and other communities as   more

Orlando Economic Partnership: Blue Zones to Explore Community Well-being Project
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 6 -- The Orlando Economic Partnership issued the following news release: * * * - The Orlando Economic Partnership's Foundation for Orlando's Future and Orange County Business Leaders invite wellness and longevity experts to assess the region. * * * Orlando, Fla. and Minneapolis, Minn. -- The Orlando Economic Partnership's Foundation for Orlando's Future, along with leaders in the business community, is working with Blue Zones to begin building a plan for a well-being  more

Orlando International Airport Continues Pre-Hurricane Preparations
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 3 -- Orlando International Airport issued the following news release: The Orlando International Airport is prepared and ready for the arrival and impact of Hurricane Dorian, the result of collaborative efforts with our industry, federal and airline partners over the last several days. Commercial operations at Orlando International ceased at 2 a.m. today in advance of the storm. In preparation of the storm making its way toward Florida, the Greater Orlando Aviation Auth  more

Orlando International Airport Resumes Commercial Operations at Noon
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 4 -- Orlando International Airport issued the following news release: Orlando International Airport (MCO) will resume commercial operations at noon today. The early-morning decision was made after airport management consulted the National Weather Service (NWS) about prospective wind and weather conditions. Noon was determined to be the earliest time Orlando International could reasonably resume normal operations, allowing time for damage assessment, sweeping the airfie  more

Price Gouging Update: Consumers Help Florida A.G. Moody Prevent Price Gouging and Secure Refunds
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 5 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody today issued an update on efforts to prevent price gouging during Hurricane Dorian. Following the activation of the Attorney General's Price Gouging Hotline on Aug. 28, consumers submitted more than 2,900 reports of alleged price gouging--more than 700 of these submitted via the new reporting app NO SCAM. Attorney General Moody quickly dispatched a Rapid Respon  more

Raymond James Promotes Chris Aisenbrey to Chief Human Resources Officer
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Sept. 3 -- Raymond James Financial issued the following news release: Chairman and CEO Paul Reilly today announced that Chris Aisenbrey, senior vice president, Organization and Talent Development, has been promoted to chief human resources officer effective October 1. Aisenbrey will succeed Stan Duncan, who previously announced that he would be departing Raymond James effective Sept. 30 to pursue other opportunities. "In addition to a broad range of human resources ex  more

RSM Joins Forces With St. Petersburg-Based Gregory, Sharer & Stuart
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 6 -- RSM US, an independent audit, tax and consulting firm, issued the following news release: RSM US LLP ("RSM") - the nation's leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market - announced today that the leaders and staff of Gregory, Sharer & Stuart (GSS), a leading accounting firm in St. Petersburg, Florida, are joining RSM. The firms have signed a definitive agreement for RSM to acquire substantially all the assets of GSS, and the t  more

Sanford Health: Evacuated Good Samaritan Society Residents Return Home
BISMARCK, North Dakota, Sept. 6 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: In what now is the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Florida, Good Samaritan Society residents have safely returned to their homes in Daytona and Kissimmee, Florida. Good Samaritan Society president Randy Bury reported the news: "Everyone in our charge is safely home," Bury's email read Thursday, updating an effort that began more than a week ago. It had been a concentrated and sustained reaction to Hurricane Dorian   more

Sanford Health: Good Samaritan Society Evacuations Successful in Florida
BISMARCK, North Dakota, Sept. 3 -- Sanford Health issued the following news: Evacuation to safer locations is complete for Good Samaritan Society residents in Kissimmee and Daytona, Florida. This news came from Good Samaritan Society vice president of operations Nate Schema in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. On Tuesday morning, Schema reported to personnel at Incident Command Centers at the Good Samaritan Society National Campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and in Orlando that the relocation of  more

Senator Rick Scott to Join Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez at Bahamas Relief Collection Site
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 4 -- Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez issued the following news release: Senator Rick Scott of Florida will join Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez on a visit to one of the County's collection sites for Hurricane Dorian relief supplies. The event will take place Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 2:45 p.m., at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Management Warehouse, 8008 N.W. 14 St., Doral. Other elected officials will also attend. There will be a press confe  more

South Florida Water Management District Working With Army Corps to Avoid Harmful Releases From Lake Okeechobee to Estuaries After Dorian
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Sept. 6 -- The South Florida Water Management District issued the following news release: * * * - Today, Army Corps Announces no immediate lake releases to Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries * * * South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Executive Director Drew Bartlett and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District Commander Col. Andrew Kelly held a joint press conference today detailing the cooperative efforts the two agencies are under  more

Tallahassee Community College Ranked #9 in List of Top Dental Hygiene Programs in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 3 -- Tallahassee Community College issued the following news: Tallahassee Community College is ranked no. 9 in a Top Dental Hygiene programs in Florida list by NursingProcess.org. The website brings its audience the latest and most accurate information on nursing and health care education in the country while providing career information that is based on data in the state. The dental hygiene program offered at TCC is for an associate degree that can be completed in   more

Tampa Electric Proposes Reduction to Energy Bills for 2020
TAMPA, Florida, Sept. 3 -- Tampa Electric issued the following news release: * * * - The Reduction Keeps Bills Among the Lowest in Florida and Significantly Below National Average * * * Tampa Electric customers could see a reduction in their monthly energy bills next year. The company today filed projected costs for fuel and other clauses with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). If the PSC approves the requests as filed, the average residential customer's 2020 monthly energy bill w  more

TD Donates $100,000 to Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief Efforts in the Bahamas
CHERRY HILL, New Jersey, Sept. 5 -- TD Bank, a financial services company, issued the following news release: The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank(R) today announced it is donating $100,000 to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts across the Bahamas. "The people of the Bahamas are struggling to recover from one of the most devastating hurricanes to ever hit the region," said Nick Miceli, TD's Regional President, Florida. "Many of our cust  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Deploys Resources to Florida to Assist With Disaster Response
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 31 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has deployed assistance to the state of Florida in response to Hurricane Dorian, which is forecasted to impact the Florida coast. The state of Texas is sending Texas Task Force 1's Type III task force under the request and support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Type III task force consists of 45 personnel and specialized equipment including flood and swift water rescue b  more

UnitedHealth Group: UnitedHealthcare and Optum Take Action to Support People in Carolinas and Georgia Preparing for Hurricane Dorian
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, Aug. 31 -- UnitedHealth Group issued the following news release: UnitedHealthcare and Optum, the health benefits and services companies of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), are taking action to help people in the Carolinas and Georgia who may be affected by Hurricane Dorian. This is in addition to actions taken earlier to support individuals in Florida. Support includes assisting health plan participants who may need to make alternate arrangements to access care and earl  more

University of Florida-Brechner Center Launches Open-Access Journal of Civic Information
GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 4 -- The University of Florida's Brechner Center for Freedom of Information issued the following news: The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information today announced the debut of the Journal of Civic Information, the first open-access, interdisciplinary journal that publishes peer-reviewed research related to the field of public information accessibility. The journal, which will include articles from both scholars and practitioners, will publish online quarterly. Topic  more

University of Miami-Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Professor Elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 6 -- The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science issued the following news: * * * - Dennis Hansell honored for his outstanding contributions to the geosciences * * * By Diana Udel University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Professor Dennis Hansell has been elected a 2019 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a distinguished honor that recognizes scientists for their remarkable contributions in the  more

University of Miami-Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science: Corals Rescued Ahead of Disease Outbreak Spawn in Captivity
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 4 [TNSscienceresearch] -- The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science issued the following news: By Diana Udel Five species of corals rescued during a recovery mission in the Dry Tortugas spawned in captivity at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery this week. The healthy corals were collected by the Florida Coral Rescue Team from June 30 to July 4 in the Dry Tortugas National Park ahead of the coral disease front that has been pr  more

University of South Florida-St. Petersburg: Alum Named an Adobe Rising Star of Photography
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Sept. 6 -- The University of South Florida's St. Petersburg Campus issued the following news release: USF St. Petersburg alum Kelly Stefanski has been named one of Adobe's 2019 Rising Stars of Photography, a distinction shared with only 10 other up-and-coming photographers from around the world. This is the third straight year Adobe, a computer software company focused on the creation of multimedia and creativity products such as Photoshop and Flash, has developed such  more

Valencia College, Orlando Utilities Commission Announce New Training Program for Utility Line Technicians
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 6 -- Valencia College issued the following news release: Valencia College is partnering with Orlando Utilities Commission on a new program to train electrical powerline technicians, as utilities in Florida and around the country are facing a growing shortage of utility workers. To meet that demand, Valencia College and OUC officials have created a training program, in which students learn basic electrical theory and troubleshooting skills, as well as how to use industry  more

Yolo County: 'YES!' Receives National Election Center Award
WOODLAND, California, Sept. 5 -- Yolo County issued the following news release: Election Center, the National Association of Election Officials, recognized "YES!" at their annual conference in Florida. "YES!" received one of seven national awards presented. Yolo County received the Guardian Award for Promoting and Exemplifying Professional Principles and Standards. This award is part of the Election Center's Professional Practices Program. The Yolo County Youth Empowerment Summit "YES!" is a o  more