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State Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 88 items )  

24 Years of Excellence: Orange County Procurement Division Recognized Again With National Award
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 19 -- Orange County issued the following news release: The Orange County Government Procurement Division was recently recognized by the National Procurement Institute with the 2019 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement.(R) The award recognizes excellence in procurement by organizations that obtain high scores on standardized criteria that measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes in the procurement profession. This is  more

AdventHealth, Moffitt Cancer Center Join Forces to Improve Cancer Care for Floridian
TAMPA, Florida, Sept. 17 -- Moffitt Cancer Center issued the following news release: Moffitt Cancer Center and AdventHealth are partnering to provide world-class cancer treatment and better access to cancer prevention, education, cancer screenings and early phase clinical trials. The two organizations will work together to establish a clinical research facility and chemotherapy/immunotherapy infusion program at AdventHealth Celebration focused on solid tumor malignancies and malignant hematolo  more

Agreement Between Independence Blue Cross, Cancer Treatment Centers Offers Patients More Options for Care
BOCA RATON, Florida, Sept. 19 -- The Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a network of hospitals and outpatient care centers, issued the following news release: Independence Blue Cross (Independence), the leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) Philadelphia, part of a national network of cancer care providers, have signed a new four-year agreement. The agreement, effective September 1, 2019, demonstrates a commitment between Independen  more

Anju Completes Merger With OmniComm Systems
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Sept. 18 -- OmniComm Systems issued the following news release: OmniComm Systems Inc. announced today that Anju Software Inc. has completed the acquisition of OmniComm Systems, Inc. (OTCQX: OMCM), a leading strategic software solutions provider to the life sciences industry. Under the terms of the agreement, OmniComm is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Anju, a provider of data software and services to life science companies, contract research organizations and medical   more

Burr's Peter Vilmos Receives 2019 Construction Lawyers Society of America Community Service Award
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, Sept. 18 -- Burr and Forman, a law firm, issued the following news: The Construction Lawyers Society of America is pleased to announce that Peter C. Vilmos of Burr & Forman LLP in Orlando, Florida, is the recipient of the 2019 CLSA Community Service Award. The award was presented to Peter by CLSA Executive Director Timothy M. Fulmer at the CLSA's 2019 International Conference & Induction of Fellows at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more than a quarter cen  more

Cigna Health Care Exchange Plans Now Available in 19 Markets Across 10 States
BLOOMFIELD, Connecticut, Sept. 18 -- Cigna, a health service company, issued the following news release: * * * - Consumers Pay $0 For Eligible In-Network Preventive Care And Will Have Expanded Online Access to Doctors At No Additional Cost - Individuals With Diabetes Will Have Expanded Benefits, Including A $25 Cap For A 30-Day Supply Of Preferred Brand Insulin * * * Global health service company Cigna is expanding its individual health care exchange offerings to new geographies for 2020, w  more

Collins Aerospace's SelfPass Biometric Solution to Streamline the Boarding Process at All Las Vegas International Gates
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Sept. 17 -- Collins Aerospace Systems issued the following news release: Passengers traveling through Las Vegas' McCarran Airport can look forward to a new streamlined journey with Collins Aerospace Systems' SelfPass(TM) biometric solution. The solution, which is set to be installed at all of McCarran's international gates, will be available for demonstration at the Annual Airports Council International-North America conference this week in Tampa, Florida. Collins Aerospace  more

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Students
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Sept. 18 -- Crowley Maritime, a provider of marine solutions, energy and logistics services, issued the following news release: Crowley Maritime Corp. awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four California State University Maritime Academy (CMA) cadets at the Containerization and Intermodal Institute's Connie Awards last night in Long Beach, Calif. The recipients earned the scholarships based on their academic achievement, financial need and their interes  more

D'Youville College Earns Ranking Among National Universities
BUFFALO, New York, Sept. 9 -- D'Youville College issued the following news: The College is the second highest nationally ranked school in Western New York, and the highest private college. In the 2020 U.S. News and World Report rankings released today D'Youville College achieved a major milestone. Previously categorized "Regional Universities - North," this year, D'Youville moved to the "National Universities" category, sharing the same rank with institutions such as Florida A&M University, U  more

Duane Morris Miami Real Estate Partners Close $161.5 Million Real Estate Loan Transaction for Mixed-Use Residential Development, Including Church Space
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 18 -- Duane Morris, a law firm, issued the following news release: Miami-based Duane Morris LLP Real Estate Practice Group partners Jay Steinman and Elaina I. Sodhi, as local counsel, represented Centennial Bank with co-counsel Herrick Feinstein in a complex $161.5 million loan transaction that closed on September 11, 2019. The deal consisted of a $120.0 million senior loan facility and a $41.5 million mezzanine component. Centennial Bank provided the senior financing fo  more

Duke Energy Florida Customers' Electric Rates Will Drop in 2020
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Sept. 16 -- Duke Energy issued the following news release: * * * - Lower Fuel Costs Will Help Reduce Monthly Residential Bills By $4.69 Per 1,000 Kwh - Solar Facilities, Additional Grid Enhancements Will Provide Cleaner, More Reliable Energy For Customers * * * Duke Energy Florida (DEF) customers will see lower bills in 2020. The company plans to reduce Florida rates by more than 3% while adding more solar power and making grid improvements to enhance reliability,   more

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: NSF Grant Advances Search for Ancient Stars and Student Career Options
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Sept. 20 [TNSgrantsresearch] -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University issued the following news: The search for life on a distant exoplanet could get a big boost by determining the ages of stars in the Sun's neighborhood. That's because, although no one knows for sure how long it takes for life to form on a planet, it can take a very long time. On Earth, one-celled organisms appeared a half-billion years after the formation of our solar system. Then it took 3.5 billion mo  more

Escambia County Launches Youth Commission Program, Offers Teens Chance to Learn, Improve Community
PENSACOLA, Florida, Sept. 19 -- Escambia County issued the following news: The Escambia County Youth Commission held its first meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17. The Youth Commission gives five outstanding youths the opportunity to learn more about civics and local government through firsthand experience, and will focus on programming for young leaders who want to serve their community on behalf of their peers while learning how to influence public policy. During Tuesday's meeting, youth commissioner  more

ESPN College Football Week 4: No. 12 Texas Opens Conference Slate Vs. Undefeated Oklahoma State on ABC's Saturday Night Football
BRISTOL, Connecticut, Sept. 17 -- ESPN, a sports media company, issued the following news release: * * * No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 LSU and No. 9 Florida Among Top Teams on the Schedule * * * ESPN's networks will showcase No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama in non-conference games as well as No. 4 LSU, No. 9 Florida, No. 12 Texas, No. 16 Oregon, No. 19 Washington State, and No. 20 Boise State in conference matchups during college football's week 4. The slate will play out during ESPN Co  more

FAMM and Florida Cares Teaming Up for a Real Talk on Lowell Correctional Institution
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Families Against Mandatory Minimums issued the following news release: * * * - Families, legislators, formerly incarcerated to discuss issues at the prison * * * FAMM and Florida Cares are hosting a Real Talk on Lowell Correctional Institution Saturday, September 21 from 4-6 p.m. The event allows families of loved ones currently incarcerated at Lowell Correctional Institution, those formerly incarcerated at there and Florida's lawmakers to discuss the serious issues   more

Fla. Department of Agriculture: Statement on Sen. Rick Scott, HIV/AIDS Funding, National HIV/AIDS & Aging Day
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 18 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: Today, September 18, is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. First launched in 2008, the day raises awareness of the growing population of older Americans with HIV/AIDS. According to the CDC, 47 percent of those diagnosed with HIV are 50 and older, and can face increased treatment-related health challenges and elevated risk of AIDS. Meanwhile, a recent investig  more

Fla. Department of Health: Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated With E-Cigarette Use, Vaping
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- The Florida Department of Health issued the following news release: State and federal agencies have been coordinating over the past several weeks to investigate cases of Lung Disease Associated with E-Cigarette Use or Vaping. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not identified a cause, all reported cases appear to be linked to e-cigarette use. More information is needed to conclusively determine the cause. The CDC and Food and Drug Ad  more

Florida A.G. Moody Launches Statewide Resource to Provide Information and Resources on Opioid Abuse
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody today launched a new website seeking to educate Floridians about the dangers of misusing prescription painkillers and other opioids such as heroin and fentanyl. The website, called Dose of Reality, provides a one-stop shop of information about opioid addiction and resources to use for businesses, caregivers, educators, medical professionals, parents, seniors,   more

Florida A.G. Moody Recognizes Rx Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week With Announcement Slated for Friday
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 16 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody is recognizing Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week and will make an announcement this Friday regarding state efforts to end the deadly crisis. Since her first day in office, Attorney General Moody has fought the opioid crisis and this crucial mission remains a top priority of the administration. Attorney General Ashley Moody said, "As Ameri  more

Florida A.G. Moody, FDLE and Victim Advocates Warn About At-Home Sexual Assault Kits
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 19 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and victim advocates are warning Floridians about at-home sexual assault kits. The DIY sexual assault kits are marketed as a safe and anonymous option for victims; however, the evidence collected through this process would most likely not be admissible in a criminal case. Attorney General Ashley Moody said, "As a for  more

Florida Atlantic University: Antibiotic Resistance Surges in Dolphins, Mirroring Humans
BOCA RATON, Florida, Sept. 17 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Florida Atlantic University, a component of the state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges in the world today since many common bacterial infections are developing resistance to the drugs once used to treat them, and new antibiotics aren't being developed fast enough to combat the problem. Once primarily confined to health care settings, these r  more

Florida Attorney General Issues Weekly Briefing on Sept. 13
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 13 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following weekly briefing: Florida is home to some of the finest law enforcement men and women in our country, and we should never lose sight of the fact that our safety and security come at a tremendous price. Eighteen years ago this week, we learned just how quickly that security can be taken from us, and how selflessly our first responders act in the face of terror. As our nation reflects on 9/11 and the live  more

Florida Attorney General Issues Weekly Briefing on Sept. 20
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following weekly briefing: National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week is coming to an end, but our fight to stop the deadly opioid crisis that is claiming 17 lives a day in Florida continues. Since my first day in office, we have been laser focused on combating the opioid crisis and this crucial mission remains a top priority. Just last week we announced a historic, multibillion-dollar agree  more

Florida Auditor General Issues Report on AAA Scholarship Foundation
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 11 -- The office of the Florida Auditor General released the following report: This operational audit of AAA Scholarship Foundation - FL, LLC (AAA) focused on selected administrative activities and AAA management's performance related to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) and Gardiner Scholarship Programs, including AAA's compliance with applicable laws and rules. Our audit did not disclose any reportable conditions regarding management's performance related to  more

Florida Auditor General Issues Report on Baker County District School Board
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 19 -- The office of the Florida Auditor General released the following report: Except for the material noncompliance described below involving reporting errors or records that were not properly or accurately prepared or were not available at the time of our examination and could not be subsequently located for students in ESOL, Career Education 9-12, and student transportation, the Baker County District School Board (District) complied, in all material respects, with  more

Florida Democratic Party Chair Rizzo Issues Statement on National Hispanic Heritage Month
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 16 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following statement by Chair Terrie Rizzo on the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month: "I am proud to join millions of Hispanics and Latinxs celebrating and honoring the contributions and culture of Hispanics to our nation. Our state is an example of the hard work and vision of Hispanics who came to work, live and fight for the country they call home. "But celebrating the National Hispanic Heritage Month also  more

Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Penalosa Issues Statement on President Trump's New Mexico Rally
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 17 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following statement by Executive Director Juan Penalosa after President Trump's rally in New Mexico: "If Trump's New Mexico visit was intended to attract Hispanics to his Party, it was a colossal failure. In New Mexico, the President continued to scapegoat our communities and ignore our contributions to America. "He did nothing to atone for his inhumane policies that put children in cages and he defended his efforts to   more

Florida Democratic Party Rolls Out Game-Changing Technology
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 16 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: The Florida Democratic Party announced Monday a first of its kind municipal campaign system: Campaign Blueprint. The digital system includes training videos, a new campaign plan generator, campaign materials -- all the tools candidates will need to get their campaign off the ground. This digital toolkit will assist an army of Democratic candidates. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, call  more

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Launches Rebranded Website, FDACS.gov
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 16 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: Today, Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the launch of FDACS.gov, the department's new, modernized website. The rebranding aims to increase awareness about the Department's broad responsibilities in both agriculture and consumer services, and help Floridians access information and services easie  more

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Issues Immediate Final Order Closing Penn Dutch for Endangering Public Health
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 19 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: Today, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried issued an Immediate Final Order to Penn Dutch Meat & Seafood Market, ordering that they immediately cease operations and close their Margate store. The order was issued after Penn Dutch violated multiple stop-use and stop-sale orders and endangered public h  more

Florida Department of Citrus: Three Appointed to Florida Citrus Commission
BARTOW, Florida, Sept. 20 -- The Florida Department of Citrus issued the following news: Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed three members to the Florida Citrus Commission Wednesday. The appointments renew seats for Carlos Martinez and Jonathan "Ned" Hancock. The appointment of John Patrick Schirard fills a seat previously held by Lee Bouldin, who resigned in 2018. Martinez, of Orlando, is a procurement manager at the Coca-Cola Company. He represents District 1, which includes Polk County as well as   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces FinTech Priority Initiatives
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Sept. 16 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced several initiatives that encourage financial technology (FinTech) companies to start, relocate and expand in Florida. Governor DeSantis was joined by Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis, Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Executive Director Ken Lawson, Mayor Lenny Curry and business and community leaders from the Jacksonville area. "From day   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Florida's Economy Continues to Grow and Diversify for the Future
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Florida prepares business environment for the success of innovative and cutting-edge businesses * * * Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida's economy continues to grow - adding 213,000 private-sector jobs over the year in August while maintaining a low unemployment rate of 3.3 percent. These positive economic indicators show that Florida's low taxes and reasonable regulations c  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Fort Lauderdale Area Created Nearly 12,000 New Jobs Over the Year
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Fort Lauderdale area added 11,800 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The Fort Lauderdale area's unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in August, down 0.1 percentage point from one year ago. The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Fort Lauderdale area were professional and business services with 5,500 new jobs and education and  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Miami Area Created More Than 28,000 New Jobs
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Miami area added 28,100 new private-sector jobs in the last year, creating the second-highest number of jobs among all Florida metro areas. The Miami area's unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago. The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Miami area was education and health services with 11,100 new   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces More Than $1.4 Million in Awards to City of Fanning Springs for Infrastructure Improvements
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 19 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $1.4 million in awards to the City of Fanning Springs through the Rural Infrastructure Fund grant and a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to help fund infrastructure improvements that are expected to attract new businesses and tourists to the area. "Infrastructure improvements are critical for communities to achieve their economic developmen  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Orlando Area Continues to Lead in Job Growth for 53 Consecutive Months
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that August 2019 marked 53 consecutive months of the Orlando area having the highest job creation in the state, adding 49,600 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The unemployment rate in the Orlando area was 3.2 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from one year ago. The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Orlando area was professional   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Pensacola Area Added 400 New Jobs Over the Year
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Pensacola area added 400 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area's unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in August. The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Pensacola area was financial activities with 700 new jobs. In August, the Pensacola area had 6,627 job openings and of those, 1,770 were for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs.   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Southwest Florida Created More Than 15,000 New Jobs
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Naples area added 4,800 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area's unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in August, down 0.2 percentage point from one year ago. The Fort Myers area added 10,500 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area's unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in August, down 0.1 percentage point from one year ago. The industry   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Tampa Area Created More Than 21,000 New Jobs
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Tampa area added 21,300 new private-sector jobs in the last year, creating the third-highest number of jobs among all Florida metro areas. The Tampa area's unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in August. The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Tampa area were professional and business services with 6,000 new jobs and construction wi  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces the Jacksonville Area Created More Than 13,000 New Jobs Over the Year
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Jacksonville area added 13,400 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area's unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in August, down 0.1 percentage point from one year ago. The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Jacksonville area were professional and business services with 4,200 new jobs, construction with 3,600 new jobs and educat  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces West Palm Beach Area Adds Nearly 12,000 New Jobs Over the Year
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the West Palm Beach area added 11,700 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area's unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in August, down 0.1 percentage point from one year ago. The industries with the highest growth over the year in the West Palm Beach area were education and health services with 3,800 new jobs and professional and business services with  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Joel Schleicher to the Florida Talent Development Council
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Joel Schleicher as chair of the Florida Talent Development Council. The purpose of the Talent Development Council is to develop a coordinated, data-driven, statewide approach to meeting Florida's needs for a 21st-century workforce that employers and educators use as part of Florida's talent supply system. The council will advise Governor De  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Three to Blockchain Task Force
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Ken Lawson, Department of Management Services Secretary Jonathan Satter and Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Terry Rhodes to the Blockchain Task Force. On May 23, 2019, Governor DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1024 into law, establishing Florida's Blockchain Task Force w  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Three to the Clay County Development Authority
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 18 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Alexandria Hill and Jonathan Vallencourt and the reappointment of Tammy Stewart to the Clay County Development Authority. The Clay County Development Authority was established by the Florida Legislature in 1957 for the purpose of promoting economic development in Clay County. Alexandria Hill Hill, of Fleming Island, is the general counse  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Citrus Commission
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 18 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Carlos Martinez and the reappointments of John Patrick Schirard and Jonathan Hancock to the Florida Citrus Commission (FCC). The FCC is dedicated to overseeing and guiding the activities of the Florida Department of Citrus, conducting a variety of industry programs and regulating the quality standards of citrus grown in Florida. Carlos Mar  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Two to Southwest Florida Water Management District
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 17 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Roger Germann and the reappointment of Kelly Rice to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Roger Germann Germann, of Tampa, is the president and chief executive officer of The Florida Aquarium. Prior to joining The Florida Aquarium, Roger served as executive vice president for more than 16 years at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Commends Florida's Genetic Genealogy Team Efforts Leading to Arrest of Suspected Serial Killer Robert Tyrone Hayes
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 16 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis commended the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's (FDLE) Genetic Genealogy Team whose efforts led to the arrest of suspected serial Killer Robert Tyrone Hayes. On Sunday, September 15th, Robert Hayes was arrested and charged with the March 2016 murder of 32-year-old Rachel Bey of Riviera Beach. Genetic genealogy was the investigative tool that identified Hayes as   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Meets With Financial Industry Leaders in Chicago
CHICAGO, Florida, Sept. 19 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: This week, Governor Ron DeSantis met with Chicago leaders in the financial services industry to discuss Florida's advantageous business climate. Governor DeSantis was accompanied by Jamal Sowell, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI). "This week, I had the opportunity to meet with several leaders in Chicago's financial services industry to tout Florida's pro-business climate and the man  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Recognizes and Celebrates Workforce Development Month in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 18 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Education (DOE), the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and CareerSource Florida celebrate Workforce Development Month in Florida. Workforce Development Month recognizes all workforce professionals, agencies and organizations who have helped thousands of Floridians find gainful employment and are contributing to Florida's econom  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Thanks Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell for Years of Dedicated Service to Florida, Wishes Him Well in Retirement
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis thanked Department of Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell for his years of dedicated service to the State of Florida following the Secretary's announcement that he will be retiring. "Jim Poppell is a dedicated public servant and consummate professional who agreed to continue serving our state when I became governor after a lengthy career in the private and public sectors,"   more

Florida International University Launches Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: Florida International University has received approximately $2 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to launch the Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program (Cyber-CAP). The program is aimed at giving learners the necessary technical skills, on-the-job training and overall preparation to obtain industry credentials. The goal of the apprenticeship is to  more

Florida International University to Help Infuse Artificial Intelligence Into Building Design, Construction Industries With $1 Million NSF Grant
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 18 [TNSscientificresearch] -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Convergence Accelerator program has awarded a $1 million grant to a team of FIU researchers to evaluate the automation needs of the architecture, engineering and construction industries and develop a training program in partnership with several local firms and global industry experts. The  more

Florida International University: Documentary Examines Politicization of Hurricane Maria Death Toll in Puerto Rico
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 20 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: After Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico with Category 4-force winds in September 2017, government officials placed the death toll at 64, drawing intense criticism from experts and local residents. A study from Harvard University later estimated the actual death toll to be far greater - more than 4,600. A team   more

Florida International University: Researchers Warn Teens About Potential Harms of Vaping
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 18 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: FIU psychologists Elisa Trucco and Matthew Sutherland are educating students, school personnel and parents about the potential harms associated with vaping nicotine and THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis. In efforts to reduce teen e-cigarette use, Trucco and Sutherland have partnered with more than 14 schools and re  more

Florida International University: Weighted Vests, Stability Balls Do Not Help Children With ADHD
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 21 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: Weighted vests and stability balls do not help elementary schoolers with ADHD focus in class, according to a new study by researchers at FIU's Center for Children and Families. This is the first study to evaluate the effect of occupational therapy (OT) techniques, specifically weighted vests and stability balls, on classroom behav  more

Florida Museum of Natural History: Fingerprints of Ancient Forests Offer Rare Look at Florida 16 Million Years Ago
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Sept. 18 -- The Florida Museum of Natural History issued the following research news: Along a bend in the Apalachicola River, 50 miles west of Tallahassee, Florida's largest slice of visible bedrock towers more than 100 feet above the surrounding banks. With a rich fossil record of plants, Alum Bluff offers a glimpse of Florida's forests 13 to 16 million years ago, and paleobotanists have been studying the site for more than a century. Now a new study provides an overview  more

Florida State Sen. Galvano Announces Appointment of Commissioner Carol Whitmore to the Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 13 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton: Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointment of Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore to the Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council. "Commissioner Carol Whitmore has dedicated her life to serving others, and I am honored that she will serve in this important role," said President Galvano. "With over forty y  more

Greenberg Traurig Represents Bio Pappel in $150 Million Dual-Tranche Private Senior Secured Notes Transaction
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. represented Bio Pappel, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: PAPPEL), the leading paper producer in Mexico, as parent guarantor, and its recently acquired subsidiary, U.S. Corrugated Holdings II, Inc., as issuer, in a U.S. $150 million dual-tranche private placement of senior secured notes. The transaction closed on Sept. 11. Proceeds of the issuance, which was subscribed by a   more

Greenberg Traurig's Miami Office Adds Attorneys in Corporate and Latin America Practices
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 16 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. has added two attorneys to its Miami Corporate Practice and Latin America Practice. Carol Barnhart has rejoined the firm as a shareholder and Arnaldo C. Rego, Jr. has joined as an of counsel attorney. Barnhart rejoins Greenberg Traurig from packaging manufacturer Grupo Phoenix, where she served for several years as general counsel, chief compliance officer, and   more

Greenberg Traurig: Brian Koch Installed as Federal Bar Association Broward County Chapter President
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 19 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Brian H. Koch, a shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A., was installed as president of the Broward County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association on Sept. 18 at the Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale. The Broward County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association serves federal lawyers and members of the federal judiciary in Fort Lauderdale and throughout the Souther  more

Greenberg Traurig: Trevor Chaplick Presents American Intellectual Property Law Association Webinar on Startup Investments
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 18 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Greenberg Traurig, LLP Shareholder Trevor J. Chaplick will be co-presenting for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) CLE Webinar entitled "Startup Investments: A Primer for IP Attorneys" Sept. 19 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. This webinar will provide an overview of corporate considerations for startup investments. Chaplick's presentation will focus on choice of entity, key documents   more

Hillsborough County, History Center Chart Course on Map Research, Preservation
TAMPA, Florida, Sept. 17 -- Hillsborough County issued the following news: * * * - Funded by County, digital technology allows worldwide access * * * A Hillsborough County grant is helping the Tampa Bay History Center put thousands of historic, modern, and even novelty maps of Florida and its surroundings onto the museum's website. The digital format also creates an enduring record of the maps and charts that will survive an unlikely calamity such as a fire, flood, or burglary. The collect  more

International Organization Names Eckerd College an 'Age-Friendly University'
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Sept. 11 -- Eckerd College issued the following news: * * * - Public events, programs and partnerships targeted at older adults earn distinction for staff, faculty. * * * Eckerd College earned the distinction of Age-Friendly University (AFU) and has been added to the Age-Friendly University Global Network for its commitment to promoting intergenerational exchange and lifelong learning through teaching, research and community engagement with St. Petersburg's older adu  more

It's Showtime! Two New Playlist Productions Shows to Debut Aboard Carnival Panorama
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Carnival, a leisure travel company, issued the following news release: Inspired by talented directors and choreographers from Los Angeles, Broadway and The West End, two new Playlist Productions shows will debut on Carnival Panorama on December 11, 2019, the line's first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years. For the first time, Carnival will employ "dancing drones" that interact with the shows' music and 12 talented performers to create entertaining high-flying mo  more

Lee County School District: 532 Perfect Scores Recorded on 2019 Florida Standards Assessment Tests
FORT MYERS, Florida, Sept. 18 -- The Lee County School District issued the following news: The School District of Lee County is proud to announce there were 532 perfect scores on the 2018-2019 Florida Standards Assessment tests. That is 69 more than last year and 151 more than two years ago. The new data shows 81 schools, including charters, had at least one student earn a perfect score. Lexington Middle School had the most, with 39 perfect scores. For elementary schools, Pinewoods had the mos  more

Leonardo DRS Expands in Melbourne, Florida in Response to Growth
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Sept. 17 -- Leonardo DRS (formerly DRS Technologies) issued the following news release: Leonardo DRS announced today that its Land Electronics and Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems businesses have opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Melbourne, Florida in response to its continued growth. A ceremony on Monday highlighted the new facility and was attended by federal, local and company leaders. "Our company, the Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems and the Land Elec  more

Live From The Southern Economic Competition, RGA Releases New Ad Campaign In Louisiana Governor's Race
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- The Republican Governors Association issued the following news release: RGA Right Direction PAC, an organization supported by the Republican Governors Association (RGA), today released a new multimedia ad campaign in the Louisiana governor's race. The campaign, which includes television and digital advertising, as well as a new website, www.SECRankings.com, highlights Louisiana's last place finish in the "Southern Economic Competition" under Democratic Governor John Bel   more

Louisiana State University: New Coasts, Climates, Humanities & Environment Consortium Funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Sept. 17 -- Louisiana State University issued the following news release: In the context of climate instability, there is an urgent need for research on the diversity and complexity of coastal zones and cultures through the environmental humanities. As a result, the Coasts, Climates, the Humanities and the Environment Consortium, or CCHEC, is a new partnership among LSU, University of Florida, University of Georgia and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well   more

Miami Dade College Once Again Named Among 'Great Colleges to Work For'
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 16 -- Miami Dade College issued the following news release: * * * - MDC makes the Honor Roll once again and has been recognized every year since the program's inception. * * * For the eleventh consecutive year, Miami Dade College (MDC) has been named among the nation's Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a major higher education publication. In addition, MDC again made the Honor Roll for being recognized in multiple categories. "This is a g  more

Miami Dade College's Miami Fashion Institute to Present Speaker Series With Designer Alessandra Gold
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 16 -- Miami Dade College issued the following news release: Miami Dade College's (MDC) acclaimed Miami Fashion Institute (MFI), will host the Innovators in Fashion speaker series with fashion designer Alessandra Gold on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 12 p.m., at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Gold is a Brazilian-born, Miami-based designer who is the worldwide Creative Director for the international sneaker brand KRUZIN. She is the brand's International Director of Corpora  more

Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez Issues Statement on Death of Commission Vice Chairman Ferre
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez issued the following statement on the death of Commission Vice Chairman Maurice Ferre: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of former Miami mayor and Miami-Dade County Commission Vice Chairman Maurice Ferre. Mayor Ferre was a mentor and friend. I am extremely grateful to have served under him. "I was a young firefighter starting in the City of Miami when Mayor Ferre began his illustrious political career in Miami after havi  more

Novel Study Identifies Three Distinct Types of Teen Popularity
BOCA RATON, Florida, Sept. 21 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- Florida Atlantic University, a component of the state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: Adolescents place a lot of emphasis on popularity and they are keenly aware of the difference between being liked and being popular. If forced to choose, many opt for popularity. Popularity, however, has many faces. In prior research, two groups of popular adolescents stand out: those who are aggressive and those who are   more

Orange County: Housing for All Task Force Tackles Affordable Housing Stigma
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 20 -- Orange County issued the following news release: When Tiffany Manuel, Ph.D., president and CEO of TheCaseMade, spoke before Orange County Mayor Demings' Housing for All Task Force in September 2019, her message was clear. Orange County - like many other county and city entities - does not have a public awareness problem surrounding affordable housing. Everybody is talking about it, but acceptance is another story. "When you ask people if they believe affordable ho  more

Orlando International Airport: Hot Summer Travel Numbers at Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 17 -- Orlando International Airport issued the following news release: The peak of the summer travel season saw nearly 4.5 million travelers at Orlando International Airport (MCO) in July. That is an increase over last summer's record by more than 6.2 percent. A double-digit increase of nearly 13 percent in international traffic once again propelled the overall passenger numbers into uncharted territory for MCO. "With our July figures in, we are now approaching 49.6 mil  more

Pedro Fernandez-Caban Appointed Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University
POTSDAM, New York, Sept. 20 -- Clarkson University issued the following news: Pedro L. Fernandez-Caban has been appointed assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering at Clarkson University. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering and master of engineering in civil engineering from the University of Florida, and his bachelor of science in civil engineering from University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Fernandez-Caban's research interests are in cyber-physical modeling of civil in  more

Renowned Oceanographer to Discuss Rising Sea Levels at Valencia College
ORLANDO, Florida, Sept. 19 -- Valencia College issued the following news release: Oceanographer and explorer John Englander will discuss the facts and fiction about earth's rising sea levels and the impact that will have on businesses, communities and society on Oct. 22 at Valencia College's East Campus. Englander's acclaimed book, "High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Levels and the Coming Coastal Crisis," was named a Top 50 Read by Politico. During his talk at Valencia College, Englander wil  more

Tallahassee Police Department Seeks State Reaccreditation Status
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 20 -- The city of Tallahassee issued the following news release: A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive November 5, 2019 to examine specific aspects of the Tallahassee Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief of Police Steve Outlaw announced today. Since the department is already nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law En  more

The Florida Lottery Joins Industry Leaders to Celebrate Responsible Gaming Education Week
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 16 -- The Florida Department of Lottery issued the following news release: The Florida Lottery is proud to join the American Gaming Association (AGA), North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), the World Lottery Association (WLA), and other industry leaders to celebrate the 22nd Annual Responsible Gaming Education Week, September 16-20, 2019. The purpose of this week is to increase awareness about problem gambling and promote responsible g  more

There's Magic in the Air With New Disney Skyliner
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Sept. 16 -- Disney World issued the following news release: * * * - Innovative Gondola System Will Fly Guests in Style From Four Disney Resort Hotels to Epcot And Disney's Hollywood Studios * * * There will soon be magic gliding above the treetops of Walt Disney World Resort when the new Disney Skyliner takes flight Sept. 29, 2019. As much a magic carpet as a complimentary transportation system, Disney Skyliner will soar above waterways and wooded areas alike on it  more

TTI to Exhibit at the Upcoming IBEX Show in Booth 3-2136
FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 17 -- TTI issued the following news release: TTI, Inc. a leading specialty distributor of electronic components, is on board to exhibit at the upcoming International Boat Builders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), October 1-3, 2019, to be held at the Tampa Convention Center, in Tampa, Florida. Come meet our crew of Specialists in booth 3-2136 Tuesday, October 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, from 10:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 3, from 1  more

University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine Awarded Second Latin American Research Ethics Grant
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 17 -- The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine issued the following news: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Research Integrity has awarded the University of Miami the second in a series of grants to help foster academic research integrity in Latin America. The award, announced on September 8, builds on the UM Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy's initiatives over more than a quarter century to build partnerships and develop educa  more

University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine: Eye Cancer Researchers at Sylvester, Bascom Palmer Identify Function of Key Tumor Suppressor
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 19 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine issued the following news: Cancer cells remember things they shouldn't. During development, stem and progenitor cells move freely through the body as they differentiate into heart, brain, liver, eyes. But after humans are born, that process should stop. Cells shouldn't travel or change anymore; they should stay put and do their jobs. Sometimes, things happen to cancer cells that allow them to r  more

University of Miami-Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science: North Atlantic Haddock Use Magnetic Compass to Guide Them
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 21 [TNSbiologyresearch] -- The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science issued the following news: * * * - Study showed haddock larvae orient to the northwest at sea * * * A new study found that the larvae of haddock, a commercially important type of cod, have a magnetic compass to find their way at sea. The findings showed that haddock larvae orient toward the northwest using Earth's magnetic field. A team of scientists led by the Univ  more

University of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee Researchers Begin Analysis of Veterans' Surveys, Hope to Improve Services
SARASOTA, Florida, Sept. 16 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- The University of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee Campus issued the following news: By Rich Shopes University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee researchers have begun examining the results of two recent surveys to assess veterans' needs in 10 Florida counties, including Sarasota and Manatee counties. The researchers - Thomas Becker, PhD, and Ramakrishna Govindu, PhD, both of USFSM, and Eric Hodges, PhD, formerly of USFSM and now of Longwo  more

University of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee: U.S. News & World Report Ranks Florida #1 in Higher Education for Third Consecutive Year
SARASOTA, Florida, Sept. 12 -- The University of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee Campus issued the following news: Governor Ron DeSantis announced that U.S. News & World Report has named Florida the top state in the country for higher education. This is the third year in a row Florida's higher education system has earned the top ranking, reflecting the emphasis that elected leaders have placed on student success and affordability. "It is no surprise that U.S. News & World Report has again nam  more

University of South Florida-St. Petersburg: College of Business Event to Help Business Leaders Dive Into Data for Predictive Guidance
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Sept. 19 -- The University of South Florida's St. Petersburg Campus issued the following news release: We live in what's been called the Age of Big Data. From financial transactions to social media interactions, data is everywhere and, when analyzed properly, has the ability to reveal trends that can guide businesses into the future. USF St. Petersburg's Kate Tiedemann College of Business (KTCOB) and the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership will host a panel discussion   more

University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Dynamo Unite to Kick Childhood Cancer
HOUSTON, Texas, Sept. 20 -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release: * * * - MD Anderson employees, pediatric patients and their families to raise awareness at Saturday's game * * * The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center goes gold for Kick Childhood Cancer Awareness Night at BBVA Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. as the Houston Dynamo take on Orlando City SC, a professional soccer club in Orlando, Florida. During the match, the   more