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State Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday October 27, 2019 ( 87 items )  

AHCA and FDOH Recognize 19 Hospitals in Florida for Achieving the Healthy People 2020 Low-Risk, Primary C-section Goal
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The Florida Department of Health issued the following news release: Today, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced that 19 hospitals in Florida have achieved the federal Healthy People 2020 Maternal and Child Health goal of reducing Cesarean section (C-section) rates for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. In response to the rise of unnecessary C- sections across the United States, the U.S.   more

American Airlines and Miami HEAT Announce Expanded Partnership
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 21 -- American Airlines issued the following news release: * * * - Airline will be the first HEAT partner to be granted use of international sponsorship rights, reaching fans across the globe * * * Building on their 20-year relationship, American Airlines and the Miami HEAT announced today a multiyear partnership for the airline to serve as the team's official airline. Additionally, as part of a new NBA program beginning this season allowing teams to designate internatio  more

American Airlines Expands Service at Daytona Beach International Airport
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Oct. 22 -- The Daytona Beach International Airport issued the following news release: * * * - American Airlines expands service at Daytona Beach International Airport * * * American Airlines is expanding service at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), with an additional flight, a larger plane for some flights, and the resumption of seasonal, non-stop service to New York. Beginning in January 2020, American will replace some planes from PSA Airlines, a wholly ow  more

Assurant Raises More Than $210,000 at Fourth Annual 5K Race Benefiting United Way of Miami-Dade
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 23 -- Assurant, a risk management solutions provider, issued the following news release: Warmed up and ready to run, a sea of hundreds of blue-shirted Assurant employees served as a poignant backdrop at the starting line of the fourth annual Assurant 5K as company President and CEO Alan Colberg presented a ceremonial check for $210,459.32 to Maria C. Alonso, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade. That amount pushed the total funds raised over four years from the annua  more

BCPS Chapter of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project Attends the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Oct. 21 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release: The Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project chapter traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2019 Congressional Black Caucus (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), September 12-15. Through the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, 50 students from Hallandale High School, Hollywood Hills High School and Miramar High School attended the ALC and parti  more

Broward County Public Schools: Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School Named National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release: Congratulations to Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School for being named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The honor was awarded based on overall academic excellence or for success in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Of the 362 public and private schools in the nation to receive a 2019 National Blue Ribbon award, Atlantic Techni  more

Broward County School Board Approves Revision to 2019/20 School Year Calendar Designating February 14, 2020, as a Day of Service and Love
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release, dated Oct. 18: The Broward County School Board at its meeting this week unanimously approved a revision to the 2019/20 school year calendar to move the early release day scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2020, to Friday, February 14, 2020. The School Board voted in support of the request, which was presented by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Commemoration Planning Committee and t  more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 21 -- 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: 18 October 2019 Number of shares purchased: 50,000 shares Highest price paid per share: 3069.0 pence Lowest price paid per share  more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 22 -- 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: 21 October 2019 Number of shares purchased: 50,000 shares Highest price paid per share: 3080.0 pence Lowest price paid per share  more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 23 -- 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: 22 October 2019 Number of shares purchased: 50,000 shares Highest price paid per share: 3099.0 pence Lowest price paid per share  more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 25 -- 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: 24 October 2019 Number of shares purchased: 50,000 shares Highest price paid per share: 3196.0 pence Lowest price paid per share  more

Carnival Cruise Line to Increase Capacity in Alaska With Carnival Freedom Sailing From Seattle in 2021
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 24 -- Carnival, a leisure travel company, issued the following news release: Carnival Cruise Line will increase its presence in Alaska, deploying Carnival Freedom from Seattle beginning in April 2021, operating Carnival's popular week-long Glacier Route voyages, and joining Carnival Miracle which will operate 10- and 11-day Alaska cruises from San Francisco beginning in May 2021. "Alaska is a 'bucket list' destination that offers a unique combination of fascinating wildlif  more

CFO Jimmy Patronis Congratulates Staff Sergeant Jason Leabo as Florida's Veteran of the Month
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis issued the following news release: Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis today congratulated U.S. Air Force Veteran and Army Reservist Staff Sergeant Jason Leabo on being selected as Florida's Veteran of the Month by the Florida Cabinet. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the new Veteran of the Month initiative this year to recognize veterans who have gone above and beyond in agriculture o  more

CFO Jimmy Patronis Urges Floridians Impacted by Tropical Storm Nestor to Call Insurance Helpline
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 24 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: Following a powerful tornado touching down in Polk County due to Tropical Storm Nestor, Florida's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis urges any Floridian making insurance claims to call his office's Insurance Consumer Helpline (1-877-MY-FL-CFO) for free assistance with the process. Since CFO Patronis took office in July 2017, more than $99.5 million has been recovered for   more

CFO Jimmy Patronis: Solidify Your Savings Plan During National Retirement Security Week
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 21 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: With recent reports indicating that approximately one-quarter of non-retired Americans have no retirement savings, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis offers 4 top tips to save for the future. Reports also show that working with a financial planner or adviser to assist in retirement planning can be an important step in ensuring financial success in your golden years. CFO Ji  more

CFO Patronis: Prevent Drug Abuse on National Drug Take Back Day
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis issued the following news release: Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is encouraging Floridians to take advantage of National Drug Take Back Day tomorrow, Saturday, October 26 and give back your unused or expired prescription drugs and vape products for proper disposal. The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Take Back Day is a nationwide event which provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent dru  more

City of Tallahassee: City Manager Announces Organizational Changes
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The city of Tallahassee issued the following news release: Today, Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad announced the creation of two new departments - the Department of Community Services and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. These new departments are being established to address and streamline efforts for key elements of the proposed five-year strategic plan. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will ensure the further development and implementation of th  more

City of Winter Haven: Downtown Winter Haven Wins Great Place Award!
WELLINGTON, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The city of Winter Haven issued the following news release: Downtown Winter Haven has won the 2019 Great Places in Florida People's Choice Award by the American Planning Association - Florida Chapter (APA). After a call for nominations earlier this fall, the APA selected six places in the state of Florida as finalists. From there, the finalists were voted on by the public. Some of the criteria to be considered as a Great Place by the APA includes areas that prom  more

Cubic Takes on National Expert Role During Florida Department of Transportation's Mobility Week
SAN DIEGO, California, Oct. 25 -- Cubic issued the following news release: * * * - MaaS thought leader Crissy Ditmore partners with Florida Department of Transportation to promote and encourage multimodal transportation choices * * * Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) today announced that Crissy Ditmore, director of strategy for its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division, will discuss how Mobility as a Service (MaaS) can help address the need for safe, multimodal transportation choic  more

Daytona Beach International Airport: Hurricane Dorian Impacts September Airport Traffic
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Oct. 22 -- The Daytona Beach International Airport issued the following news release: Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) decreased 15% for September in comparison with the same month last year.* During the month, 48,763 passengers flew in or out of the county-operated airport, compared to 57,355 passengers last September. For the 12 months ending Sept. 30, total passenger traffic at DAB decreased 2.5% with 728,681 passengers traveling through  more

Diversity at the Miller School is Critical to Tackling Health Disparities
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 22 -- The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine issued the following news: A strong commitment to addressing health disparities and health inequities has helped elevate the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to the top ranks nationally when it comes to the diversity of its student body. "Does it mean our work is done?" asked Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., Dean and Chief Academic Officer. "Absolutely not. We can always do better. But this institution has   more

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Engineering Physics Major Visits Italy in Search of Scientific Answers
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Oct. 25 -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University issued the following news: This summer, Embry-Riddle undergraduate Conner Penson traveled to a stunning region of Italy, where he knocked charged particles called electrons out of water molecules as part of a fundamental research project. The effort to better understand the atomic structure of water took place in the Elettra Synchrotron facility near Trieste, thanks to a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows grant, awarded  more

Fla. A.G. Moody: Help Fight the Opioid Crisis and Teen Vaping Epidemic by Participating in the 18th National Drug Take-Back Day
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody is asking Floridians to help fight the opioid crisis and teen vaping epidemic by participating in the 18th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The biannual event is an opportunity for people to properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs or controlled substances. Disposing of unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals helps prevent drug abuse, addic  more

Fla. Department of Agriculture: Commissioner Nikki Fried Celebrates National Ag Literacy Day
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: Today, Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried joined a group of second grade students from Pineview Elementary School to celebrate National Agriculture Literacy Day. In the Florida Historic Capitol, Commissioner Fried read a children's book developed in partnership by Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Inc. and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consume  more

Fla. Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: State Leaders Urge Floridians to Register Their ECI
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 24 -- The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued the following news release: The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), along with Governor Ron DeSantis, To Inform Families First (TIFF), the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and Senator Bill Galvano are urging Florida residents to take the time to register or update their Emergency Contact Information (ECI) to ensure their loved ones are promptly notified in t  more

Florida A.G. Moody Calls on Leading Online Sales Companies to Crack Down on Illegal Alcohol Sales
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody is calling on Craigslist, eBay and Facebook to take proactive measures against illegal alcohol sales on their platforms. Attorney General Moody is joining a bipartisan coalition of 46 Attorneys General in this effort to stop illegal online alcohol sales. Attorney General Ashley Moody said, "When websites like Craigslist, eBay and Facebook allow alcohol sales o  more

Florida A.G. Moody Sponsors Cybersecurity Awareness Resolution
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody today presented a resolution at a Florida Cabinet Meeting recognizing October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. NCSAM emphasizes personal accountability, stressing the importance of taking necessary precautions to improve cybersecurity at home and at work. The Governor and Florida Cabinet unanimously passed the resolution. Attorney General Ashley Mood  more

Florida Attorney General Issues Weekly Briefing on Oct. 25
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following weekly briefing: This weekend, the Drug Enforcement Administration will host the 18th National Drug Take-Back Day. Since the program's inception, more than 11 million pounds of expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications have been removed from Americans' medicine cabinets. This is so important because we are in the midst of a national opioid crisis, claiming 17 lives a day right here in Florida.  more

Florida Auditor General Issues Report on Valencia College
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 16 -- The office of the Florida Auditor General released the following report: SUMMARY This operational audit of Valencia College (College) focused on selected College processes and administrative activities and included a follow-up on findings noted in our report No. 2018-199. Our operational audit disclosed the following: Finding 1: Although required by State law, the College had not established procedures to properly inform students and employees during orientati  more

Florida Democratic Party: Matt Gaetz Leads 'Phalanx' of 'Wingnuts'
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 23 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: On October 23, Rep. Matt Gaetz, along with fellow Florida Rep. Ross Spano and with the blessing of the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, barged into a secure room designed to allow members of Congress to be briefed on classified and sensitive information. Storming the room was widely condemned and has alarmed national security experts. One scholar from the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute has  more

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces First Three Regional Public Workshops for Mitigation Funds
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity issued the following news: Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the first three regional public workshops to seek input for the use of more than $633 million in first-of-its-kind funding for disaster mitigation projects in the areas impacted by hurricanes Hermine, Matthew or Irma. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing the funding through the newly cr  more

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Designates Falling Waters State Park as State Geological Site
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 24 -- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued the following news release: Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection designated Falling Waters State Park as the newest State Geological Site. Designated State Geological Sites are areas the Florida Geological Survey has determined to be significant to the scientific study and public understanding of geological history in Florida. Designated Geological Sites also provide opportunities to   more

Florida DOT Issues Statement on National Transportation Safety Board Meeting
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following statement by Secretary Kevin J. Thibault: Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a public meeting regarding the FIU Pedestrian Bridge. After the meeting, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released the following statement: FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault said: "The events surrounding the FIU bridge collapse are absolutely heartbreaking for both the families and lo  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis and FDOT Announce $1.4 Billion Westshore Area Interchange Construction Project
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 24 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced $1.4 billion for the reconstruction of the I-275/SR 60 Westshore Area Interchange in Tampa. The project is set to take place in fiscal year 2023-2024. The reconstruction of this major system-to-system interchange in the Westshore Business District, the largest employment center in Tampa Bay, will help allevi  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis and Florida Cabinet Take Action to Expedite Construction of EAA Reservoir Project
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet took action to expedite construction of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project. During today's meeting of the Governor and Cabinet, the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund approved the early termination of a state lease with Florida Crystals on lands needed for the EAA Reservoir Project. Today's action foll  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis and FWC Announce Extension for Gulf Red Snapper Fishing
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 24 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced two additional recreational red snapper fishing days for Gulf waters, due to the timing of Tropical Storm Nestor's impacts to the state. The fall weekends season for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations, which was previously announced to occur October 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27,  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Additional Law Firms to Participate in the Governor's Initiative on Lawyers Assisting Warriors
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the participation of additional law firms in the Governor's Initiative on Lawyers Assisting Warriors (GI LAW). GI LAW began accepting pro bono legal services requests from active duty service members in May 2019, and to date, seven statewide law firms have provided free legal representation to over 60 service members. "Through GI LAW, some of our state's top   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Removal of Tamiami Trail Roadbed
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 23 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a permit to the Department of Interior's National Park Service, Everglades National Park, for the removal of 5.45 miles of roadbed along the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41). This critical project is a component of the larger Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), which also includes the Eve  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Applauds U.S. Department of Justice for More Than $291 Million in Public Safety Grant Awards
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 21 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis applauded the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for awarding more than $291 million in public safety grants to agencies and organizations across the state of Florida. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katie Sullivan announced the grants in Tampa while visiting the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough High School. "The safety and well-being of our children   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Two to the Jacksonville Port Authority
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 21 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Daniel Bean and the reappointment of Ed Fleming to the Jacksonville Port Authority. Daniel Bean Bean, of Jacksonville, is an attorney and partner at Abel Bean Law, P.A. Previously, he was a partner with Holland & Knight LLP. He served in the United States Navy from 1987 until 2012. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Breaks Ground on Embankments and Canals to Complete Caloosahatchee West Basin Storage Reservoir
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis visited the site of the Caloosahatchee (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir to break ground on the embankments and canals to complete this important Everglades restoration project. The Governor was joined by members of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as well as conservation groups, local co  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Statement on Florida Senate's Vote to Remove Scott Israel From Office
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 23 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued the below statement following the Florida Senate's vote granting the Governor's request to remove former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from office: Governor Ron DeSantis said, "I thank the Florida Senate for tending to this matter. I hope the outcome provides some measure of relief to the Parkland families that have been doggedly pursuing accountability."   more

Florida Legislators Honored for Defending Term Limits
MELBOURNE, Florida, Oct. 24 -- U.S. Term Limits issued the following news release: This past week over 20 members of the Florida Legislature were presented with the U.S. Term Limits Champion of Term Limits Award for signing the U.S. Term Limits pledge to protect eight-year term limits for legislators, which were approved by over 76 percent of Florida voters in 1992. New recipients of the award include: Joe Casello, Chuck Clemons, Nick DiCeglie, Juan-Fernandez Barquin, Travis Hutson, Tommy Grego  more

Florida Museum of Natural History: Butterflies, Plants Evolved in Sync, But Moth 'Ears' Predated Bats
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Oct. 21 -- The Florida Museum of Natural History issued the following research news: Butterflies and moths rank among the most diverse groups in the animal kingdom, with nearly 160,000 known species, ranging from the iconic blue morpho to the crop-devouring armyworm. Scientists have long attributed these insects' rich variety to their close connections with other organisms. Butterflies, they hypothesized, evolved in tandem with the plants they fed on, and moths developed   more

Florida Museum of Natural History: Scientists Sequence 1,100 Plants, Illuminating 1 Billion Years of Evolution
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Oct. 23 -- The Florida Museum of Natural History issued the following research news: Plants are evolutionary champions, dominating Earth's ecosystems for more than a billion years and making the planet habitable for countless other life forms, including us. Now, scientists have completed a nine-year genetic quest to shine a light on the long, complex history of land plants and green algae, revealing the plot twists and furious pace of the rise of this super group of organi  more

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Commissioner Altmaier Announces OIR Communications Director
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 21 -- The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued the following news release: Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexis Bakofsky as Communications Director for the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) effective Monday, October 21, 2019. "Alexis brings a wealth of experience to the communications team and we look forward to working with her to enhance OIR's communications efforts," said Insurance Commissioner  more

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Orders Larger Workers' Compensation Insurance Rate Decrease for 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 24 -- The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued the following news release: Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier issued an Order on Rate Filing today to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) requesting an amended filing to reduce workers' compensation rates by 7.5 percent for 2020. The Order notifies NCCI that the rate filing submitted for a 5.4% rate decrease has been disapproved and, if amended by November 4, 2019, will be approved   more

Florida State Sen. Perry Presents Bill to Address First Responder Suicide Rates
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville: Senator Keith Perry (R- Gainesville) garnered unanimous support in the Senate Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee today for legislation which would allow confidentiality for first responders who seek personal and professional support from their peers. A study by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services found that first responders are les  more

Florida State Sen. Stewart Receives Unanimous Support for Removing Statute of Limitations for Child Victims of Sexual Battery
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando: Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) received unanimous support in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee today for legislation that would remove the statute of limitations for sexual battery offenses committed against any victim under age 18. "This is an important first step in an effort to guarantee that justice can be served in cases of sexual assault a  more

Florida State University College of Education Receives Three Grants for Special Education Research
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 24 -- Florida State University issued the following news: Florida State University's College of Education has received three multimillion-dollar grants to fund projects aimed at addressing the shortage of qualified special education teachers faced by school districts across the nation. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, each of these five-year grants will train future teachers and university faculty to improve e  more

Florida State University to Receive Council on Undergraduate Research Award for Outstanding Accomplishments
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 23 -- Florida State University issued the following news: Florida State University will be honored with a prestigious national award in recognition of its exemplary programs that provide high-quality research experiences for undergraduates. The Council on Undergraduate Research will present the 2019 Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA) at the CUR Executive Board reception at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges & U  more

Gov. Ron DeSantis and FDOT Announce $1.4 Billion Westshore Area Interchange Construction Project
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced $1.4 billion for the reconstruction of the I-275/SR 60 Westshore Area Interchange in Tampa. The project is set to take place in fiscal year 2023-2024. The reconstruction of this major system-to-system interchange in the Westshore Business District, the largest employment center in Tampa Bay, will   more

Greenberg Traurig Receives Equal Justice Pro Bono Award From Legal Services of Greater Miami
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 25 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: In recognition of Greenberg Traurig, P.A.'s sustained efforts to provide and support pro bono legal services for the underserved, the global law firm received the Equal Justice Pro Bono Award in the large firm category from Legal Services of Greater Miami on Oct. 24. Legal Services of Greater Miami provides free civil legal services for the low-income communities of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The   more

Greenberg Traurig Recognized for Pro Bono Work by Perez Art Museum Miami
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 25 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A.. was recognized for its pro bono work by the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) at the museum's 12th annual Corporate Luncheon on Oct. 23. Miami office Shareholder Robert S. Fine, chair of the ADA, Accessibility, Building & Life Safety Codes Practice, accepted on behalf of the firm. Fine has been representing PAMM on a pro bono basis in relation to the Americans with   more

Greenberg Traurig's Miami Office Adds Shareholders
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 21 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Products liability attorney Rebecca A. Ocariz has joined the Miami office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. as a shareholder, and Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Shareholder Kate Black has moved to the firm's Miami office. Ocariz, who is joining the firm's Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Practice, primarily focuses her practice on products liability and mass tort disputes. She joins  more

Greenberg Traurig's Orlando Office Honored With Orlando Business Journal Diversity in Business Award
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 23 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: The Orlando office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. was recently recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as an 'Outstanding Diverse Organization' in the small business category at the publication's second annual Diversity in Business Awards. "In this day and age, diversity initiatives must be regarded as critical to the operational success of an organization. Those who don't 'walk the wa  more

Greenberg Traurig: Angela A Korge Named Pro Bono Hero by Americans for Immigrant Justice
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 25 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Angela A. Korge, a Litigation Practice associate in the Miami office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A., was named a Pro Bono Hero by Americans for Immigrant Justice (AIJ). AIJ is a non-profit law firm that focuses on the mission of protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants through a combination of free direct legal services, impact litigation, policy reform, and public educ  more

Hilton Grand Vacations Issues Financials for 3rd Quarter of 2019
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 21 -- Hilton Grand Vacations, a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide, issued the following news release: Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) announces it will report financial results for the third quarter of 2019 before the financial markets open on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, followed by a teleconference at 11 a.m. (EDT). To access the live teleconference, please dial 1-877-407-0784 in the U.S./Canada (or +1-201-689-8560 internationally) approximately 15 minutes prior to the  more

Hitting the Road to Serve the Public: Fleet Management Named Top 50 Leading Fleet in North America for Fourth Year
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 21 -- Orange County issued the following news release: Orange County Government's Fleet Management Division has been named a Top 50 Leading Fleet in North America in 2019 by Government Fleet magazine and the American Public Works Association. This makes it four years in a row that Orange County Government has earned this distinction. "This type of recognition means a great deal to everyone in the Fleet Management Division because we work hard to ensure we're ready to ser  more

Huggins Named Dean of Tarleton's College of Science and Technology
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, Oct. 24 -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: Dr. Michael Huggins has been named dean of Tarleton State University's College of Science and Technology, effective Jan. 13, 2020. He served in a similar position at the University of West Florida, where he now teaches in the Department of Chemistry and leads research focused on the synthesis of organic molecules. He replaces Dr. James Pierce, who's retiring at year's end. Acting dean until Jan. 13 wil  more

Kacie Mcdonnell Joins Fox Nation
NEW YORK, Oct. 24 -- Fox News Channel, a cable and satellite television news channel, issued the following news release: FOX Nation, the on demand subscription-based streaming service, has signed Kacie McDonnell as a lifestyle and sports host, announced John Finley, Executive Vice President of the platform. She will make her debut at the FOX Nation Patriot Awards in St. Petersburg, Florida on Wednesday, November 6th. In making the announcement, Finley said, "We are looking forward to having Ka  more

LexisNexis: Annual Home Insurance Trends Study Reveals Record-Setting Weather-Related Losses
ATLANTA, Georgia, Oct. 24 -- LexisNexis issued the following news release: * * * - 2019 LexisNexis Home Trends Report Shows Hurricanes, Wildfires and Hail Resulted in 17% Uptick in Severity of Catastrophic Claims * * * LexisNexis(R) Risk Solutions released its fourth annual LexisNexis Home Trends Report today. The study highlights the impact that 2018 extreme weather events had on catastrophic losses and weather-related peril losses, especially in states impacted by Hurricanes Florence and M  more

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham Announces New Resort Destination in Las Vegas
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 24 -- Wyndham Destinations, a hospitality company, issued the following news release: Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND), the world's largest vacation ownership and exchange company, today announced that it is continuing the expansion of the Margaritaville Vacation Club(R) portfolio with the opening of its fourth vacation club resort destination in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February 2020. With current locations in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas, USVI, and a location in D  more

Moffitt Cancer Center Physician Admitted Into American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators
TAMPA, Florida, Oct. 24 -- Moffitt Cancer Center issued the following news release: Jason Fleming, M.D., chair of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, is among 83 esteemed surgical educators inducted into membership in the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators (TM). Fleming has been a surgical educator for more than 20 years and his interest in the field has focused on developing a curriculum that equips surgeons with the tools necessary fo  more

Nexstar Launches New State-of-the-Art Local Broadcast Facility for WMBB-TV, Panama City, Florida
IRVING, Texas, Oct. 23 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release: IRVING, TEXAS and PANAMA CITY, FL -- Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. ("Nexstar" or the "Company"), has launched a new state-of-the-art local broadcast facility in Panama City, FL (DMA #149) that will serve as the home of WMBB-TV (ABC) and mypanhandle.com. The station's previous facility was hea  more

OPKO, Pfizer Announce Positive Phase 3 Results for Somatrogon
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 21 -- Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company, issued the following news release: * * * - An Investigational Long-Acting Human Growth Hormone to Treat Children With Growth Hormone Deficiency * * * MIAMI and NEW YORK - OPKO Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) announced today that the global Phase 3 trial evaluating somatrogon dosed once-weekly in pre-pubertal children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) met its primary endpoint of non-inferiority to daily GENO  more

Orange County: Domestic Violence Commission Reconvened by Mayor Demings
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 24 -- Orange County issued the following news release: Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings recently reconvened the Orange County Domestic Violence Commission. The first meeting was held on Monday, October 21, 2019, during which the 21-member Commission discussed its broad vision, goals and objectives. The members will serve in an advisory capacity to assess gaps in services, identify significant issues and recommend solutions that will ultimately help the community redu  more

Orlando Economic Partnership: Harris Rosen and FINFROCK Honored at 2019 Annual Dinner
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The Orlando Economic Partnership issued the following news release: The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) will host its 2019 Annual Dinner featuring the James B. Greene and Schwartz Innovation Awards on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando. These awards honor those who have made the greatest impact on the economy and community through innovation and service to the Orlando region. Harris Rosen, presiden  more

Palm Beach County: Florida Association of Counties 2019 Federal Fly-in
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Oct. 24 -- Palm Beach County issued the following news release: On October 16 and 17, 2019, Commissioner Weinroth along with County Mayor Mack Bernard, Commissioner Melissa McKinlay and almost 100 Florida county representatives attended the annual Florida Association of Counties 2019 Federal Fly-In in Washington, D.C. The county has many legislative priorities that require a partnership with our federal legislative delegation. The 48-hour period was spent on Capitol   more

Palm Beach County: Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden Announces Three New Board Members
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Oct. 22 -- Palm Beach County issued the following news release: Sandy Smith, President of Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden announced three new members of the nonprofit organization's Board of Directors: Nancy Byrne has worked in both private sector firms, primarily in acquisitions, mergers and operations, and in municipal government at the Assistant Director and Director levels, reporting to the City Manager. Following an early retirement in 2015, her interests   more

Prime Therapeutics and GuideWell Find Pharmacy Point-of-Sale Alerts Reduce Opioid Overprescribing
EAGAN, Minnesota, Oct. 25 -- Prime Therapeutics, a pharmacy benefit manager, issued the following news release: New research from Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) and GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to Florida's largest health insurance company, found that alerts sent to pharmacies notifying them that insurance would cover no more than a 7-day supply for patients who were newly starting opioid therapy resulted in a decrease in patients receiving too much of the opioid  more

Raymond James Adds Multiple Professionals to Financial Services Investment Banking Practice
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Oct. 23 -- Raymond James Financial issued the following news release: Raymond James continues to expand its Financial Services Investment Banking practice with the addition of multiple senior bankers focused on the depository sector. Joining the Boston office are Robert (Bob) Hutchinson as managing director, Andrew Stager as director, Calvin Chau as vice president and analyst Frank Elder. Raymond James now has more than 50 investment bankers across seven cities national  more

Roper Technologies Issues Financials for 3rd Quarter of 2019
SARASOTA, Florida, Oct. 24 -- Roper Technologies, a software designer and developer, issued the following news: Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ROP), a leading diversified technology company, reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. Third quarter GAAP and adjusted revenue increased 3% to $1.35 billion and $1.36 billion, respectively. GAAP and adjusted gross margin expanded 80 basis points to 64.5% and 64.6%, respectively. GAAP net earnings increased 12% to $27  more

St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners Earns Best Places to Work Designation for the Fourth Year in a Row
FORT PIERCE, Florida, Oct. 24 -- St. Lucie County issued the following news: The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners was named as one of the "Best Places to Work" by the St. Lucie County Human Resource Association. A total of 15 local organizations and governmental entities were recognized during the St. Lucie County Human Resource Association's 18th Annual "Best Place to Work" Awards Ceremony. St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners was recognized as one of five organization  more

St. Lucie County Cattle Rancher Recognized as 2019 Outstanding Agriculturalist of the Year
FORT PIERCE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- St. Lucie County issued the following news: St. Lucie County cattleman Buzz Eaves was recognized as the 2019 Outstanding Agriculturalist of the Year by the Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents. The recognition ceremony took place in Fort Myers on Aug. 28. Mr. Eaves was honored during this ceremony for his leadership in Florida's agricultural industries. FACAA recognized that he is highly involved with UF/IFAS Extension and serves as an ambassador t  more

St. Lucie County Raises $6,500 to Purchase Water Purifiers for the Bahamas
FORT PIERCE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- St. Lucie County issued the following news: In just three short weeks the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners raised $6,524 to aid the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. These funds will directly benefit island residents and first responders in the Bahamas by providing water purifiers and funds to support missionary flights as they continue rebuild. County employees raised these funds by hosting a night golf tournament on Oct. 12 at Fairwin  more

State & County Elections Officials, Key Partners Participate in Tabletop Elections Security Exercise With the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 22 -- Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee issued the following news release: The Florida Department of State, Supervisors of Elections and other key partners met last week to participate in a Tabletop Elections Security Exercise facilitated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Orlando, Florida. The Tabletop Elections Security Exercise brought key stakeholders together to identify best practices for information sharing and cyber incident planning and res  more

Texas A&M University-College of Engineering: Adaptive Learning Platform and Robots Help Improve Emergency Response Operations
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Oct. 22 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Emergency response workers are in dangerous situations every day, but technology can facilitate safer work environments and protect workers from danger. Researchers at Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, Virginia Tech and the University of Florida are working to accelerate the use of new technologies in emergency response by developing an adaptive personal  more

Timeline of Ron DeSantis's Relationship With Arrested Giuliani Associates
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 23 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: Ron DeSantis continues to dodge questions about his relationship with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, but new details have emerged almost daily, highlighting a more complex relationship than DeSantis first led on. The FDP has compiled a timeline - outlining all of their public sightings that have been revealed to date. "The trail of corruption is growing, and the walls are closing in on Ron DeSantis," said FDP  more

University of Central Florida: Science Behind Zombie Ants
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 21 -- The University of Central Florida issued the following news: * * * - Biology Assistant Professor Charissa de Bekker is working to figure out how a fungus is manipulating and killing ants. * * * A zombie invasion is happening in Central Florida, but humans aren't the ones at risk. Rather, some of nature's tiniest creatures -- carpenter ants -- are the victims. Since 2016, biology Assistant Professor Charissa de Bekker has been studying zombie ants in UCF's Parasi  more

University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine: Sylvester Researchers Find PARP Inhibitors Could Be New Treatment for Common Lymphoma
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 25 [TNSmedicalresearch - Cancer Cell] -- The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine issued the following news: A study looking at PARP inhibition in diffuse large B cell lymphoma opens the door to a new way to treat this common type of cancer, according to study author Izidore S. Lossos, M.D., endowed director of the Lymphoma Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and head of the Hematological Malignan  more

University of Oklahoma Announces Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Appointment
NORMAN, Oklahoma, Oct. 18 -- The University of Oklahoma issued the following news release: The University of Oklahoma announced the appointment of Belinda Higgs Hyppolite, Ed.D. as vice president of diversity and inclusion, pending OU Board of Regents' approval. The University of Oklahoma announced today the appointment of Belinda Higgs Hyppolite, Ed.D. as vice president of diversity and inclusion, pending OU Board of Regents' approval. Hyppolite currently serves as assistant vice president f  more

University of South Florida-St. Petersburg and Jabil Partner on Citizen Data Scientist Program
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus issued the following news release: Companies across the globe harness the power of data to make better business decisions. Data scientists collect, analyze and make recommendations based on the massive amount of data generated in today's digital economy. In Pinellas County, a fortune 150 company is taking the science of data one step further. At Jabil, a leading manufacturing solutions provider that deliv  more

University of West Florida Professor Explores Use of 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoos
PENSACOLA, Florida, Oct. 21 -- The University of West Florida, a component of public state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: A growing number of Americans are turning to tattoos to inform medical personnel of their desire to not be resuscitated. This creates a predicament for medical staff: How do they know when a tattoo accurately represents a patient's wishes? In a new article in the Oregon Law Review, Dr. Brian Elzweig, associate professor with the University  more

USAID Awards Florida International University $4.2 Million to Reduce Disaster Risks in Latin America, Caribbean
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 21 -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: The United States Agency for International Development, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID-OFDA) has awarded a $4.2 million, three-year cooperative agreement to the FIU Extreme Events Institute (EEI) Disaster Risk and Resilience in the Americas program (DRRA). The program will focus on disaster risk reduction in Latin America and the Car  more

Volusia County: 25 Years of Emergency Management Certification for Jim Judge
DELAND, Florida, Oct. 22 -- Volusia County issued the following news release: Back in 1994, he was among the first in the nation to earn the prestigious professional designation as a certified emergency manager (CEM). And now, Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Judge has just been re-certified by the International Association of Emergency Managers - putting him in an elite class of emergency managers sporting the CEM credentials for 25 years. The association's certification commi  more

Wyndham Destinations Completes $300 Million Term Securitization
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 23 -- Wyndham Destinations, a hospitality company, issued the following news release: Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND) announced today that it has completed a term securitization transaction involving the issuance of $300 million of asset-backed notes. Sierra Timeshare 2019-3 Receivables Funding LLC issued approximately $126 million of Class A Notes, approximately $81 million of Class B Notes, approximately $66 million of Class C Notes, and approximately $27 million  more