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State Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday November 10, 2019 ( 94 items )  

ABC and Disney Channel Bring the Magic of Disney Parks to Viewers With Three Holiday Specials Featuring Some of Today's Biggest Stars
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Nov. 8 -- Disney World issued the following news release: * * * - Matthew Morrison, Emma Bunton and Jesse Palmer to host ABC's prime-time and Christmas Day specials - Performers to include Sting, Shaggy, Portugal. The Man, Pentatonix, Andy Grammer, Ingrid Michaelson, Ally Brooke, Meg Donnelly, Grace VanderWaal, Lindsey Stirling and more * * * This holiday season, ABC and Disney Channel will transport the magic of Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line during the holi  more

Alamo Colleges District Receives Top National Award for Website
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Nov. 4 -- The Alamo Colleges District issued the following news release: The Alamo Colleges District's website was awarded the top honor for best user interface and navigation at the Episerver Ascend Conference on October 29 in Miami, Florida. This award is given to the website that is judged to be the best at helping visitors find information and complete tasks quickly and efficiently. The winning sitewas required to be easy to navigate and have strong search capabilities   more

Alston and Bird: SmartFinancial Announces Acquisition of Progressive Financial Group
ATLANTA, Georgia, Nov. 7 -- Alston and Bird, a law firm, issued the following news release: Alston & Bird client SmartFinancial Inc., parent company of SmartBank, has announced a proposed agreement to acquire Progressive Financial Group Inc., parent company of Progressive Savings Bank, in a cash and stock transaction valued at $41.4 million. Based in Jamestown, TN, Progressive Savings has six full-service offices in central Tennessee and more than $300 million in total assets. SmartFinancial   more

Blue Pill Day Can Help Prevent HIV, But People Most at Risk Are Not Taking It: Florida International University
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 6 -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: * * * - An FIU study of transgender women in South Florida is sounding the alarm * * * Transgender women--people born male who identify as women--are the population most at risk for HIV. They are also the most understudied population. "We need to find out who they are, how old they are, where they live, where they work, what's their lifestyle," says   more

Burr and Forman: Jacksonville Partner Scott Thomas Appointed to Special Task Force by Supreme Court of Florida
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, Nov. 4 -- Burr and Forman, a law firm, issued the following news: Jacksonville partner Scott Thomas was recently appointed to serve on the Task Force on the Distribution of IOTA Funds. The Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program operates in accordance with the provisions of rule 5-1.1(g) of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar. Under the Program, all IOTA funds flow to The Florida Bar Foundation. These reserves are to be used to fund programs that improve the administrati  more

Business Graduate Thiel Appointed to Florida State University Board of Trustees
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The Florida State University's College of Business issued the following news: * * * - Sasser reappointed * * * The Florida Board of Governors appointed business executives John Thiel (pictured top) and Bob Sasser (pictured bottom) to the Florida State University Board of Trustees during its Oct. 30 meeting. Their five-year terms will start Jan. 6, 2020. Thiel, who earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from FSU in 1983, recently retired as vice chairman of   more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 5 -- 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: 01 November 2019 Number of shares purchased: 50,000 shares Highest price paid per share: 3145.0 pence Lowest price paid per share  more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 7 -- Carnival, a leisure travel company, issued the following news release: In accordance with Carnival Corporation & plc's (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) previously announced Share Repurchase Programme, Carnival Corporation & plc announces that Carnival plc has purchased: Shares purchased: Carnival plc ordinary USD 1.66 shares Date of purchase: 06 November 2019 Number of shares purchased: 50,000 shares Highest price paid per share: 3254.0 pence Lowest price paid per share  more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 8 -- 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: 07 November 2019 Number of shares purchased: 50,000 shares Highest price paid per share: 3271.0 pence Lowest price paid per share  more

Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy Visits Grand Bahama, Tours Development Site And Keynotes Girlcon Conference
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 7 -- Carnival, a leisure travel company, issued the following news release: Continuing the ongoing partnership between Carnival and Grand Bahama, Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy and members of her senior leadership team visited the island to meet with government officials, tour the line's development site and host GirlCON's third annual conference aboard Carnival Glory. "We welcome Christine and the Carnival leadership team to our island," said Senator The H  more

CFO Patronis: Move Your Alexa, Siri, or Google Home Assistant Away From Windows to Protect From Lasers 'Hack'
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 7 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis alerts consumers of a recent study showing that voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant can be "hacked" with special lasers. Troubling details from the study outline that hackers can attack a smart speaker with a laser from outside your house to break in by opening a smart garage door or steal your money   more

Chicago Department of Aviation: Airports Council International-North America Recognizes Winners of Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, Customer Service Awards
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 9 -- The Chicago Department of Aviation issued the following news: The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) was awarded the 2019 Peggy G. Hereford Award for Overall Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Service Programs. This top honor is the "best in show" award for Airports Council International North America (ACI-NA) Marketing and Communications awards programs. Deputy Commissioner Castalia Serna accepted the award on behalf of CDA during ACI-  more

Chiquita Goes Bananas Over Record Breaking Runner
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Nov. 7 -- Chiquita, a distributor of bananas, issued the following news: Chiquita has helped track and field coach Melvin Nyairo to achieve his dream of breaking a Guinness World Record(TM) for the fastest half marathon dressed as a fruit. Melvin's dream fitted well with Chiquita's mission to highlight that fitness and a healthy lifestyle can be fun. It has worked with and supported runners and athletes throughout its history. After gaining attention for running a hal  more

City of Tallahassee: Three Move Forward in Selection Process for Next Chief of Police
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 4 -- The city of Tallahassee issued the following news release: * * * - Candidate Presentations and Community Meet-and-Greet to be held Nov. 18 * * * Today, the Community Partners Committee refined the list of candidates for the next Chief of Police to three finalists. "Each of the nine candidates that interviewed today are highly qualified and deserving of our gratitude for their dedication to public safety," City Manager Reese Goad said. "From the beginning, loc  more

County Council Members to Attend Roundtable
DELAND, Florida, Nov. 7 -- Volusia County issued the following news release: Two or more members of the Volusia County Council will attend the meeting of the Roundtable of Volusia County Elected Officials at noon Monday, Nov. 18, in the Dennis R. McGee Room of the Daytona Beach International Airport, 700 Catalina Drive. District 3 County Council Member Deborah Denys will discuss Volusia County Government's efforts to bring the aerospace industry to the county. The group, which consists of one  more

FDOT Releases Agenda for M-CORES Task Force December Meetings, Schedules Additional Public Meetings
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following news release: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) today released the agenda for each of the December Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) Task Force meetings and scheduled additional public meetings for each of the task forces. The additional meetings in February and April will allow more time for each task force to study various aspects of the proposed M-CORES pr  more

First Lady Casey DeSantis Launches Discussion of Youth Suicide at Florida's Children and Youth Cabinet Meeting
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 4 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis, as chair of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet, led Cabinet members in a discussion of the alarming increase in youth suicide and called for members to work with their agencies to develop new ideas to amplify and analyze the state's response to the epidemic. In Florida, death by suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death among all ages but is the fourth-leadi  more

Fisher Phillips Partner Elected Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 7 -- Fisher Phillips, a law firm, issued the following news: Fisher Phillips partner Charles Caulkins has been elected Chairman of the Board for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. This is the highest-ranking elected leadership position within the Florida Chamber. "Charles Caulkins is the right leader to help us unite Florida's business community as it grows from the 17th largest economy in the world to the 10th largest on the planet," said Mark Wilson, President and CE  more

Fla. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: Commissioner Nikki Fried Announces $380 Million in USDA Disaster Relief for Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: Today, Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $380.7 million in federal block grant funding for Florida farmers devastated by Hurricane Michael, including direct relief for timber producers. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will administer the USDA block grants alongside th  more

Fla. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: Commissioner Nikki Fried Applauds Florida PSC Vote on FEECA Energy Efficiency Goals
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: Today, the Florida Public Service Commission voted 4-1 to reject efforts to allow investor-owned utilities to set energy efficiency and conservation goals at or near zero. Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried had called upon the FPSC to adopt meaningful energy efficiency standards and to reconsider the outdated Florida Energy Efficiency & Conservation Act (FEEC  more

Fla. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: Commissioner Nikki Fried Tours Red Tide at Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 7 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: Today, Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried visited Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota to view red tide conditions on Florida's Gulf Coast. Commissioner Fried was joined by State Representative Margaret Good (HD-72), Mote Marine Laboratory President & CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby, UF/IFAS Sarasota Extension Director Lee Hayes Byron, and New College of   more

Fla. Department of Health: New Administrator Selected for Charlotte County
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 7 -- The Florida Department of Health issued the following news release: The Florida Department of Health is pleased to announce Dr. Joseph Pepe as the Administrator for the Department of Health in Charlotte County (DOH-Charlotte). Dr. Pepe will be responsible for overseeing all operations including planning, directing, developing and coordinating public health programs and activities. He will also address state and local public health priorities and provide populatio  more

Fla. Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: Florida Highway Trooper Receives Roadway Designation
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued the following news release: * * * - Interchange named in remembrance of fallen State Trooper * * * On November 7, 2019, the interchange at Interstate 10 and Mahan Road was renamed in remembrance of fallen Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper William Herman Dyer, III. Trooper Dyer began his career with FHP in 1994 as a member of the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary. Trooper Dyer later applied a  more

Florida A.G. Moody Announces Partnership With Statewide Legal Helpline to Better Protect Veterans and Service Members
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody today announced a new partnership to bolster ongoing efforts to protect Florida veterans and service members. The partnership between the Florida Attorney General's Military and Veteran Assistance Program and Bay Area Legal Services' Florida Veterans Legal Helpline will allow for a more rapid response to fraud, identity theft and other legal issues confronting c  more

Florida A.G. Moody, Truckers Against Trafficking and the Florida Trucking Association Host Human Trafficking Training Event
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 6 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody, along with Truckers Against Trafficking and the Florida Trucking Association, today hosted a training seminar in Orlando to aid truck drivers in spotting and stopping human trafficking. The training is beneficial for all stakeholders by encouraging cooperation in implementing effective strategies to combat human trafficking statewide. Attorney General Ashley M  more

Florida Atlantic University Receives Art Donation Valued at More Than $3.8 Million
BOCA RATON, Florida, Nov. 5 -- Florida Atlantic University, a component of the state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: Florida Atlantic University recently received a donation of artwork valued at more than $3.8 million from Rick and Lesley Stone. A total of 17 paintings, including works by Henri Matisse, Edward Willis Redfield, David Park and John Henry Twachtman, will make up the Rick and Lesley Stone Art Collection, which will be housed in the Ritter Art Galler  more

Florida Attorney General Issues Weekly Briefing on Nov. 8
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following weekly briefing: The Florida Medical Examiners released new statistics this week highlighting a decrease in drug-related deaths. Opioid-related deaths declined by 10 percent and overall it appears Florida is moving in the right direction. While this is encouraging, far too many people continue to die from drug abuse in our state. We must do more to stop the national opioid crisis ravaging Florida. Accord  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Activates C-44 Stormwater Treatment Area
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis visited the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) site to highlight Everglades restoration and activate the pumps which began the process of filling the manmade wetland with water. The C-44 STA will remove harmful nutrients and provide regional water quality benefits. Joined by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein, t  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Join DEP, DOH and FWC to Launch First-Ever Comprehensive Water Quality Dashboard
FORT MYERS, Florida, Nov. 5 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis held events in Fort Myers and Stuart to announce the launch of ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov, the state's first-ever comprehensive water quality dashboard. The Governor and First Lady were joined by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, Chief Science Officer  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces $3 Million Available Through Rural Revolving Loan Fund
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 4 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces $3 million available through the Rural Community Development Revolving Loan Fund Program to fund projects in rural communities that create and retain jobs, maintain economic activity of an existing industry or promote diversification of the local economy. "Opportunities for investment and economic development are critical to the health of local economies in al  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces $380 Million for Florida's Timber Industry for Hurricane Michael Recovery
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $380 million in grant funding for Florida's timber industry following the impact of Hurricane Michael. USDA announced this funding today as part of an $800 million package to agricultural producers in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. This grant will be administered by the Florida Division of Emergency Mana  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Efforts to Increase Transparency in Florida's Health Care System
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 4 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a number of transparency initiatives to significantly improve Florida's health care system. The Governor was joined by Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Secretary Mary Mayhew, Representative Chris Sprowls and Representative Wengay Newton. The Governor announced the launch of Florida's updated transparency web tool, the creation of the Governor's Tra  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Free Admission for Florida State Parks in Honor of Veterans Day
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service will offer free admission for all families and visitors on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in recognition of Veterans Day. Florida State Parks offer year-round discounts on annual entrance passes to those who currently serve or have served in the U.S. military, veterans with service-related d  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Benjamin Butler to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Benjamin Butler to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. This appointment fills the final vacancy on this nine-member board. Benjamin Butler Butler, of Lorida, is the manager of Butler Oaks Farm, a family owned dairy farm. Butler Oaks Farm has operated for more than 80 years and has received the Agricultural-Environme  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Two to the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Jack Bispham and Seth Weightman to the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board. Jack Bispham Bispham, of Myakka City, is the owner and operator of Red Bluff Plantation. Previously, he was the owner of Bayside Sod from 1988 until 2018. He has served as a Soil and Water Conservation Service Supervisor, a member of the Man  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Encourages Veterans to Participate in Seventh Annual Paychecks for Patriots Career Fair
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 6 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis proclaimed November 4 -15, 2019, as Paychecks for Patriots weeks in Florida. Paychecks for Patriots is a partnership with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the CareerSource Florida network, the Florida National Guard, the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (FDVA) and participating Florida employers to hold job fairs for veterans and their familie  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Joins FDOT for Groundbreaking of the Tyndall Flyover
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 6 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis joined Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Kevin Thibault for a groundbreaking ceremony of the Tyndall Flyover, a new project at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) that will improve access and security to the base. The project will elevate the travel lanes of U.S. 98 above the Tyndall Drive main entrance to the base, separating through-traffic on U.S. 98 from  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Reappoints Alonzie Scott to the University of West Florida Board of Trustees
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Alonzie Scott to the University of West Florida Board of Trustees. Alonzie Scott Scott, of Philadelphia, is the director of the Enterprise Talent Management Office and a senior executive advisor at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD). Previously, he served as a program manager for the Naval Sea Systems Command   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Reappoints Hector Vila to the Florida Board of Medicine
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Hector Vila to the Florida Board of Medicine. Hector Vila Vila, of Tampa, is a founding partner at Pediatric Dental Anesthesia. He was appointed to the Florida Board of Medicine in 2016 and subsequently elected vice-chair. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and his doctor of medicine from Louisiana State University.   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis, FWC and the SFWMD Announce the Removal of Thousands of Burmese Pythons From the Everglades
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 4 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced and applauded the efforts of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to remove more than 3,600 invasive Burmese pythons from South Florida's Everglades System. This month, FWC's Python Action Team reached a major milestone of removing 1,000 Burmese pythons from the wild in Florida. The  more

Florida International University Joins National Alliance Aimed at Developing More Inclusive, Diverse STEM Faculty
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 4 -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: FIU has joined a three-year institutional change effort known as the Aspire IChange Network to develop inclusive faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention practices. FIU is part of a new group of 20 universities, which join 15 universities that are already part of the initiative. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) co-leads the  more

Florida International University Researchers: There's 'Window of Opportunity' in Bahamas for Stronger Building Code Enforcement
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 5 -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: * * * - Extreme Events Institute researchers analyzed results from first post-Dorian survey of Bahamians, find increased public support for safer construction, stricter code enforcement * * * Most people in the Bahamas support the funding of stronger building code enforcement, based on the results of the first national survey of Bahamians conducted in  more

Florida Museum of Natural History: Ancient Bone Protein Reveals Which Turtles Were on Menu in Florida, Caribbean
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Nov. 4 -- The Florida Museum of Natural History issued the following research news: Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of modern-day Florida and the Caribbean feasted on sea turtles, leaving behind bones that tell tales of ancient diets and the ocean's past. An international team of scientists used cutting-edge technology to analyze proteins from these bones to help identify which turtle species people fished from the ocean millennia ago. This can aid modern conserva  more

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Office of Inspector General Seeks Accreditation
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued the following news release: The Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) Office of Inspector General will be undergoing an assessment by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation in an effort to attain accredited status. On December 10, 2019, the OIR Office of Inspector General Investigations Section will be assessed for compliance on policies and procedures, management, operations and practices. A copy  more

Florida PSC Grants Interim Relief for Florida Public Utilities
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following news release: To avoid excessive customer rate shock, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved a stipulation offered jointly by Florida Public Utilities Company (FPUC) and the Office of Public Counsel, which represents Florida's consumers. The "Storm Interim Stipulation" will help cover the electric utility's restoration costs from Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 hurricane that caused ex  more

Florida PSC Issues Electric & Gas Industry Order Summary for Nov. 4-8
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following weekly summary of orders for Nov. 4-8: ELECTRIC INDUSTRY DOCKET NO. 20190131-EU DATE FILED: 11/04/2019 ORDER NO. AND DESCRIPTION: PSC-2019-0469-PCO-EU Order PSC-2019-0469-PCO-EU denying motion to suspend hearing on proposed Rules 25-6.030 and 25-6.031, FAC, and initiate formal proceedings. DOCKET TITLE: Proposed adoption of Rule 25-6.030, F.A.C., Storm Protection Plan and Rule 25-6.031, F.A.C., Storm  more

Florida PSC Maintains Higher Utility Energy Conservation Goals
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following news release: Rejecting its staff recommendation, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today voted to continue its 2015 peak demand and energy conservation goals for electric utilities subject to the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA). The Commissioners also chose to actively pursue the modernization of FEECA to generate higher efficiency goals with next generation programs. Co  more

Florida PSC Moves Forward With Storm Protection Rules
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today held a public hearing on its proposed storm protection rules at the request of the Office of Public Counsel (OPC). Approved by the Commission on October 3, the proposed rules require utilities to create ten-year storm protection plans to reduce restoration costs and outage times associated with extreme weather events. After hearing from OPC   more

Florida PSC Opens Proceeding on Tele Circuit Network Rule Violations
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today ordered Tele Circuit Network Corporation (Tele Circuit) to show cause why its Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) status in Florida should not be revoked for using non-compliant wireless service for its Lifeline Assistance customers. The Lifeline program helps keep low-income consumers connected to family, friends, and community, as wel  more

Florida PSC: New 448 Area Code Coming to North Florida in 2021
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following news release: With new phone numbers in high demand in North Florida, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved an area code overlay that will add a new 448 area code to the area now served by the existing 850 area code. Expected to begin in mid-2021, the new area code overlay will affect only new phone numbers. "Florida's 850 area code is running out of telephone numbers, so this plan i  more

Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee Designates Main Street Blountstown as the Florida Main Street Program of the Month
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 4 -- Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee issued the following news release: Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee announced today that Main Street Blountstown has been designated the November 2019 Florida Main Street Program of the Month. Programs are selected based on their development achievements and participation in the Florida Main Street program. "Main Street Blountstown has made tremendous strides to help their community following Hurricane Michael's impact la  more

Florida State Sen. Baxley, Rep. Yarborough File Legislation to Combat Rising Cost of Divorce in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Lady Lake: Senator Dennis Baxley (R-Lady Lake) and Representative Clay Yarborough (R-Jacksonville) accounced today that they have filed SB 684 and HB 319 to combat the rising cost of divorce to Florida's citizens. This legislation would create the Marriage Education Committee within the Department of Children and Families, for the purpose of creating the Florida  more

Florida State Sen. Stewart Files Bill to Protect Floridians From Mass Shootings
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 6 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando: Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) has filed legislation to ban the sale of large-capacity magazines, answering the call from nearly three-quarters of Floridians who want the state to do more to curb gun violence. SB 794 defines a large-capacity magazine as holding more than 10 rounds. "It's time to take action and the research is clear - banning large-c  more

Florida State Sen. Taddeo, Rep. Maria Rodriguez File Legislation to Accurately Test Student's Abilities Regardless of Language Spoken
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 6 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami: State Senator Annette Taddeo (D-Miami) filed the Native Language Assessment bill, SB 678, which would allow students with limited English proficiency take state exams in their Native Language. State Representative Ana Maria Rodriguez (R-Miami) has filed the companion bill in the House, HB 515. "I know first-hand the difficulties that accompany learning a new l  more

Gary Clark Elected Chairman of the Florida PSC
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following news release: By unanimous vote, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today elected Commissioner Gary F. Clark as Chairman to serve a two-year term beginning January 2, 2020. Commissioner Clark, recently reappointed to the PSC for a term ending in 2023, was first appointed to the Commission in 2017. "I am honored to serve as Chairman and appreciate the support of my fellow Commissioners. I am grat  more

Gresco Celebrates 15th Annual Fall Fest in Florida Warehouse
FORSYTH, Georgia, Nov. 4 -- Gresco, a utility and electrical supplies distributor, issued the following news: On Friday, October 18th, 2019, 427 customers, exhibitors, and employees gathered in Gresco's Florida warehouse for the 15th Annual Fall Fest! Exhibitors promptly arrived beginning at 7am and made their way to the check-in tables where they, along with customers who arrived later that morning, were introduced to a new registration system. Guests were able to quickly type in their name in  more

Jones Lang LaSalle Announces Sale of Central Florida Retail Center
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 4 -- Jones Lang LaSalle issued the following news release: * * * - The property is in a rapidly growing Daytona Beach community * * * JLL announced today that it has closed the sale of Countryside Shopping Center, a 124,268-square-foot, grocery-anchored shopping center in the Daytona Beach-area community of Port Orange, Florida. JLL marketed the property on behalf of the seller, Phillips Edison & Company, Inc. The buyer is an affiliate of Atlanta-based Vanguard Associa  more

Jones Lang LaSalle Closes Sale of New Retail Property in Suburban Chicago
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 5 -- Jones Lang LaSalle issued the following news release: * * * - The single-tenant building is occupied by Goodwill * * * JLL announced today that is has closed the sale of a newly constructed, 18,000-square-foot, single-tenant retail property that is triple net leased to Goodwill in the Chicago suburb of Glenview, Illinois. JLL marketed the property on behalf of the seller, a Chicago-based merchant developer. Best Properties LLC of Florida purchased the asset in   more

Jones Lang LaSalle: Retail Center Sold in Orlando's Main Tourist Corridor
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 4 -- Jones Lang LaSalle issued the following news release: * * * - JLL brokered the $20.5M sale of the strip center and will handle the leasing assignment * * * JLL announced today that it has closed the $20.5 million sale of and secured the leasing assignment for Tourist Plaza, a 50,712-square-foot, fully leased strip center along Orlando's main tourist thoroughfare, International Drive. JLL procured and represented, collectively with Orion Real Estate Group, the b  more

Latin Recording Academy and Univision Announce Official Sponsors for the 20th Annual Latin Grammy Awards
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 9 -- Univision Communications, a media company serving Hispanic America, issued the following news release, dated Nov. 5: * * * - Leading International Brands Team Up to Celebrate The Biggest Night in Latin Music * * * The Latin Recording Academy(R) and Univision Communications Inc. announced today the official sponsors for the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards(R). The event will connect leading international brands through innovative programs and campaigns with Latin musi  more

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez to Lead Trade Mission to Colombia
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez announced that she will lead a delegation of small and mid-sized businesses on an export sales mission to Bogota, Colombia. The mission, coordinated by Enterprise Florida (EFI) will take place from November 18-21, 2019. The trade mission includes representatives from 19 Florida manufacturing and exporting firms who will be matched with Colombian importers th  more

McGuireWoods: Law360 Quotes Skip Fox on Trump's Move to Florida
RICHMOND, Virginia, Nov. 5 -- McGuireWoods, a law firm, issued the following news: Law360 quoted McGuireWoods partner Skip Fox in a Nov. 1 story about the tax advantages of President Trump's decision to move his legal residence from New York to Florida. The story detailed how Trump benefits by moving to a state with no income, estate or inheritance taxes, and with homestead laws that provide additional advantages. The article also noted that Trump could face an audit by New York's tax depart  more

Mobile Health App to Link Underserved Community to Local Services, Resources: Florida International University
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 5 -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: Helping vulnerable populations gain access to local health services is traditionally a task that requires training community health workers to link hard-to-reach and vulnerable communities to local resources. Unfortunately, experts find, this framework only creates dependence on these workers. To meet the goals of linking communities to services, as wel  more

N.C. Utilities Commission Issues Order Involving Blue Atlantic Flats
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Nov. 7 -- The North Carolina Utilities Commission issued the following order (Docket No. 2908): In the Matter of Application by Blue Atlantic Flats, LP, 1025Kane Concourse, Suite 215, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida 33154, for Authority to Transfer Certificate of Authority to Charge for Water and/or Sewer Utility Service in The Flats @ 55Twelve Apartments in Durham County, North Carolina ORDER GRANTING TRANSFER OF CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORITY AND APPROVING RATES BY THE COMMI  more

New York Gov. Cuomo Issues Statement on President Trump Twitter Rantings
ALBANY, New York, Nov. 6 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following statement on President Trump twitter rantings: "The President lost his right to call New York 'our' city, when he moved his residence to Florida. The move was an obvious legal tactic to convince a judge not to grant the Manhattan District Attorney's motion to force production of Trump's tax returns as Trump could claim he was no longer a New York resident. His trick failed when a judge ruled yesterday that his New Y  more

Newmark Knight Frank Represents Buyer in $24 Million Industrial Land Acquisition in Miami, Florida
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 4 -- Newmark Knight Frank, a division of BGC Partners, issued the following news release: Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) announced today it represented the buyer in the $24 million acquisition of a 20-acre industrial site in Miami. The deal paves the way for a new infill development project, to be named Gratigny Logistics Park, in a highly sought-after market known for its scarcity of developable land. Panattoni Development Company (PDC) purchased the property at 3000 NW 123rd  more

NICE Integrations With Microsoft Teams to Be Showcased at Microsoft Ignite
HOBOKEN, New Jersey, Nov. 8 -- NICE inContact, a NICE business, issued the following news release: * * * - Financial institutions and contact centers that rely on Microsoft Teams will be able to improve compliance through advanced interactions capture * * * NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) today announced it will be showcasing how NICE's solutions work with Microsoft Teams to improve compliance during the Microsoft Ignite Conference which is taking place November 4-8, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. "We are e  more

NICE Integrations With Microsoft Teams to Be Showcased at Microsoft Ignite
HOBOKEN, New Jersey, Nov. 8 -- NICE, an enterprise software solutions provider, issued the following news release: * * * - Financial institutions and contact centers that rely on Microsoft Teams will be able to improve compliance through advanced interactions capture * * * NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) today announced it will be showcasing how NICE's solutions work with Microsoft Teams to improve compliance during the Microsoft Ignite Conference which is taking place November 4-8, 2019 in Orlando, Flo  more

Orlando Economic Partnership Forms the Orlando Tech
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 4 -- The Orlando Economic Partnership issued the following news release: Today, the Orlando Economic Partnership (The Partnership) announced the formation of the Orlando Tech Council. This council comprised of private industry, resource organizations and public partners will develop new programs with the core objectives to strengthen the region's innovation resources, create new opportunities for companies to scale, and to amplify the region's success stories raising the   more

Paid Sick Leave, Flextime Benefits Result in More Retirement Savings: Florida Atlantic University
BOCA RATON, Florida, Nov. 6 [TNSsociologyresearch-Community, Work and Family journal] -- Florida Atlantic University, a component of the state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: The United States is facing a retirement savings crisis. Nearly half of all Americans have nothing saved for their retirement or have no access to retirement plans at work. About half of white Americans will not be able to maintain their standard of living in retirement and the situation is  more

Palm Beach County: Parks & Recreation Annual Report Wins Health+Wellness Design Award
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Nov. 6 -- Palm Beach County issued the following news release: The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department was selected by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) as the winner of the 2019 American Health+Wellness Design Awards for its 2018 Annual Report. The publication celebrates a particularly memorable year and the unique design commemorates the Department's acceptance of the National Gold Medal Award for excellence in the field of park and recreation management, the  more

Palm Tran's RPM Project Delivers
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Nov. 6 -- Palm Beach County issued the following news release: A year has passed since Palm Tran launched its Route Performance Maximization (RPM) project, its first bus system overhaul in more than two decades. The anticipated goal of the project was to improve on-time performance and route efficiency through streamlining routes, increasing frequency and adding service on evenings and weekends. "More than three years of combined effort went into implementing the RPM   more

Port Tampa Bay Welcomes New Director of Communications
TAMPA, Florida, Nov. 7 -- Port Tampa Bay issued the following news: Port Tampa Bay President/CEO Paul Anderson welcomes Lisa Wolf-Chason as its new Director of Communications. Wolf-Chason started the new position Nov. 4. Wolf-Chason's experience spans local public relations and media relations roles, as well as several years in broadcast journalism. She most recently worked as the Public Information Officer for Pinellas County Schools where she served as the district spokesperson and handled a  more

Satcom Direct Confirmed as Most Innovative Company at AsBAA Icons of Aviation Awards
MELBOURNE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- Satcom Direct, a provider of computer programming services, issued the following news: Satcom Direct's reputation as a pioneer in providing game changing business aviation solutions was confirmed by the Asian business aviation community during this year's Icons of Aviation Awards 2019, held on Saturday 2 November. Up against an elite business aviation line-up, SD was named Most Innovative Company of the year at the prestigious, black-tie charity gala event, held in  more

Saturday Football Tripleheader on ACC Network Highlighted by No. 15 Notre Dame at Duke
BRISTOL, Connecticut, Nov. 7 -- ACC Network, a part of ESPN, issued the following news release: A compelling ACC football tripleheader highlights Week 11 on ACC Network (ACCN), the new 24/7 national platform dedicated to ACC sports, Saturday, Nov. 9. Included in the slate of games is Florida State at Boston College, No. 19 Wake Forest at Virginia Tech and ACC Network Primetime Football - No. 15 Notre Dame at Duke. Additionally, The Huddle and All ACC will be live from Duke's Wallace Wade Stadi  more

St. Petersburg 2050 Announces City-Wide Survey
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Nov. 4 -- The city of St. Petersburg issued the following news release: The City of St. Petersburg has just launched its StPete2050 visioning process - a community-wide discussion and collaboration about the future of the city. Community involvement is an essential part of the process, and the city will be using a variety of engagement opportunities, including online surveys, to encourage people to share their ideas. The first survey is live to gather feedback about c  more

St. Petersburg's Rainwater Rebate Program
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Nov. 6 -- The city of St. Petersburg issued the following news release: The City of St. Petersburg has launched the Rainwater Rebate Program through which St. Petersburg utility customers can earn rebates by using rainwater catchment devices that conserve potable (drinking) water and help reduce the amount of stormwater runoff entering local waterways. Available Rebates: * Rain Barrel: $50 rebate for each barrel. Maximum 2 per year/6 per property * Rain Tote: $100 re  more

Study Reveals How 98% of Plastics at Sea Go Missing Each Year: Florida Atlantic University
BOCA RATON, Florida, Nov. 8 [TNSenvironmentresearch-Journal of Hazardous Materials] -- Florida Atlantic University, a component of the state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: Trillions of plastic fragments are afloat at sea, which cause large "garbage patches" to form in rotating ocean currents called subtropical gyres. As a result, impacts on ocean life are increasing and affecting organisms from large mammals to bacteria at the base of the ocean food web. Despit  more

Sylvester Researchers Discover Possible Pathway for Immune Therapy in Pancreatic Cancer: University of Miami
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 5 [TNSmedicalresearch-Journal of Clinical Investigation] -- The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine issued the following news: Immune therapy has not worked well in pancreatic cancer because of the cancer's inherent immune resistance. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists have discovered a way to outsmart the deadly cancer's ability to prevent immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy from killing pancreatic cancer cells. "To be able to harness the treatme  more

Tampa Electric Bills to Drop for 2020, to Remain Among Lowest in Florida
TAMPA, Florida, Nov. 5 -- Tampa Electric issued the following news release: * * * - The reduction keeps residential power bills significantly below the national average * * * Tampa Electric customers will see lower monthly energy bills next year. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today unanimously approved the company's request to reduce bills. In 2020, the average residential customer's monthly energy bill will drop by about 1 percent, or $1.06, to $102.52 for 1,000 kilowatt-hour  more

Texas State Securities Board: Florida Firm Fined for Advising Texas Clients While Unregistered
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 6 -- The Texas State Securities Board issued the following news release: A Florida investment adviser paid a $5,000 fine for doing work for Texas clients while not registered with the Texas Securities Commissioner. The fine and a reprimand were part of the Disciplinary Order that Commissioner Travis J. Iles entered on Nov. 5. The commissioner also granted the investment adviser registration of the firm, Saint Petersburg, Fla.-based Frugal Financial Retirement Plan Services   more

Thomas Traynor Named Dean of Raj Soin College of Business: Wright State University
KENT, Ohio, Nov. 6 -- Wright State University issued the following news: Thomas Traynor, interim dean of the Wright State University Raj Soin College of Business, has been named the college's new dean effective Nov. 1. Traynor was named interim dean in April 2017 after serving as associate dean for graduate studies and executive education. He replaced Joanne Li, who took the position of dean of the College of Business at Florida International University. Traynor earned a Ph.D. in economics fr  more

Together, Broward County Public Schools, Magic Leap and the Florida Panthers Foundation Add a New Dimension to Student Learning
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Nov. 7 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), along with Magic Leap and the Florida Panthers Foundation, is providing students with cutting-edge technology through the Magic Leap One - adding a new dimension to their learning. Developed by Plantation-based Magic Leap, the spatial computing headset lets users see and interact with digital (virtual) content in the real world. It is incorporated into stude  more

Unisys Enhances CloudForte Services With New Optimization and Security Capabilities for Microsoft Azure
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 6 -- Unisys issued the following news release: * * * - New CloudForte features give organizations greater flexibility and security in cloud environments handling complex workloads while facing evolving threats * * * At Microsoft Ignite, Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced Unisys Cloud Architecture Navigator(TM) and Cloud Compliance Director(TM). Together, these new automated features - available immediately - enable clients to optimize operations and enhance  more

University of Florida Researchers Use Drones to Reveal Secrets of Ancient Florida Village
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Nov. 6 [TNSscientificresearch-Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal] -- The University of Florida issued the following news: Using drone technology, a team of UF researchers has uncovered how an ancient Florida village played a pivotal role in pre-Columbian geopolitics. In research led by anthropology PhD student TERRY BARBOUR, the team discovered that the settlement on Raleigh Island, located on the northern Gulf coast of Florida around 900-1200 AD, ope  more

University of Miami Health System to Open Medical Center in Downtown Doral
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine issued the following news: The University of Miami Health System plans to continue the expansion of its services throughout South Florida by building a medical center in Downtown Doral, the 250-acre mixed-use community developed by Codina Partners. "This state-of-the-art facility will allow UHealth to bring world-class health care to the rapidly growing Doral community and will serve as a western hub for our distingu  more

University of Miami: Innovative Clinical Trial to Test Stem Cells for Reducing Alcohol Intake and Mood Symptoms
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 7 -- The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine issued the following news: Along with education and clinical care, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences conducts research into a wide range of disorders. "We have a number of ongoing clinical trials into depression, anxiety, addictions, post-traumatic stress disorders and other issues," said Gabriela Vargas, M.B.A., project manager of the Behavioral Research   more

Univision Communications Issues Financials for 3rd Quarter of 2019
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 6 -- Univision Communications, a media company serving Hispanic America, issued the following investor news release: Univision Communications Inc. (the "Company"), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. Continuing Operations Results - Third Quarter 2019 Compared to Third Quarter 2018/1 * Revenue increased 8.5% to $681.4 million from $628.2 million. Core revenue2 increased 2.6% t  more

Utah State University: JCOM Professor Teams With Harvard Scientist to Write Best-Selling Book
LOGAN, Utah, Nov. 7 -- Utah State University issued the following news: Sometime just after 1492, Spanish conquistador Ponce de Leon launched his quest to find the legendary Fountain of Youth. At least he reportedly found something, even if it was Florida. Not so lucky were other time-wasting adventurers, dating back at least to ancient Greece. Aging, in all its forms, is inevitable, despite human longing. Yes, we've tweaked a few details. We now know, for instance, blood pressure's effect on  more

Volusia County: Cultural Council to Meet Nov. 22
DELAND, Florida, Nov. 7 -- Volusia County issued the following news release: The Cultural Council of Volusia County will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Arts on Douglas, 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach. Members will review the arts license plate fund and recent awards and receive an update on renovation work being done at Daytona International Airport and its connection to the county Art in Public Places program. They also will review the draft application for the 2020-2021 Community Cult  more

Volusia County: Heather Post Named Chair of National Committee
DELAND, Florida, Nov. 4 -- Volusia County issued the following news release: Volusia County Councilwoman Heather Post has been appointed as chair of the National Association of Counties' Veterans & Military Services Committee. The National Association of Counties (NaCO) unites nearly 40,000 county elected officials to promote exemplary county policies and practices, optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, advocate county priorities in federal policymaking, and much more. Coun  more

Volusia County: New Extension Director Earns County Council Confirmation
DELAND, Florida, Nov. 5 -- Volusia County issued the following news release: It's definitely a happy homecoming for Brad Burbaugh. A Volusia County native, Burbaugh is literally returning to his roots - where he began his professional journey as an agricultural teacher and FFA advisor in the Volusia County School District. Since then, Burbaugh has worked in Duval County, Clay County, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Cooperative Extension and also has gone on to earn a master's degree and Ph.D.   more

Welcome to TD Ballpark: The Spring Training Home of the Toronto Blue Jays
CHERRY HILL, New Jersey, Nov. 4 -- TD Bank, a financial services company, issued the following news release: The Toronto Blue Jays and TD Bank today announce an exciting new extension of their relationship, which will see the reimagined Blue Jays' Spring Training home in Dunedin, FL, renamed TD Ballpark. "Our team's rich history in Dunedin and the current renovation project is a point of immense pride for the Blue Jays, and we are extremely pleased to partner with TD to invest in the future of  more

Woodpecker to Parrot: 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?': Florida International University
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 6 [TNSbiologyresearch-Avian Research journal] -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: In a neighborhood on the outskirts of Miami, a red-bellied woodpecker made two individual nests in two neighboring dead palm trees. It picked one. A red-masked parakeet moved into the other. Over the summer, they shared alarm calls when strangers approached. They would fly to the same tree when Joshua Diamond e  more