Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida has the most fraud complaints in the nation
Fraud and identity theft are statewide problems. More fraud complaints are made in Florida than any other state, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Last year, 269,117 fraud complaints were filed — or 1,306 complaints out of every 100,000 residents. More from the Northwest Florida Daily News.
House set to pass $36.5B for hurricane, wildfire relief
Thursday's hurricane aid package totals $36.5 billion and sticks close to a White House request, ignoring - for now - huge demands from the powerful Florida and Texas delegations, who together pressed for some $40 billion more. More from the AP.
BlackBerry signs license deal with Florida's BLU, ends patent dispute
BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday it signed a new license agreement with BLU Products Inc, a Florida-based maker of low-end Android phones, that would end patent disputes between the two companies. More from Reuters. Also see Blackberry's news release here.
Florida officials issue dire warning: rescue citrus industry or find your orange juice elsewhere
Florida lawmakers are warning that Americans better get used to drinking orange juice from Brazil if they can't secure the federal help to rescue the state's billion-dollar citrus industry ravaged by Hurricane Irma. More from USA Today.
Appeals court rules in favor of Florida monkey farms
A Florida appeals court has quashed a lawsuit against Hendry County over two of its its monkey farms once and for all. The initial 2014 suit charged that Hendry County had illegally approved a monkey breeding farm on the Lee County border without warning area residents. More from the Naples Daily News and the AP.
Natural disasters, legal aid and the justice system
Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga will bring Florida’s perspective to a forum at Harvard Law School on October 16, 2017, when he and Texas Chief Justice Nathan Hecht will talk about how the courts and legal communities in their states responded to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
» More from the Supreme Court of Florida.
Out of the Box
Waypoint 6 Tavern & Geekery
Kevin Daniels and wife Stephanie Daniels have opened Tampa Bay's first "geek bar." They encourage people to come in costume, play tabletop role-playing games, and watch Star Trek and Harry Potter on the TVs instead of sports.
» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.
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