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September 22, 2018

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| 6/21/2018

Canadians cancel Florida visits amid snowballing tensions with U.S.

Many Canadians who live or visit Florida fear a trade war due to the increasingly strained relations with the U.S., with some deciding to boycott U.S. goods and vacations. Canada is the U.S.' second-largest trading partner — right behind China. U.S. goods and services trade with Canada totaled an estimated $673.9 billion in 2017. [Source: Naples Daily News]

Florida Keys to get nearly $50 million to clean up lingering Irma debris

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Still cleaning up storm debris nearly a year after Hurricane Irma, Monroe County has received a $49.2 million federal grant to help clear more than 100 of its clogged canals. The work is expected to start in August in unincorporated Monroe County, Marathon and Islamorada. Details in this announcement from Monroe County and find more at WPLG.

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State invests in commercial lunar lander firm, horizontal launcher

Companies aiming to land payloads on the moon and launch missions from a runway may bring work to the Space Coast under deals with Space Florida. At a board meeting Wednesday in Tampa, the state agency responsible for aerospace economic development approved loaning $1.5 million to a company identified only by the code name Project Forge. [Source: Florida Today]

Hurricane-proof homes are real. Why isn't anyone buying them?

Architects and engineers are devising increasingly effective protections against extreme weather. They’re designing homes that can deflect hurricane winds, rise with the flood waters and survive wildfires. But those innovations have been slow to spread, remaining largely the preserve of homeowners who are very wealthy, unusually safety conscious or just plain quirky. More from Bloomberg and Insurance Journal.

Florida teen first human case of another mosquito-borne virus

The first confirmed human case of Keystone virus has been diagnosed in a Florida teen, but it's likely that infection with the mosquito-borne disease is common among state residents, researchers report. The virus can cause a rash and mild fever. It's named after the location in the Tampa Bay area where it was first identified in 1964. More from Healthday and CBS-12.


› Ex-worker alleges Clearwater company violated workers compensation law
A Hernando County man is suing a Clearwater business, alleging violation of the Workers' Compensation Retaliation Statute. Adam Justine Hyde filed a complaint June 4 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against Lightning Master Corporation, alleging wrongful termination.

› Appeals court backs Rick Scott's effort to close Hollywood nursing home
A state appeals court Wednesday upheld moves by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to shut down a Hollywood nursing home that drew nationwide attention last year after the deaths of residents following Hurricane Irma.

› Customer-service vendor TTEC says it's adding 950 workers in Orlando
TTEC, a customer service and tech provider, is looking to more than double its number of employees in Orlando and add 950 jobs there. Positions TTEC intends to fill include healthcare customer service, licensed pharmacy technician, medical referral specialist and licensed health insurance agent.

› Florida Times-Union newsroom takes step to unionize
Employees of the Florida Times-Union announced plans Tuesday to form a union, an effort motivated in part by stagnant wages and recent newsroom cutbacks. Three-quarters of the newsroom signed notices filed with the National Labor Relations Board indicating a desire to become a union represented by The NewsGuild-CWA.

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