Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Census fight could have political ramifications for Florida
With the U.S. Supreme Court moving quickly to hear the case, a legal battle about a proposed citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. census could have political ramifications for Florida. The once-a-decade reapportionment process relies heavily on census data. Nationally, the data is used to determine how many congressional seats each state will have. More from CBS Miami and the Northwest Florida Daily News.
Self-driving trucks already rolling on Florida highways
You may be sharing the highway with a self-driving tractor-trailer and never even know it. That's becoming more and more of a reality in Florida. Recently, FOX 13 was invited to tag along with Starsky Robotics as they tested one of the autonomous trucks on the highway. More from FOX 13.
Royal Caribbean orders sixth Oasis-class ship
Royal Caribbean is planning on growing its fleet of the world’s largest cruise ships to Brady Bunch size levels. The company announced Monday it has entered into an agreement with Chantiers de l'Atlantique to build a sixth Oasis-class vessel that would debut in fall 2023. See the announcement from Royal Caribbean and read more from the Orlando Sentinel.
AAA: Florida gas prices predicted to rise this week
Oil and wholesale gasoline prices surged to their highest levels since November, raising the average price of gas anywhere from 10-20 cents higher. On Monday AAA reports Florida gas prices average around $2.23 per gallon but the Panhandle is still plagued with costs much higher as price gouging continues to be a concern following Hurricane Michael. More from MyPanhandle.com.
Hurricane Michael recovery funding money not in federal spending bill
Not only did the compromise funding bill – the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, adopted to avoid another government shut-down – only include $1.375 billion for Trump’s $5.7 border wall budget request, it includes no money for assistance to Panhandle communities and farmers devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018. More from the Florida Watchdog.
Out of the Box
How Tampa Bay workplaces became pro-pet
Pet perks have become common in prominent companies such as Google and Amazon to attract employees and reduce in-office stresses. Now those perks are spreading across smaller workplaces in Florida and dog-friendly Tampa Bay.
» More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida Skin Center
Florida Skin Center is among 512 companies nationwide recognized as a 2018 winner in the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Program, joining organizations such as Panasonic, Prudential, Sony, T-Mobile and Ace Hardware. Founded by an initiative that recognizes quality and excellence in health awareness and employee wellness, the Best and Brightest assessed Florida Skin Center in areas of communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition and retention.
» Read more from the Business Observer.
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