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Governor Ron DeSantis announces FDEM awarded more than $1 billion for hurricane recovery since Jan. 8

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has crossed the billion-dollar mark in hurricane recovery funding since January 8. This milestone comes as a direct result of major policy and procedure changes at FDEM to allow funding to be distributed as fast as possible. “As of today, we’ve paid out more than one billion dollars for hurricane recovery in this administration, which is also is a testament to our unwavering commitment to every community impacted by recent hurricanes,” said Governor DeSantis. [Source: Florida Division of Emergency Management]

Advocates: DACA Cancellation Could Impact 7,200 Florida Children

Immigration advocates say 7,200 Florida children could be harmed if their parents lose Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – or DACA - benefits that allow them to stay in the country. The United States Supreme Court will consider oral arguments Nov. 12 in a case brought by the Trump Administration that would take away those benefits. The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics recently joined nearly three dozen organizations and leaders in asking the U.S. Supreme Court, through an amicus brief, to keep the benefits in place. [Source: HealthNews Florida]

3,600 Mack Trucks employees strike in states from Pennsylvania to Florida

More than 3,600 Mack Trucks employees represented by the United Auto Workers are going on strike for "fair pay, benefits and job protections," the union said Sunday. The strike will include two locations in Pennsylvania, three in Maryland and one in Florida. "UAW members get up every day and put in long, hard hours of work from designing to building Mack trucks," Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer of the UAW and Director of the Heavy Truck Department, said in a statement. "UAW members carry on their shoulders the profits of Mack and they are simply asking for dignity, fair pay and job protections." [Source: Fox Business]

Anti-vaccine movement derails Florida bill

Despite rising concerns about a resurgence of childhood illnesses, legislation aimed at strengthening vaccination requirements for Florida schoolkids already appears dead on arrival. Activists opposed to vaccinations have packed hometown public hearings with Florida lawmakers this month, urging them to reject a measure that would eliminate a religious exemption used by a record-high percentage of Florida parents to get their children out of state-required school immunizations. The pushback apparently has paid off. [Source: The Ledger]

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› Should FWC stop spraying glyphosate, herbicides to kill weeds, hyacinth on Florida lakes?
There is a tsunami coming for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. What's at stake is the health of Florida's 31,978 lakes.

› Online course could help turn that restaurant gig into a career
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg Hospitality Leadership Program, under the umbrella of the university’s Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership, will offer a 16-week, online professional training program beginning in January.

› Manatee planning board recommends commercial projects
Several commercial projects, including two that are generating objections from nearby residents, received recommendations of approval Thursday from a panel that advises the Manatee County Commission on land-use matters.

› These Florida public companies had the highest employee compensation in 2018
Tampa Bay Business Journal compiled a ranking of the highest paying of Florida’s 50 largest public companies based on their total employee compensation in 2018.

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