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Dangerous strain of flu widespread in Florida, CDC says

Florida is among the 46 states where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting widespread flu activity. Roughly 41,000 cases have been recorded so far, nearly three times more than last season. More from the Bradenton Herald, CBS12, and WKMG.

See also:
» Florida flu review - state surveillance map
» Flu near-epidemic levels affects Jacksonville
» Some Southwest Florida pharmacies running out of Tamiflu
» Influenza across the U.S.: Where is the flu?

How Florida consumer laws break from the rest of the country

Florida’s reputation precedes it when it comes to oddities. Headlines containing "Florida man" followed by bizarre crimes regularly make national roundups. But it’s also a strange state for consumers. Florida has some rather one-of-a-kind laws, while other laws commonplace in much of the country are absent here. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirement unlikely in Florida

While the Trump administration signaled willingness this week to allow work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, the Florida Legislature is unlikely to move ahead with such a mandate this year. More from the Palm Beach Post.

South Florida lawmakers want to bring movies back to Sunshine State

Two South Florida lawmakers want to bring the movies back to their state. Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami, and Florida Rep. David Silvers, D-West Palm Beach, have filed bills in their respective branches to reestablish Florida's once-burgeoning film industry. More from WPLG.

Tampa Bay's beer businesses buzzing about growing hops in Florida

You can call Dr. Shinsuke Agehara "the hops whisperer." Tampa Bay area breweries challenged the University of Florida plant physiologist to grow 800 hops plants in the Sunshine State, specifically in a patch of field in Wimauma. More from WFTS.

Health Trends
Florida surgeons object to pain pill limits

 Seven days’ worth of pain medicines are inadequate for patients who’ve had their chests ripped open for heart surgery or had their hips or knees replaced, doctors told lawmakers considering legislation aimed at curbing the state’s opioid crisis .

» More from the Panama City News Herald.


Eglin soldier doubles as restaurant owner

florida originalsOrder the oxtail — or anything else — at Ocho Rios Caribbean Restaurant, and you might get a side order of friendly advice from the owner. And if Godfrey Nkwantabisa’s approach to life and work is any indication, it’ll be advice well worth considering. Nkwantabisa and his wife, Ursula, opened the Eglin Parkway restaurant in June as both continue to hold down full-time jobs.

» Read more from the Northwest Florida Daily News.