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U.S. Rep Al Lawson meets DeMarcus Williams of the Federation of Southern Cooperative Farmers following the Farmers Roundtable (3/24/18).
Stephanie Lambert / Office of Congressman Al Lawson

Nearly 100 North Florida and South Georgia farmers turned out to give Congressman Al Lawson their thoughts on what should be included in a federal farm bill. At the top of concerns: trade issues between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency is expanding its boundaries to include the area South of Monroe Street.

light trails traveling down South Monroe
Erich Martin

Some call it SOMO, others--part of the South City Culture Club. Whichever name you choose to use, the block between South Monroe and Adams Street is the new site for some of local Tallahassee’s newest developments.

The remains of the Book Mine, on Gaines Street in College Town. 12/15/17
LHatter / WFSU News

A state fire marshal’s report is listing the cause of the fire that destroyed the Book Mine on Gaines’ Street as undetermined. The report says the scene was severely damaged by efforts to put out the blaze.

two florida oranges hanging on a tree
Carol VanHook via Flikr / flickr

President Donald Trump is threatening to put tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the United States, and Friday the European Union released a list of products it says it will tax in retaliation—including Orange Juice.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's twitter

Thanks to a $1.1 million grant, black owned businesses across the state can now apply for a loan through a program administered by the Florida A&M University Federal Credit Union. It’s part of a partnership with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

401kcalculator.org via flickr / 401kcalculator.org

North Florida’s lower-income residents can get free help with their taxes this spring. Eligible individuals and families making $54,000 a year or less can sign up for an appointment now.

Rep. Shevrin Jones' twitter account

Companies that make interns into employees could get tax credits under a legislative proposal. The Internship Tax Credit Program will help degree-seeking students receive a job after college.  

Gov. Scott touring damage in Key West after Hurricane Irma.
Governor's Press Office

Florida Governor Rick Scott is touting a record tourism despite a challenging Hurricane season.

Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) chairs the Senate Banking and Insurance committee.
Nick Evans

Florida senators are again tackling assignment of benefits.  The insurance provision has been a thorn in lawmakers’ sides for nearly five years.

DXR via wikimedia commons

After spiking last year, worker’s compensation rates in Florida are set to decline.  But some labor organizations contend the decrease doesn’t go far enough.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health via wikimedia commons

Florida roofers want state insurance regulators to crack down on companies that use a person’s immigration to status to avoid paying workers compensation claims.

Governor Rick Scott's twitter

The Florida Cabinet commemorated Disability Employment Awareness Month at its Tuesday meeting.

Rev. James T. Golden speaking at Florida's Capitol building.
Nick Evans

A handful of faith leaders wants the Constitution Revision Commission to place new restrictions on payday lenders.  The ministers want drastic reductions in the costs for borrowers.

Kelsey L. Adams via U.S. Navy / U.S. Navy

Hurricane Irma forced hundreds of thousands of Floridians from their homes, including residents at military bases. Key West and Jacksonville saw some of the worst effects of the storm, and are also home to major military installations. But now the bases are returning to normal.

Anthony M. Inswasty via wikimedia commons

Hurricane Harvey won’t send heavy rains and winds to Florida, but it will likely push gas prices higher. 

Rep. Alexander and Sen. Montford (3rd and 4th from right) with local officials.
Nick Evans

Four counties in North Florida are forming what’s known as a freight logistics zone to improve the region’s chances for state infrastructure dollars.  Officials believe it’s an important step toward growing jobs. 

Jenn Greiving via Wikimedia Commons

Florida has added more than 1.4 million jobs since Governor Rick Scott took office.  But Scott’s 700,000 jobs in seven years campaign promise is looking doubtful.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health via wikimedia commons

Florida’s insurance regulator is readying another push for assignment of benefits reform in next year’s legislative session.  Similar measures have failed since 2013.

Rep. Alexander and Sen. Montford (3rd and 4th from right) with local officials.
Nick Evans

Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty and Franklin Counties are teaming up to improve regional infrastructure.  The partnership connects the Gulf of Mexico to Interstate 10.

Hamza Butt via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/149902454@N08/

The online food delivery service UberEATS is coming to Tallahassee Thursday. That’s a spin off from the popular ride-sharing company. Beginning at 11 am, customers will be able to summon meals from local restaurants at the touch of a button. 

Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL2)
Neal Dunn Campaign

The U.S. House is taking steps to make it easier for veteran owned businesses to get contracts with the Veterans Administration.  Panama City Republican Neal Dunn sponsored the legislation.

Talquin dam
Royalbroil via wikimedia commons

Tallahassee is getting ready to close one of Florida’s two hydroelectric plants.  The city’s utility is planning a switch to solar.

Nick Evans

After months in plateau, the Florida unemployment rate is sliding downward.

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier.
Florida Channel

Florida’s insurance officials are considering moves to rein in assignments after the Legislature again failed to take action.  The procedure allows service providers to work directly with an insurer, but some say they’re taking advantage of the system.

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