Puerto Rico

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At Puerto Rico’s request, Florida Governor Rick Scott will travel to the devastated island Friday to offer advice about how to speed up efforts to restore the island’s power.

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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, shutting down the island’s roads and power systems, leaving many isolated and in the dark. Now thousands are evacuating the U.S. territory for the mainland. Many may settle in Florida’s purple counties ahead of the 2018 elections.

Leon County Schools Prepare For Bump In Enrollment

Oct 2, 2017
MGN Online

With thousands of Puerto Rican families expected to come to Florida following Hurricane Maria, Leon County Schools are preparing for  bump in enrollment.

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North Florida Congressman Al Lawson is launching his Let’s Feed America campaign, which aims to reduce hunger by expanding eligibility and making it easier for those in need to receive access to food. Lawson says 1 out of 4 people in the fifth congressional district have been on the SNAP Program or food stamps this year.

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A measure signed into law by President Obama includes money to help combat the Zika virus. Florida is expected to be one of the areas to get a large amount of the funds. That’s in addition to the millions of dollars in state money Governor Rick Scott has already set aside in the Zika fight. But, questions now remain about when and how the funds will be distributed to help affected Floridians.

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With Florida surpassing 100 Zika cases, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is renewing his call for Congress to approve President Barack Obama’s 1.9 billion dollar funding request to combat the mosquito-borne disease.

MGN Online

Puerto Rico—a U-S territory—has reported its first Zika-related death, and a Florida Senator says it won’t be the last if Congress does not start taking the mosquito-borne disease seriously.