Thanksgiving

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Starting Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol is expected to step up its presence for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

City of Tallahassee

While a lot of the focus has been on Puerto Rico, another U.S. territory was affected too by Hurricane Maria. And, the city of Tallahassee is sending crews to help the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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The Florida Retail Federation originally predicted 2013's holiday shopping season would net 3.5 to 4.5-percent more sales than 2012 and officials say they’re on the way to meeting that goal – handily. Labor groups chided big retailers who pushed the sales weekend earlier to include Thanksgiving night in an attempt to maximize profits. Although overall numbers are up, Florida Retail Federation Spokesman John Fleming pointed out that whatever retailers might’ve gained by being open Thursday, they might’ve lost Friday.