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Despite inflation, Americans’ spending not slowing down

THE HILL-– Despite high inflation, rising gas prices, deepening concern about the economy and rising recession risks, Americans keep spending money. Stocks have fallen sharply over the past week as Wall Street frets over a likely dip in consumer spending. Polls of consumer sentiment have fallen steadily — along with President Biden’s approval rating on...

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FDA OK’s Pfizer booster shots for kids ages 5-11

FOX NEWS — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday that it had amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, allowing the use of a single booster dose in children ages 5 to 11. The shot would be given at least five months after completion of a primary series...

SWFWMD criteria for minimum wetland, lake levels
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SWFWMD criteria for minimum wetland, lake levels

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will hold an independent, scientific peer review of wetland-based criteria for use in establishing minimum wetland and lake levels beginning this month. A minimum level is the level of groundwater in an aquifer or the level of surface water at which further withdrawals would be significantly harmful to the water...

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FWC reaches major milestone with release of genetically pure hatchery-raised shoal bass

Freshwater fisheries researchers and managers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) successfully released 3,300 hatchery-raised shoal bass fingerlings (young fish) into the Chipola River in May. In 2018, Hurricane Michael depleted more than 90% of the shoal bass population in the Chipola River. As a direct management action following the hurricane, the...

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U.S. hits 1 million deaths from COVID-19

THE HILL — The United States has reached 1 million reported deaths from COVID-19, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a number that shows the shocking toll the virus has taken on the nation. The U.S. has had more deaths per capita than Western Europe or Canada, and while new...

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Building a better community with youth safety

By Marnie Ward, Ph.D. Long shadows were forming under the live oak trees at Florida Best Blueberry Farm, as families and volunteers gathered for the first Citrus County 4-H Progressive Agriculture Safety event. Each year, Progressive Agriculture Safety Days© reach tens of thousands of kids across the United States and Canada with potential life-saving education....

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Broward wildlife dealer, company sentenced in scheme to harvest, sell Florida turtles

MIAMI – A federal district judge in Miami has sentenced Michael Van Nostrand, 55, of Davie, Florida and Strictly Reptiles, Inc., a company also located in Davie, for their roles in a scheme to unlawfully enrich themselves and others by smuggling illegally-harvested Florida turtles out of the United States and into China, Japan, and other...

DeSantis to call special session in May to address property insurance reform
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DeSantis to call special session in May to address property insurance reform

(The Center Square) – Gov. Ron DeSantis will call a special session next month to address property insurance reform, he said Monday at a press conference in Jacksonville, where he also announced funding for a trauma center at the University of Florida. It’s the second special session DeSantis has called this year. Next month, the...

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Convicted county felon faces 2 years for falsifying federal firearm paperwork

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Florida OCALA — Senior United States District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Darrell Pierre Hopkins (54, Dunnellon) to 24 months in federal prison for making a materially false statement in connection with the purchase of firearms and knowingly causing a licensed gun dealer to maintain...