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DCF reminds families to stay safe while celebrating Independence Day

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As Floridians celebrate the long Independence Day weekend, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is reminding parents and caregivers to take extra precautions to keep children safe. While Independence Day is an important time to reflect on the nation’s history and celebrate our freedom, it is also important to take some simple steps to ensure your family’s safety. “Whether on the playground or at a campground, make sure your family stays safe as you celebrate Independence Day,” DCF…

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Increased food spending, lower gas prices give Florida retailers boost for Independence Day

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With Independence Day arriving Tuesday, retailers expect a surge in one of the things Americans do best – eat. The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) predicts Americans will spend more than $7.1 billion for Independence Day weekend on food items for picnics, barbecues and other celebrations. That’s an increase of about $2 in per-person spending over 2016. FRF President and CEO R. Scott Shalley said the spending boost will benefit grocers across the Sunshine State, “Independence Day weekend is the most…

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Florida wildlife officials urge safety, beacons for July Fourth weekend boating

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During the Fourth of July holiday, many people take to the water to celebrate Independence Day. The warm, sunny days of summer combined with viewing fireworks puts many more boats and people on the water near one another. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges boaters to use caution while boating on this busy holiday. Inattentiveness or improper lookout cause many boating accidents. “Boat operators have a personal responsibility to make sure their passengers are safe and they…

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New Florida boating law goes into effect

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New boating legislation passed in the wake of two Florida teens who went missing at sea goes into effect Saturday. In July 2015, 14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen were lost at sea off the Jupiter inlet. Their boat was eventually found, but a massive search found no sign of the boys. House Bill 711, also known as the Beacon Bill, increases and makes permanent a registration-fee discount for boaters who purchase an emergency position indicating radio beacon, or an…

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Blake Dowling: With ads, 2017 is an all-new animal

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Who remembers when beer commercials were awesome? What happened to Spuds McKenzie? This awesome Lone Star Beer ad really shines: Or the team of studs at Elsinore Brewery: And — last but not least – this Schlitz Malt Liquor ads that ruled the early 80s (which might have been the pinnacle). No one does it like the bull: For so long, TV was everything from a media buyer’s stand point — but then it all changed. When pushing a product,…

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State officials: Racing greyhounds test positive for cocaine

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At least 12 greyhound racing dogs in Florida have tested positive for cocaine, and their trainer has had his license suspended. It’s at least the second instance this year of racing greyhounds testing positive for cocaine. The dogs raced at Bestbet Orange Park in northeast Florida near Jacksonville. The state is home to 12 of the 19 dog tracks in the U.S., where 40 states have outlawed the sport. Although supporters say the dogs are treated well, the industry faces…

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Trulieve launches new product, Rescue Nasal Spray for seizure patients

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Friday, Trulieve begins selling a new product: Rescue Nasal Spray. Specifically designed for patients who experience seizures, Rescue Nasal Spray is a Cannatol product that is inhaled through the nose at the onset of a seizure event, has become the “go-to” product for quickly stopping seizures. “Seizures may occur as a consequence of many medical conditions, both brain related and otherwise. Generally, it is difficult to predict when a seizure will occur; although sleep loss, fatigue, and stress can be…

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