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Wal-Mart pledges $10M for hurricane relief

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Wal-Mart announced Monday it was “committing up to $10 million in additional support for 2017 U.S. hurricane relief efforts,” bringing its total this year to $30 million, the retailer said. “We know our associates and customers make the difference. And once again, when needed the most, they are stepping up to help in a major way,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “This is about neighbors helping neighbors and we…

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Walmart to give $125K to Tampa Bay-area nonprofits for hunger relief

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As part of a commitment to fight hunger in Florida, Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation is giving $125,000 to hunger relief programs in the Tampa Bay area. In a statement Wednesday, the company announced it will give $940,000 in total grants to 17 nonprofits across Florida. Local grants include $50,000 for Sarasota’s All Faiths Food Bank for its Food Bank – Backpack Program. and $75,000 to the Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. in Clearwater for its HEP Meal Services Program for…

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The hangover: Rick Scott vetoes ‘whiskey & Wheaties’ bill

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Saying it could hurt job creation, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a contentious bill that would have removed the ‘wall of separation’ between hard liquor and other goods. Scott filed his veto letter of the measure (SB 106) on Wednesday night, his deadline to act on the bill. It’s the first veto of a bill from the 2017 Legislative Session. It would have removed the 82-year-old requirement, enacted in Florida after Prohibition, that hard liquor be sold in a separate store. Beer and wine…

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Big-box chains, others make one last push for ‘whiskey & Wheaties’

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Costco now is joining Wal-Mart, Target and others in one last push to get Gov. Rick Scott to sign a bill to remove the ‘wall of separation’ between hard liquor and other goods. Their Floridians For Fair Business Practices coalition on Friday released a tranche of letters sent to Scott encouraging him to OK the legislation (SB 106) known by the nickname “whiskey and Wheaties.” They also include representatives of Whole Foods Market, the Distilled Spirits Council and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.…

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St. Pete to provide free grocery shuttle from Midtown to nearby Wal-Mart starting May 13

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To address food insecurity in South St. Petersburg, the city will start offering free transportation from Midtown’s Tangerine Plaza to the nearest Wal-Mart supercenter at Central Plaza. In February, Wal-Mart closed its Tangerine Plaza Neighborhood Market, one of the few major grocery stores servicing Midtown. The city will offer the free 13-week Midtown Grocery Pilot Program beginning Saturday, May 13 and continue Saturdays in May, June, July and August. A mini-shuttle bus will transport up to 25 passengers from Tangerine…

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Farmworkers, supporters to march in Tampa; continue demands on Wendy’s, Publix

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will make its final stop in Tampa on a 12-city “Return to Human Rights Tour.” There, the CIW will march from a Publix location to a Wendy’s franchise in Tampa, to escalate its national boycott against the hamburger chain. Both the March and Vigil for Human Rights is a CIW boycott in response to the retailer’s decision to abandon its relationship with tomato growers and shift purchases to Mexico rather than participate in…

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Joe Henderson: Time for wall between whiskey & Wheaties to crumble

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It’s not surprising that the so-called “whiskey and Wheaties” bill that cleared a Florida House committee Wednesday did so by a bare 15-13 margin. Any measure that makes it easier to buy booze will mobilize people on both sides. This bill is basically equivalent to one in the Senate, which would knock down the legislative wall that requires retailers to sell hard liquor in a separate store. That’s how you get booze stores attached to places like Publix, Wal-Mart and Sam’s…

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