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For Red Cross, hurricanes bring both donations and criticism

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Confronted with back-to-back major hurricanes, the American Red Cross has received a huge outpouring of financial support — and a simultaneous barrage of criticism based on its struggles to respond to several past disasters.

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Anheuser Busch brings in 310K cans of water

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Anheuser Busch stepped up to bring in more than 310,000 cans of clean drinking water to areas of the state affected by Hurricane Irma.

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Rick Scott: State offices closed Friday

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Gov. Rick Scott directed state offices to be closed in all 67 Florida counties this Friday in preparation for Hurricane Irma, his office announced Tuesday night. Scott also asked state employees to volunteer in the state’s emergency shelter mobilization efforts.

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Alan Grayson pushes for repeal on limit on when gay, bisexual men can donate blood

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As dozens of injured people were being sent to Orlando hospitals in the immediate aftermath of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, thousands in Central Florida and throughout the state immediately went to give blood to those fighting for their lives. However, some survivors of the shooting were prohibited from donating blood to their friends who were shot because of an existing Food and Drug Administration policy that prohibits gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they’ve been celibate for the past year.…

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All St. Pete employees to be CPR certified

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Wednesday that all city employees will undergo training in CPR and become certified. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Americans,” Kriseman said. “Eighty percent of cardiac events happen in the home or similar private setting. If a citizen nearby knows CPR, chances for survival for a cardiac arrest victim can double or even triple. Each of our city employees should be equipped to help save a life if necessary.” St. Petersburg…

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