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Food stamps applications in Panhandle up 15%

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Applications for food stamps in Panhandle counties have soared since oil began gushing from the broken BP pipe leak. Since May 1 applications are up 15 percent. The Department of Children and Families is keeping separate data to track people who qualify for food stamps because the oil has destroyed their careers. Don Winstead is the welfare advisor for DCF. He says along with the growing need for food assistance is a growing need for counselors to help families going…

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Florida getting more stimulus money than predicted

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Florida is receiving much more economic stimulus money than Governor Charlie Crist predicted last year. Gina Jordan tells us the state is even ahead of schedule in the anticipated number of jobs created or saved by the federal funding. Don Winstead is Florida’s Economic Stimulus Special Advisor. He updated reporters Friday on the amount that Florida is expected to receive over the course of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It’s much more than the $12-billion the governor mentioned during…

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Stimulus has helped 153,000 Florida workers

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The grand total of Florida workers who were helped directly or indirectly by jobs saved or created since the start of the stimulus bill more than a year ago amounts to 153,000. That’s the estimate from the Federal Council of Economic Advisers. Jobs “saved” means layoffs that were prevented as a result of the bill, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A year ago, Florida expected to receive about $12.5 billion from the stimulus bill.…

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