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Unemployment claims fall in Florida for third straight week

First-time jobless claims in Florida fell for a third straight week. The US Department of Labor released a report on Thursday estimating that 5,656 initial claims were filed in Florida in the week ending August 6, compared to a revised number of 6,140 claims in the week that s ended July 30. nationwide unemployment claims rose by 14,000 to 262,000. [Source: News Service of Florida]

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NASA Selects Two UCF Scientists to Lead Robotic Exploration Mission to the Moon

NASA has selected two planetary scientists from the University of Central Florida – Kerri Donaldson Hanna and Adrienne Dove – to lead a robotic mission in 2026 to explore a mysterious section of the moon known as the Gruithuisen Domes. While the rounded lunar mountains have never been visited up close, flyby data from previous missions suggest they formed from volcanic eruptions of silicic lava. If so, the rock could provide important resources for future lunar explorations. [Source: Florida Trend]

Florida Citizens surpasses one million insurance policies

Florida residual market insurer Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has now surpassed more than one million policies, the first time it has been at this level of portfolio exposure, in terms of policy count, since 2013. Florida citizens added an average of 32,000 new fonts. to its wallets every month through 2021. The guess rate has risen in recent weeks as citizens now seem poised to eclipse the predictions they provided earlier this year. More information on Reinsurance News and Artemis.

Florida state law enforcement officers get pay raise but no bonus check this year

Florida state law enforcement officers won’t see $1,000 bonus checks this year, but they are getting a pay raise — the first in years. These bonus checks would have been the second round of federally funded first responder bonuses received by state police. In 2021, local and state first responders received bonuses of the same amount. However, this year state law enforcement is excluded. [Source: WTSP]


> In the air? Records Reveal City’s Attempts to Land Amazon Air at Tallahassee Airport
Project Alpha and its $450 million economic impact have sparked rumors that Amazon Air could circle Tallahassee International Airport. Another company, North American Aerospace Industries, was later revealed as the mystery firm – one that could generate more than 900 new jobs for the capital as the North Carolina-based plane parts recycler expands its operations in the US market. But, for more than a year, Tallahassee has been struggling to strike a deal with Amazon Air.

› Broward District asks voters to double tax rate to boost teacher pay and school safety
Broward voters need to know whether they want to raise their property taxes over the next four years to fund increases for teachers, hire more school safety personnel and bolster mental health programs at Broward public schools or pass on this proposition, given higher prices at the pump. and in the supermarket aisle.

› Walmart’s drone delivery could land in at least two central Florida cities
Another Central Florida city is on the radar to land Walmart’s new drone delivery service of Hamburger Helper and other groceries. A two-story tower for drone delivery is proposed for a Walmart’s parking lot at 904 Cypress Parkway in Kissimmee, according to an Osceola County pre-application meeting request. A three-story drone delivery tower at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 433 S. Avalon Park Blvd. in eastern Orange County is also offered.

› Lights, Camera, Bay? Recent Movies Bring Millions to Tampa Bay
The beaches, suburbs, downtowns and businesses of Tampa Bay are all coming to the big screen. Since September 11, filmmakers have chosen this territory as the setting for their films on Lifetime and Hallmark. Each of the films is produced in partnership with Visit St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission.

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