Florida in focus: Gas prices hit a three-year high in Florida
Watchdog News | September 18, 2017
Miami Herald: Gas prices hit a three-year high in Florida Two weeks after Hurricane Irma spiked demand for gasoline in Florida, gas prices have hit a three-year high in Florida, according to AAA. The average price of regular unleaded statewide hit a high $2.73 per gallon on Sept 14, surpassing the previous three-year high in […]
Florida in focus: Reemployment assistance available for workers out of jobs due to Hurricane Irma
Watchdog News | September 15, 2017
Florida Times-Union: Reemployment assistance available for workers out of jobs due to Hurricane Irma Federal assistance is now available for Florida workers or self-employed business owners who have had a loss of employment due to the chaos created by Hurricane Irma. Disaster Unempl0yment Assistance is now being offered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, […]
Florida in focus: Want to speak up about your city’s new budget? Irma may make you wait for that, too.
Watchdog News | September 14, 2017
Miami Herald: Want to speak up about your city’s new budget? Irma may make you wait for that, too. Hurricane Irma could delay the voices of some Florida taxpayers from being heard. It was an unavoidable case of timing. The powerful hurricane bore down on the state as cities, counties, school boards and other taxing bodies […]
Florida in focus: Governor: ‘Work to do’ for Florida to recover after Irma
Watchdog News | September 13, 2017
Sun Sentinel: Governor: ‘Work to do’ for Florida to recover after Irma Parts of Florida inched back toward normal with workers restoring power, clearing roads and replenishing gas supplies, even as teams scoured the state’s southernmost islands and authorities warned of mass devastation. Residents drifted back from shelters and far-away havens Tuesday to see Hurricane […]
Florida in focus: Nearly 60 percent of Florida without power as Irma moves north
Watchdog News | September 11, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Hurricane Irma: Nearly 60 percent of Florida without power as storm moves north Hurricane Irma is weakening faster than expected this morning as it makes its way northwest through Central Florida after packing less of a punch than some forecasters had feared. But conditions were still stormy through much of the Orlando […]
Florida in focus: Free internet in Florida: Comcast makes Xfinity wifi hotspots free to all during Hurricane Irma
Watchdog News | September 07, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Free internet in Florida: Comcast makes Xfinity wifi hotspots free to all during Hurricane Irma Cable and internet provider Comcast is offering free internet across Florida through Sept. 15 to help residents and emergency personnel stay connected during Hurricane Irma. The company is opening its more than 137,000 Xfinity wifi hotspots throughout the […]
Many agree: Time for Congress to act after DACA decision
Ben Yount | September 06, 2017
Illinois’ two Democratic U.S. senators agree with President Donald Trump on one one aspect of DACA: Congress now needs to act. After calling Trump cruel, Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Congress needs to step into the DACA fight. “I have always held out the hope that President Trump would keep his word and ‘take […]
Florida in focus: What does 40 inches of rain look like in South Florida? This scientist can show you
Watchdog News | September 06, 2017
Miami Herald: What does 40 inches of rain look like in South Florida? This scientist can show you If a hurricane like Harvey landed in Southeast Florida, hammering one of the most densely developed coastlines in all of the U.S. with torrential rain for days, what would it look like? Widespread flooding, no doubt. Harvey […]
Florida in focus: Six ways to expand rail in Miami-Dade. One option: a massive tax district for trains.
Watchdog News | September 05, 2017
Miami Herald: Six ways to expand rail in Miami-Dade. One option: a massive tax district for trains. The push to expand rail in Miami-Dade County continues to advance on multiple tracks — and advocates won’t take “bus” for an answer. Even with no clear funding path to launching new rail lines, leaders demanding more train options […]
Open the Books: Tracking military weaponry and war machines flowing to America’s local police departments
Adam Andrzejewski | September 04, 2017
[Last] week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump’s plan to distribute military gear to state and local law enforcement agencies. The rule change means weapons typically reserved for war-time use – tracked armored (tank-like) vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vessels, grenade launchers, bayonets, and firearms with ammunition of .50-caliber or higher – will start […]