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Sunshine State News: Remember the Efforts of Public Power Companies as Hurricane Season Ends

by Amy Zubaly During the first full week in October, public power electric utilities across the United States join to celebrate Public Power Week. It is typically filled with events and activities that help customers and stakeholders learn about the benefits of being part of a public power community. This year, Public Power Week took […]

The Capitolist: Hurricane Michael Sends Up Red Flags for the Future of Emergency Responder Communications in Florida

by Brian Burgess Hurricane Michael battered Florida’s panhandle nearly a month ago, causing destruction the Gulf Coast has rarely seen. Besides the harm to homes and businesses, the damage to Florida’s civilian communications infrastructure was catastrophic. Cellular service was knocked out as towers and antennas were destroyed, and electric utilities faced widespread outages as power lines […]

Glamour: Meet Two Women Leading the Charge Against Sexual Abuse and Sex Trafficking

Survive. Thrive. Repeat. Those words titled a segment of the Glamour Women of the Year Summit on Sunday and they epitomized the spirit of two women named by L’Oreal and Glamour as Heroes Among Us honorees. The segment was opened by singer-songwriter and activist Halsey performing a powerful poem, “Inconvenient Women.” In it, she reminded women not to be silent—but to be brave, […]

WUFT: Florida State Senator Lauren Book Advocates to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

WUFT 89.1 / 90.1 Morning Edition host, Glenn Richards, spoke with Florida State Senator Lauren Book – author, advocate, and founder & CEO of Lauren’s Kids. An official 501(c) (3) since 2007, Lauren’s Kids educates adults and children about sexual abuse prevention through in-school curricula (such as Safer, Smarter Schools), awareness campaigns (such as the statewide “Walk in My Shoes” awareness […]

WLRN: Amendment 6, Marsy’s Law, Passes; Victims’ Rights To Be Added to Florida’s Constitution

Amendment 6, also known as Marsy’s Law passed Tuesday.  Click here for the results. The amendment updates Florida’s constitution deleting a short section of victim’s rights and replacing it with a more detailed,lengthy list of 11 rights, including: The right to accurate and timely notice of all of the case’s public proceedings, including pleas, trials and […]

Fort Myers News-Press: Amendment 6 protects victims like my daughter

In December 2016, I drove by the aftermath of a tragic car collision on my way to the gym and said a prayer for the victims. Eight hours later, I learned my daughter, Brittany, was one of those victims. She had been killed along with her friend, Wesley. The series of unjust events that happened […]

WLRN: How To Use Your ‘I Mean Business’ Voice And Other Lessons From Senator’s Abuse Prevention Curriculum

State Sen. Lauren Book will be training 50 Miami-Dade elementary school counselors in recognizing and preventing child sexual abuse in Doral on Friday. Book — a Democrat who represents much of Broward County and is a former kindergarten teacher — created the curriculum with her foundation, Lauren’s Kids. The lesson plans are designed to teach […]

Florida Daily: All Public Power Customers Hit by Hurricane Michael Have Power Back

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) reported on Tuesday that all Floridians with public power who were impacted by Hurricane Michael earlier this month have had their power restored. “At peak, more than 400,000 customers in the region were without power with nearly 122,000 of them from five Florida public power communities – Tallahassee, Havana, Quincy, Chattahoochee […]