Washing poultry: Science vs. choice

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2019 – A study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry.
“Cooking and mealtime is a special occasion for all of us as we come together with our families and friends,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, the USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety.

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High-water conditions persist; Fish kill reported on Lake Panasoffkee

The Southwest Florida Water Management today updated its forecast for the area’s lakes.

The SWFWMD reported that the rains we’ve had in August 2019 have had an impact.

Fish had been killed on Lake Pasoffkee and on the Outlet River, as well. “This is a natural occurrence”, the district said, “caused by low oxygen levels from recent heavy rains, cloudy days, and high-water levels.”

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Gag grouper fall season opens in Gulf 4-county region

The Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will be open for harvest Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

The season for all other Gulf state and federal waters is June 1 through Dec. 31.

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Jobless rate takes a cool dip in July

OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 16 2019) – The jobless rate for the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region took an unseasonal dip in July, albeit a slight one, dropping 0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent.

There were 8,824 unemployed in the region, a decrease of 248 over the month and 679 fewer than the same time last year, when the jobless rate was 4.7 percent.

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Florida TaxWatch releases 2019 budget watch report

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida TaxWatch (FTW) today released the 2019 Budget Watch Report, following the Wednesday, August 14 General Revenue (GR) Estimating Conference, which met to develop a new revenue forecast for the state.

The FTW report provides an independent analysis of the top issues discussed: Indian gaming revenue, Florida’s weaker economic forecast and the impact of the corporate income tax (CIT) reimbursements.

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US 98 (Ponce De Leon Blvd) Closing for Railroad Crossing Work

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is advising that beginning early Saturday morning, August 17, 2019, FDOT and CSX will close a section of US Highway 98 (Ponce De Leon Boulevard) between Jefferson Street and Yontz Road in Brooksville (Hernando County).

This closure is necessary for CSX to replace the railroad crossing located just north of Oakdale Avenue.

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