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    Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill joined with the Parramore community for the groundbreaking of new homes in Parramore. The groundbreaking signified the start of construction of the first three of 10 single-family homes being built by the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).   City Commissioner Regina Hill said the project is a great opportunity for the Parramore community.  'This project is especially meaningful to me, as a Parramore resident who grew up in this neighborhood, I want to make sure we're continuing to create opportunity for residents to own homes right here in our community,'  Hill said.  When complete, the homes will each feature a minimum of 1,300 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Additionally, as part of the project, a new CRA Down Payment Assistance Program will be created to provide additional financial assistance aimed at making these homes more affordable for qualified buyers. The new program will complement existing City and state down payment assistance programs.  This project further supports the City of Orlando’s efforts in revitalizing and investing in the Parramore neighborhood and also ensuring access to quality, safe and affordable housing options for residents.    “As Mayor, I am continually striving to make our City more livable for everyone,” Mayor Buddy Dyer said  “Part of that effort is ensuring that anyone who wants to live in Orlando, can live in Orlando -- regardless of their income. I am thankful for public-partnerships like this that help us continue to increase affordable housing options, meet the needs of our growing community and ensure we are taking care of our all our residents.”
  • Today,  Governor Rick Scott announced that he will propose more than $1.7 billion to protect Florida’s environment as part of his 2018-2019 recommended budget. This $1.7 billion funding for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is a more than $220 million increase over the current year. The proposed funding will include:   A historic investment of $55 million for Florida’s springs;   A historic investment of $100 million for Florida’s beaches;   A record $355 million for Everglades restoration;   A record $50 million for Florida’s state parks; and   $50 million for Florida Forever to help preserve and protect our natural lands
  • Today, Senator Bill Nelson joined  Reps. Darren Soto and Val Demings at a disaster assistance workshop to help residents affected by Hurricane Irma. The workshop gave  residents  more information and resources on the assistance offered to them through FEMA and other organizations.  State representatives  say now is the time for residents to utilize resources like FEMA and get funds for damages and repairs.   FEMA officials said even residents who experienced flooding and don’t have flood insurance may be eligible for repairs if they register with FEMA by the application deadline.  The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is November 9, 2017. 
  • Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the state has been awarded federal Dislocated Worker Grants to provide temporary employment to Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma. The Dislocated Worker Grants, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, provide disaster relief employment in the form of temporary jobs that support storm response and recovery efforts.  “As we all recover from Hurricane Irma, we are doing everything we can to help Floridians get back on their feet. This federal funding will provide important employment opportunities to Floridians who may have lost their jobs due to the impacts of this massive storm and will also support ongoing recovery efforts.” Governor Scott said. Now, Floridians can get back to work helping those in their communities. We will continue to work together to make sure everyone has the support they need to rebuild.” Disaster relief employment pertains to projects that provide food, clothing, shelter and other humanitarian assistance for disaster victims and projects that involve demolition, cleaning, repair, renovation and reconstruction of damaged structures and facilities. Individuals who qualify for disaster relief employment are people who are temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the disaster, dislocated workers, and individuals who are long-term unemployed.   
  • Today, President Donald Trump’s Administration expanded his Major Disaster Declaration for Florida to include individual assistance for many Florida counties including  Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, , Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter and Volusia counties. This declaration authorizes federal funding to flow directly to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma and reimburses local communities and the state government to aid in response and recovery from Hurricane Irma. “I am thankful that President Trump, who I’ve spoken with multiple times this week, has been 100 percent supportive of our efforts and offered every resource of the federal government. Working with local emergency management professionals and FEMA, we will make sure that no expense is spared to help families respond and recover,” Governor Rick Scott said.  The Major Disaster Declaration approved by President Trump authorizes the following:  100 percent federal reimbursement for thirty days in all counties for emergency protective measures, such as Emergency Operation Center costs, evacuation costs, sheltering costs, and other costs associated with emergency response. After the thirty days, the federal government will reimburse 75 percent of these costs. This includes both local and state expenses; 75 percent federal reimbursement for all counties for debris removal  
  • The City of Orlando will be giving away sandbags to help residents prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Irma. The sandbag distribution will be held on :  Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2017 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m The sandbag location will be the City of Orlando Streets and Stormwater division on 1010 Woods Avenue. Residents must show proof of residence and will be given 10 bags per address. The City of Orlando’s Emergency Operations Center remains at the monitoring level and City departments are continuing to take precautionary measures for any potential impacts from hurricane Irma.   Although its path is still uncertain, the City wants to encourage residents, visitors and businesses to prepare for the storm, including assembling disaster kits, stocking up on supplies and reviewing disaster plans.
  • The City of Orlando will be giving away sandbags to help residents prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Irma.  The sandbag distribution will take place on: Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2017 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The distribution location is the City of Orlando Streets and Stormwater Division  on 1010 Woods Avenue. Residents must show proof of residence and will be given 10 bags per address.  The City of Orlando’s Emergency Operations Center remains at the monitoring level   and City departments are continuing to take precautionary measures for any potential impacts from Hurricane Irma.   Although its path is still uncertain, the City wants to encourage residents, visitors and businesses to prepare for the storm, including assembling disaster kits, stocking up on supplies and reviewing disaster plans.
  • Today, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers are actively assisting with disaster response efforts in the Houston area. Governor Scott directed the deployment of FWC officers and resources in response to Texas’ request for emergency assistance.   Currently, 37 FWC officers and 21 boats are in route to Houston to support ongoing response efforts. More than 60 officers and nearly 20 boats are being staged and will deploy today. This weekend, twenty-five FWC officers, 17 high water vehicles, two Mobile Command Centers, eight shallow draft vessels and four patrol boats arrived in Houston after being deployed Saturday night.   
  • Prescription drug overdose has become one of the biggest drug problems affecting our country today, but CVS Pharmacy hopes that TimerCaps will be part of the solution.  CVS Pharmacy designed special caps to help patients keep track of their medications. The TimerCap is on shelves in CVS stores across the country in hopes of curbing prescription abuse and misuse. “It works like a stopwatch showcasing how much time has elapsed since the last time the medication bottle was closed,” CVS pharmacist Jennifer Lalani said. “It helps patients answer simple questions like did I take my medicine today or is it time for my next dose.”  Answering those questions can help prevent accidental overdose which can happen when patients forget that they already took their medication.  CVS pharmacists hope that the TimerCaps will make a difference in the number of accidental drug overdose deaths that happen in the U.S. every year.  TimerCap also helps with medication non- adherence which Lalani says can be deadly for patients.  “ Medication non- adherence leads to about 125 deaths and 10 – 20% of hospital and nursing home admissions each year so that’s a big issue as well.”  Patients can purchase TimerCaps at CVS pharmacies and drug stores for about 10 dollars.  
  • The driver who is accused of leaving a three year old boy in a hot day care van for nearly 12 hours has been arrested.  51 year old Deborah Denise St. Charles is now facing charges of aggravated manslaughter in the death of three year old Myles Hill.   Orlando police say the boy was found dead in the Little Miracles day care van at around 8:30 pm Monday after temperatures in the vehicle reached as high as 144 degrees.  Florida law requires a log to be kept for all daycare vehicles used to transport children, but police say St. Charles did not properly fill out that log or do a headcount on the kids when they arrived at the daycare.   Police say her  failure to check the vehicle placed Hill  in grave danger and subjected him to extremely high temperatures, which ultimately led to his death. 
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  • Amazon is the talk of the town for metro areas across North America, since the company just announced it has whittled the list of cities that could be home to its second headquarters down to 20. The cities, which include New York, Nashville, Tennessee, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, are vying for the massive $5 billion project, known as HQ2, that could bring about 50,000 highly paid tech and corporate jobs to one community.  >> Read more trending news  Since the public contest began in September with 238 cities competing, the Amazon team has shared few details about how the finalist cities would be chosen. Amazon did announce, however, that the top cities would be able to provide an initial 500,000 square feet of space − in an urban or suburban area − with access to major highways, airports, public transit and “a robust technology workforce,” according to the Baltimore Sun. Related: Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters “Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals,” Holly Sullivan, an executive with Amazon Public Policy, said in a statement. “Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity. Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.” Related: 5 things to know about Amazon With the possibility of HQ2 coming to metropoles scattered across the U.S., thousands of eager job seekers are already contemplating their next career move, and hoping that move is headed toward Amazon. Pulling from Amazon’s current job listings in web services, corporate, Amazon Alexa and other device teams, these are some of the highest- and lowest-paying positions at Amazon. Pay estimates are provided by Paysa.com, an online career and hiring site that uses artificial intelligence and real-world salary insights. The following salaries are estimates, which include salary and benefits. Best-paying Amazon jobs: Principal Business Development Manager - Average: $529,000 This position requires 10+ years experience at the director level of working in security intelligence software for technology companies. The role would be involved in the strategic business development plan for the company and work with existing security intelligence products, field organizations and business development. Principal Software Development Engineer - Average: $414,000 The principal engineer will be the technical lead for the Amazon Devices team. The engineer will also design and select appropriate imaging and sensing systems. The position requires at least a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, five years of experience leading junior engineers and 10 years of software engineering experience. Prinicipal Technical Program Manager - Average: $290,000 The principal technical program manager will lead the technical strategy and program management of Elastic Block Storage-specific services and products that will revolutionize industries across the globe. The position requires 10 years of experience in system software/hardware product development, including technical program leadership of computer system, storage devices, etc. Global Leader of Sales Strategy - Average: $233,000 This role will focus on developing and driving strategy, analytics and data management to optimize the rapid growth of Amazon’s cloud business. A bachelor’s degree is required as well as 15+ years of experience in both enterprise technology sales and sales operation. Worst-paying Amazon jobs: Healthcare & Life Sciences Solutions Architect - Average: $73,000  This position is slated for an experienced IT consultant with technical expertise in a specialty area and ability to travel internationally as needed to support customers. The individual will assist in sales of infrastructure engagements and coach Amazon Web Services field sales, presales, training and support teams. At least 15 years of relevant experience in information technology is required for this position. Inside Sales Representative - Average: $69,000 The inside sales representative creates the first impression for prospective customers through business development activities, follow-ups on their inquiries and from the company’s marketing programs. Experience with technology sales is required. Head of Media - Amazon Channels - Average: $56,000 This role is responsible for leading, managing and growing a team of media professionals, as well as managing media agencies and other partners in order to achieve the company’s marketing and media objectives. The person should have at least eight years of experience in media strategy. Head of Social Media - Average: $54,000 Amazon seeks an experienced, strategic and highly creative individual to lead its global social media marketing efforts. The perfect candidate will have more than 10 years of experience in social media marketing. Content Writer - Average: $47,000 The ideal candidate will have experience in results-driven technical content writing. Requirements include knowledge of search engine optimization and experience managing multiple content management systems.
  • Disappointment is being expressed by a local elected leader after learning that Orlando did not make the cut as Amazon whittled down the candidates for its second North American Headquarters to just 20 sites. Most of those still in play are in the northeast U.S., but Miami and Atlanta are still in consideration.  'We are a creative city that thinks big and are committed to continuing to pursue headquarter operations and nurture our homegrown technology and innovation companies,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.   “While we are obviously disappointed our region wasn’t selected for the next round for the H2Q project by Amazon, we are proud of the proposal our community presented and the assets our region offers.   We are confident that because of our region’s culture of collaboration, our strong business environment and our investments in quality of life amenities, there are great economic opportunities on the horizon.' We have reached out to the CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership for comment as well.
  • Consuming too much salt can be dangerous for your health. It can cause your blood pressure and cholesterol to skyrocket, but it might also cause memory loss, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York recently conducted an experiment, published in the Nature Neuroscience journal, to determine if salt was linked with memory loss. To do so, the researchers observed mice, which were split into two groups. One group was given food containing 4 percent salt, and the other was fed food with 8 percent salt. The amounts represented an “8- to 16-fold increase in salt compared to a normal mouse diet” and was comparable to a high-salt diet for humans, scientists noted.  >> On AJC.com: These 5 'healthy' foods may have more salt than you think After eight weeks, they examined the animals using magnetic resonance imaging, which captured photos of the anatomy and physiology of the brain.  They discovered the high-salt diet reduced resting blood flow to the brain, causing dementia. They saw a 28 percent decrease in the blood flow in cortex and a 25 percent decrease in the hippocampus, which are two areas of the brain associated with learning and memory.  Analysts also administered a recognition test, and the mice that consumed more salt performed significantly worse, compared to the mice on a regular diet. Mice with salty diets spent less time building nests and gathering materials. This was the case even for mice that had healthy blood pressure levels.  >> Related: These are the best diets for 2018 “We discovered that mice fed a high-salt diet developed dementia even when blood pressure did not rise,” senior author Costantino Iadecola said in a statement. “This was surprising since, in humans, the deleterious effects of salt on cognition were attributed to hypertension.” Why is that? The researchers discovered that the high-salt diet prompted an immune response in the gut, which increased a protein called interleukin 17. Its job is to regulate immune and inflammatory responses. But high levels of interleukin 17 can cause a reduction in the production of nitric oxide, which affects brain functions.  >> On AJC.com: Here’s what we always get wrong about salt Luckily, the scientists revealed they were able to reverse the immune signals by discontinuing the high-salt diets and prescribing drugs to lower the interleukin 17 levels. Scientists now hope to continue their investigations by further exploring interleukin 17 and other ailments associated with it. They said their findings may be able to “benefit people with diseases and conditions associated with elevated IL-17 levels, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and other autoimmune diseases.”
  • An elderly Louisiana man whose home had no heat was found dead Wednesday morning, and his wife was hospitalized, after temperatures dropped into the teens overnight.  Paul Maker, 84, of New Roads, was found lying on the floor of his home by sheriff’s deputies, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported. Both Maker and his wife were disabled and wheelchair-bound. The house had no heat, and the couple was afraid to run their space heaters because of the fire hazard, law enforcement officials said. Deputies went to their home Wednesday morning after a neighbor who often checked on the Makers called 911 to request a welfare check.  “He was in the house with his wife, and they were deathly afraid of running their space heaters overnight,” Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres told the newspaper. “This is just a sad situation.” The couple’s children live in New Orleans and, upon learning of their father’s death and their mother’s hospitalization, could not travel the more than 100 miles to New Roads because most roads in south Louisiana were shut down due to the weather. “I tried to call them all day yesterday to check on them and never got an answer,” Wanda Curly, the couple’s daughter, told the Advocate. “I knew the weather was bad, and I knew they couldn’t do a lot for themselves.” The temperature in the house was about 20 degrees when deputies got there, Pointe Coupee Chief Deputy Coroner Joe Gannon said. Maker died of hypothermia.  Gannon said he believes Maker’s wife would have succumbed to the cold if the couple’s neighbor had not sought help. “She would have been next, I think,” Gannon said.  Maker’s wife told deputies that she heard her husband fall in their living room around midnight, but could not check on him because she could not get out of bed on her own, the newspaper reported.  Curly said her parents moved to New Roads after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She and her siblings tried in vain to get them to relocate to New Orleans over the years, but the couple, who were together for more than 60 years, valued their independence.  She said her mother would have to move to the city under this week’s tragic circumstances. “She doesn’t have a choice now,” Curly said. “She can’t stay there by herself.”
  • A man is facing a capital murder charge after Starkville police accused him of shooting and killing a woman described as his “on-again, off-again” girlfriend at a Mississippi Walmart where she worked as an optometrist, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Walmart in Starkville. Police Chief Frank Nichols said a man fired several shots after walking into the store and confronting a woman, identified as Walmart Vision Center employee Shauna Witt, 42, the Starkville Daily News reported. No other injuries were reported. Witt was taken to a hospital, where she later died from her injuries, police said. Police said they confronted a man at the scene of the shooting and detained him after a brief struggle. The man, identified as William Thomas “Tommy” Chisholm, was arrested and charged with capital murder. Investigators believe the shooting was the result of a domestic situation. According to witnesses, Chisholm and Witt were in an on-again, off-again dating relationship. After the shooting, Justin Blaylock, who said he knew Witt for nearly two decades, described her as “a generous, kind soul,” the Daily News reported. “She will be greatly missed by all,” he said. “(She was) just a genuine friend that cared at all times and was willing to lend a hand at any time.” At the time of the killing, police said, Chisholm was out on felony bond for an incident related to the victim. Police continue to investigate the shooting. The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.