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Legislation to expand workers’ compensation benefits to include post-traumatic stress disorder for firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and other first responders unanimously passed its first Senate committee in Tallahassee last week.

PTSD is currently only fully covered by workers’ comp if a mental injury is accompanied by a physical injury that requires medical treatment. Advocates say the suicide rate among first responders is higher than the rate among the general population, and that expanding workers’ comp coverage for mental health issues like PTSD would bring that number down.

Two Florida Gulf Coast University professors have just returned from their 10-month leave on a Fulbright Scholar Grant.

High tourist season begins right after the Christmas holidays and that means most of the new restaurants trying to capture that market are open, existing restaurants have updated their menus, and most revisions to local wine lists have been made.

Today on the show we’ll talk with two local food and wine writers about what’s on trend this year in food and drink. Dorothea Hunter Sonne covers food and wine for the Gulfshore Life Magazine.  She’ll be joined by Gina Birch who writes the wine column “Gina Drinks” for the Fort Myers News Press.  She also writes for Grandeur Magazine and is the Birch behind the “Birch Beat” food blog.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced in November that the Temporary Protected Status designation of nearly 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. would expire in 18 months.  TPS was extended to Haitians following a devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed hundreds of thousands of people.  An estimated 10,000 Haitians with TPS are living in Southwest Florida. In September, the Trump administration announced an end to the Obama-era DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which has protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation who were brought to the U.S. as children. 

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Thursday marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed 2,403 active duty members of the U.S. military and injured another 1,178.