Reptile owners and vendors affected by an addition to Florida’s prohibited species list are filing a petition to challenge the decision.
A little over six months ago, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried was sworn into office, taking over a department of nearly 4,000 employees that has regulatory authority over everything from agribusiness to telemarketers to firearm permits and much more. We’ll get an update from Commissioner Fried about her work so far, including efforts on medical marijuana, fostering the growth of a hemp industry in Florida, consumer protection’s for Florida’s LGBTQ community, helping growers recovering from hurricane losses and much more.
The Defense Department announced it is deploying 1,000 more U.S. troops to the Middle East "for defensive purposes" amid growing tensions with Iran. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Monday in a statement that the action, meant to address air, naval, and ground-based threats, comes after "a request from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) for additional forces." The Trump administration has blamed Iran for a series of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. "The recent...