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The “CARES” act economic stimulus bill generated headlines with $1,200 checks for people earning less than $75 thousand a year- but there is more help in that stimulus package for small businesses including a "Payroll Protection Loan." 

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Coronavirus fears have taken the stock markets on a wild ride after weekend news of more cases of the virus confirmed outside of China.  WGCU’s Julie Glenn talked with FGCU professor of finance Dr. Thomas Smythe about the health problem that has become a major economic issue. He says he knew there’d be market volatility before the week even started. Here is a transcript of that conversation:

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The US Census Bureau is hiring hundreds of thousands of temporary workers across the country to help with the 2020 count, and southwest Florida is no exception. All counties in the area will be hiring and hourly wages will vary from $14 to $17 dollars per hour, according to federal website Recruitment is beginning now and the bulk of the work will take place in the spring of this year. Scheduling is flexible. Applicants should be at least 18 years old and be US citizens with a social security number. There is no upper age limit.

Seminole Tribe Stops $350 Million Gambling Payments To State

May 15, 2019
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The Seminole Tribe of Florida made good on threats Tuesday by telling Gov. Ron DeSantis it is quitting a long-standing revenue-sharing agreement with the state after negotiations on a new gambling deal went nowhere this spring.

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A new business in downtown Fort Myers is selling products that contain CBD, or cannabidol, which is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis. Seed & Bean Market has an extensive selection of teas, coffees, cosmetics, face masks, lotions, vape pens and much more, all infused with CBD.

We’re joined by one of the founders of Seed & Bean Market, Cole Peacock. He joins us in the studio to provide an update on CBD and its effects, as well as its legality in the state of Florida. Click HERE to see a visualization of scientific evidence for the medical benefits of CBD.