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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.

Last week, Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency due to red tide, which activated the “Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.” It's a short-term, interest-free loan intended to help small businesses impacted by red tide and the Lake Okeechobee algal bloom, but they may come due before the red tide is even gone.

Florida business leaders are pushing back against a potential change to Florida’s constitution. It would require businesses to verify new workers are eligible to work in the U.S.

Quincy J Walters / WGCU News

It’s been nearly five months since Hurricane Irma hit Florida. This week and next, an economic recovery workshop is traveling across the state, seeing what counties and small businesses need to help them bounce back and how to better handle the next disaster.


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