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  • Arrivals and Departures: Arrivals and Departures, Oct. 20, 2017 - The governor made several appointments and the Legislature saw a couple of staff changes.
  • State Economy: Florida unemployment rate drops to 3.8 percent - Florida's unemployment rate dropped another.4 percent since September.
  • Crime & Enforcement: After Herald series on abuses, Florida juvenile justice chief enacts a reform - Florida juvenile justice administrators have announce that they will appoint an in-house ombudsman to amplify the voice of youths in state custody and their families.
  • Environment: Daily inspections show Lake Okeechobee is dike sound - [2 updates] The Army Corps of Engineers says the dike around Lake Okeechobee it has been doing daily inspections and it has not been compromised. Meanwhile, the city of Miami and the Seminole Tribe are moving forward with a legal challenge of the Department of Environmental Protection's water toxin rules.
  • Health Providers: Appeals court sides with Scott on nursing home generators - The 1st District Court of Appeals side with Gov. Rick Scott on his rules to mandate generators at elder care facilities, but it has yet to issue a full opinion explaining the decision.
  • K-12 Education: State board approves schools for ‘hope’ money - The State Board of Education has approved 11 schools in Florida for new "hope operators" program.
  • Cabinet: Attorney General: Trujillo endorses Ashley Moody for attorney general - Ashley Moody has received an endorsement from House budget chief Carlos Trujillo in her race for attorney general.
  • Cabinet: Commissioner of Agriculture: Caldwell locks up more legislative endorsements in ag commissioner race - Rep. Matt Caldwell's campaign for agriculture commissioner says it's been endorsed by the legislative delegations in the Panhandle, Northeast and Southwest Florida.

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