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National: Hidden side of GoFundMe

Selina Iglesias: Greene Publishing, Inc. Over a span of years, GoFundMe has become a popular website for creating fundraising campaigns, whether someone is looking for donations to fund a road trip or a child’s hefty cancer treatment bills. However, not all of the money donated falls into the hands of those in need. For every donation you receive when having a campaign on GoFundMe, the company automatically deducts a five percent fee. These fees are deducted in real-time from donations, but the donors themselves are not charged any fees. In…

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Credit protection offered after Data Breach to help fight opioid epidemic

Story Submitted Governor Rick Scott recently signed executive order 17-146 directing the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to immediately begin drawing down federal grant funds totaling more than $27 million to fund opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery support services across the state. In 2015, opioids were responsible for more than 33,000 deaths nationwide; and nearly 3,900 deaths in Florida. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant will provide Florida with $27,150,403 in federal funding annually for two years for…

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Credit protection offered after Data Breach

Story Submitted The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has notified 469 customers that their social security numbers may have been obtained as part of a data breach that appears to have originated from overseas and is offering free credit protection for one year to these individuals. No financial information was obtained in this data breach, which is the first that has occurred during this administration. Commissioner Putnam has ordered a comprehensive review of the department’s cybersecurity measures, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is assisting the department…

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Madison County High School: One team One dream

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. The Madison County High School (MCHS) varsity baseball team has had quite a season, full of ups and downs. When it has seemed to matter the most, the Cowboys have managed to come through. One would have expected no less, when the Cowboys met up with old district rival and defending State Champion Lafayette High School from Mayo, on Tuesday, May 16 at home. The large crowd gathered to cheer on the Cowboys were not disappointed. Those who were at the game were treated to…

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