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Sun Sentinel
FPL opens $6 million Cat 5 storm center in Jupiter, one of 12 planned
Florida Power & Light Co. employees have a place to work and sleep during a storm, thanks to ratepayers.  The Juno Beach-based electric utility opened its $6 million, Category 5-rated storm center in Jupiter on Wednesday, one of 12 throughout the state geared toward housing employees, and even some out-of-state crews, during and after a storm.

Sun Sentinel
Broward moves to sue drug companies over opioids
The Broward commission on Tuesday ordered the county attorney to pursue a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to recoup the costs of treating opioid addicts.  Other cities and counties in South Florida are considering similar lawsuits. Palm Beach County decided to pursue a lawsuit last week. The suits would be similar to lawsuits against tobacco companies, which were successfully sued for offering a product that they knew was dangerous.

Gainesville Sun
Officials extend homeless shelter contract
Disgusted. Embarrassed. Disturbing. Unethical. And a bit silly.  That was how some Gainesville and Alachua County commissioners described negotiations with each other while trying to ensure 300 homeless people have access to food, showers and a place to sleep come Jan. 1.  After nearly five hours of deliberation, the governing bodies agreed to extend a contract three months, which will allow the Alachua County Coalition of the Homeless and Hungry to continue to run Grace Marketplace until March 31.