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Tampa Bay Times

Florida schools are slow to spend $693 million in federal coronavirus aid

As Florida schools prepared to reopen this fall, worries over whether they’d have adequate supplies to handle coronavirus complications topped the list of concerns. To help cover the costs, which might otherwise cripple districts' already tight budgets, the federal government provided $693.2 million in CARES Act money to Florida schools. State officials crafted a detailed but broad-ranging list of 14 “allowable activities” for spending the money, including cleaning and sanitizing materials, educational technology and other items to “maintain the operation of and continuity of services.”

Reuters

With evictions looming, U.S. cities seek legal help for renters

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Shalonda Glascoe fell behind on her rent as she struggled to find a job amid the coronavirus outbreak this spring, her landlord tried to kick her out of her Baltimore home - twice. Eventually, Glascoe, 47, sought free legal help, a decision she says was key in allowing her to stay in her home in the northeastern U.S. city. Without legal assistance, “I don’t think I would be here right now. I think I would have lost the fight,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Ormond Beach Observer

Drug companies aim to make COVID vaccine affordable and available

Don’t worry. Future COVID-19 vaccinations will be affordable and available. That was the message that Lori M. Reilly, chief operating officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, delivered Oct. 20 during the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum.“We know that for many people, they are nervous about their ability to access an affordable treatment or vaccine,” Reilly said.