May 3, 2021

Day: May 3, 2021

U.S. personal incomes soar | Nation and World

U.S. personal incomes soared in March by the most in monthly records back to 1946, powered by a third round of pandemic-relief checks that also sparked a sharp gain in spending.

The 21.1% surge in incomes followed a 7% decline in February, Commerce Department figures showed Friday. Purchases of goods and services, meanwhile, increased 4.2% last month, the most since June.

The increase in personal spending and incomes provides the economy a solid hand off heading into the second quarter after a robust pace of growth at the start of the year.

Economists projected a 20.3% jump in incomes and

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Fox News Poll: Biden approaches 100-day milestone

As Joe Biden closes in on the 100-day mark of his presidency, a Fox News poll finds a 54 percent majority of voters approves of his job performance.  That’s lower than Barack Obama’s 62 percent and George W. Bush’s 63 percent approval at their respective 100-day points, but higher than the 45 percent Donald Trump received four years ago.

Fox News Poll shows approval for the last 4 U.S. presidents

There is an 81-point gap on approval of President Biden between Democrats (95 percent) and Republicans (14 percent).  That’s even a bit wider than

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Florida Legislature Passes Major Changes to Auto, Property Insurance Markets

Florida lawmakers passed two bills on the last day of their 2021 legislative session that make major changes to the state’s auto and property insurance markets.

The actions follow weeks of back-and-forth debate on the proposals between the House and Senate chambers.

Stakeholders say neither of the potential new laws will do enough to accomplish lawmakers’ goals of reducing rates or weeding out fraud in their respective insurance industries. Both bills are now headed to Governor Ron DeSantis, who will have to sign them before they can become law.

Senate Bill 76

The bill attempts to address some of the

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Fourth stimulus check likely? Biden says payments are ‘making a difference’

Fourth stimulus check likely? Biden says payments are ‘making a difference’

President Joe Biden says the third round of stimulus checks, currently being distributed by the IRS, provided a financial lifeline to people who are still struggling as the pandemic maintains its grip on American life.

“We’ve already sent more than 160 million checks out the door. It’s making a difference,” the president told Congress in his big speech last Wednesday night. “For many people, it’s making all the difference in the world.”

Does that mean Biden wants the relief to continue? Lawmakers, advocates and millions of citizens are

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Man suffers life-threatening injuries after personal watercraft collides with boat in Dunedin

Pinellas County deputies are investigating after a man was hospitalized following a collision between a personal watercraft and a boat Saturday morning near the Dunedin Causeway.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, David Steffano, 56, was operating a 28-foot Chaparral Bowrider traveling eastbound alongside the Dunedin Causeway, with five passengers on board, when he saw someone on a personal watercraft traveling north to south at a high rate of speed. 

Steffano said he thought the personal watercraft would travel behind his vessel. Due to heavy water traffic, Steffano said he turned his attention to the port

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Old Town: As homeless camping increases, business owners and unhoused cry for more help

Under the wail of passing trains, Portland’s Old Town residents and business owners swap stories of the latest neighborhood goings on. Their conversations repeat themselves week after week. They fear crime is increasing. They’re bothered by tents lining sidewalks and trash piling up. They’re frustrated that first responders don’t arrive quickly when homeless neighbors experience a mental health crisis. And they worry about the immense task of reopening their businesses after a year of closures.

At first blush, the conversations seem to pit business owners against individuals experiencing homelessness. But in reality, both sides are asking for largely the same

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