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ICYMI: Funds for Pulse counseling running out, an update in the Christina Grimmie lawsuit and more



Mental health organization still needs funding for Pulse counseling:

The Mental Health Association of Central Florida has provided counseling services to more than 90 survivors, victims' family members and others affected by the Pulse tragedy. But that service is paid by a limited amount of funds that is running out, says Candy Crawford, the association's CEO. The nonprofit has gotten $1,500 from the Better Together Fund for support groups and $50,000 each from actress Glenn Close and the Humana Foundation to fund the program. Much of it has gone to paying 40 counselors under contract with the organization and a coordinator that connects people with counselors. For Crawford, it's not an option to allow the Pulse counseling program to end. She says, "We have a lot of resources to go after. We're not going to give up."

Judge asks Christina Grimmie's family for amended complaint:

An Orange County judge is asking the family of the late Christina Grimmie to file an amended complaint after dismissing their original lawsuit against the owners of the Orlando venue where The Voice singer was killed last year. Grimmie, 22, was fatally shot three times after her performance on June 10, 2016, at the Plaza Live. Shooter Kevin Loibl passed through security carrying two handguns and a hunting knife. Last year, Grimmie's family sued tour promoter AEG Live and venue owner Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Plaza Foundation for failing to take adequate security measures.

Orlando's Haitian community calls on Trump to keep his promise:

As they stood in front of Universal Studios in Orlando this week, about 100 people from the local Haitian community chanted a message for President Donald Trump: "Keep your promise." Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly decided to extend for six more months the temporary protected status given to more than 58,000 Haitians. But Kelly also signaled the end of the program, saying the six-month extension allows Haitian TPS recipients to obtain travel documents and make arrangements for their ultimate departure. Haitian faith leaders and hospitality union workers protested the decision, saying it leaves them living in fear of deportation. During the 2016 campaign, Trump stopped in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood and said he wanted to be the community's "greatest champion."

Rick Scott vetoes bill to tear down Florida's 'liquor wall':

Sorry, there'll be no Wheaties-and-whiskey run for you. The governor rejected a bill this week that would have allowed grocery stores like Walmart to sell hard liquor among their other goods. The veto was a win for stores like ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Publix Super Markets, who lobbied against the bill.


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