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Education will get some attention at the RNC
The 2012 presidential campaign has focused mostly on the economy, jobs and national debt. Unlike in 2008, education advocates are not spending millions to promote the issue. But education will get the spotlight at a handful of events held at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. More at StateImpact Florida.
Florida company leads latest Inc. 500 list
A North Miami Beach company that generated 23,646.3 percent growth over three years leads Inc. magazine’s 2012 list of America’s 500 fastest-growing private companies. A number of other Florida companies made the list as well. To read more and see slideshows of where the other companies ranked, see the South Florida Business Journal and the Orlando Business Journal. The full list is available in the print version of Inc. Magazine and will be made available online next week.
Feds sue Florida prisons over lack of kosher meals
Even her family name is packed with flavor. Naranjo — “orange tree” in Spanish — makes paletas, Mexican popsicles, basically.
“The difference is, the sugar content is lower, it’s all fruit and not a lot of additives or coloring,” Naranjo says. Plus, her paletas have a better back story.
The federal government is suing Florida's Department of Corrections for not offering kosher meals to prison inmates. In its lawsuit filed in Miami federal court, federal officials say that by refusing to offer kosher meals, the state "forces hundreds of its prisoners to violate their core religious beliefs on a daily basis." More at the AP.
Electronic medical records may overlook mental health issues
Patients who have three or more chronic medical conditions are half as likely to receive depression treatment in primary care practices that use electronic medical records as they are in practices that use paper-based records, a new University of Florida study has found. More at UF News.
Florida budget panel restores court clerk funding
The Legislative Budget Commission on Thursday in Tallahassee gave the 67 clerks, one in each county, authority to tap increased fee and fine collections that have resulted from the passage of a new law. More at the AP.
Out of the Box
On a balmy Sunday morning at the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar, barkeeps set up their stations as churchgoers filtered in under a Jack Daniels banner. The iconic bar, which sits on the Florida and Alabama state line, is famous for its annual mullet-tossing contest — patrons gather on the beach and throw dead fish from Alabama into Florida. Bikini contests, bar brawls and drink specials are the day-to-day business of the beach bar that calls itself "America's last roadhouse." But for one hour every Sunday, the Flora-Bama is home to about 450 regular congregants of Worship at the Water, an outreach service of the Perdido Bay United Methodist Church. Full story from the Associated Press and video below:
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