July 28, 2014

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Foreclosure rate falls nationally, but Florida still trending up

The evolution of the U.S. foreclosure crisis is increasingly diverging along state lines, and Florida continues to have one of the nation’s highest rates of foreclosure. On a national level, fewer homes were placed on the foreclosure track last month than in August last year, when they hit a 17-year high, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. At the same time, so-called foreclosure starts increased almost exclusively in states like Florida and New York, where the courts must sign off on foreclosures, the firm said. Full story from the AP.

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» Florida ranks second in nation for foreclosure activity.
» Foreclosure rate falls nationally, but Florida still trending up


Business Profile

Icing the competition

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Jillian Hopke is the entertainment specialist at Legoland Florida in Winter Haven. She is also the winner of the Sept. 2 episode of "Cupcake Wars" on Food Network.

Hopke opened Jillycakes three years ago but has been baking her whole life. Since winning her episode, things have gotten busier as business has tripled within a week.

» Full story from the Lakeland Ledger.

» Cupcake Wars

» Jillycakes Facebook page

'Do Not Call' list attracts fewer Floridians to sign on

Floridians' excitement over the free Do Not Call list has tapered off since it was first introduced last spring. In July, Floridians registered 37,310 telephone numbers, but only 17,159 numbers were added during August. The Do Not Call register currently has 314,626 numbers listed. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


COMMENTARY: Spare small business the campaign spotlight

Helping small business has been a dominant theme in this year’s presidential campaign. While the crush is nothing new—politicians have sung the praises of entrepreneurs at election time for decades—it feels like the nominees are pursuing them even more than usual this time around. But will their commitment to small business last beyond election day? More at Bloomberg BusinessWeek.


Florida hip implant patients tell of suffering, file lawsuits

More South Floridians filed lawsuits this week against the company that recalled a hip implant because it was poisoning recipients. Three patients from Boca Raton, Lake Worth and Boynton Beach are the latest seeking compensation as they cope with a range of heavy metal poisoning symptoms from the Rejuvenate model of hip implant made by Stryker Orthopaedic. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Medical jobs among best-paying future careers

The U.S. unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent in October 2009, and has since slowly improved, flirting with 8 percent in August. Despite the downward trend, the rate is still more than double pre-recession levels. As the economy continues to recover and more people return to the work force, many are trying to find the right career — one that is hiring and will pay well. More at the MSNBC and 24/7 Wall Street.

Florida Film Trends
Iron Man3 to film in Florida

Iron Man 3 Greater Fort Lauderdale is on the alert for an extraordinarygroup of visitors from Marvel Studios, including an invincible super hero. Broward County will welcome cast and production crew beginning October 1 for the third and final installment in the solo superhero saga “Iron Man 3.” The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Office of Film & Entertainment announcement of the blockbuster production will include locations in Broward County’s Dania Beach, and other neighboring South Florida communities.

» More from BrowardNetOnline and CBS Miami.

» Official Iron Man 3 site


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