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| 9/26/2012

Provisional ballots could be hanging chads of 2012

Florida is one of several states in which some races in this fall's election may come into dispute because of provisional ballots. A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions in regards to a given voter's eligibility. "In a close election, all eyes are going to be on those provisional ballots, and those same canvassing boards that were looking at pregnant chads and hanging chads back in 2000," said Daniel Smith, a political scientist at the University of Florida. "It's a potential mess." More from AP.

Companies promote programs to keep employees fit, well

Finding time to exercise is one of the biggest challenges American workers struggle with today. Around the country and in Florida, businesses are stepping in to help employees who lack motivation to exercise on their own.

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Tanker Scramble at MacDill Air Force Base

Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base has long been home to a wing of 16 KC-135 Stratotankers — the Air Force’s aerial refueling workhorse since the 1950s. MacDill’s 6th Air Mobility Wing, home to the tankers, employs 2,651 airmen, 600 civilians and assorted other military personnel. But the Air Force is phasing out the Stratotankers starting in five years, and there’s no guarantee that MacDill will get a fleet of the KC-46A planes that will replace them..
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They’re opening on-site fitness centers, creating walk trails and swimming pools, encouraging gym membership, offering lunchtime workouts and even bringing in at-the-desk exercise equipment. More at the Miami Herald.

» Polk School Board mulls weight-loss programs

Florida study says markets not to blame for Florida cities' pension problems

Florida State University's LeRoy Collins Institute issued a follow up to a "report card" that last year graded pension plans in Florida's 100 largest cities. At the time, the Collins Institute gave grades of D and F to a third of those cities because municipal pension plans were underfunded. The Institute's new report includes data from 2005 through 2011 and concludes underfunding began before the market fell. The full report from the Collins Institute is here. More also from AP.

Tropicana plans indicate long-term commitment to Bradenton

Orange juice giant Tropicana Manufacturing Co. Inc. has filed a new master site plan with Manatee County indicating a long-term committment to the Bradenton area. The plan would allow the company to streamline any future redevelopment at its 186-acre complex in Bradenton. Tropicana is one of Manatee largest employers, with about 1,200 workers staffed at its Bradenton headquarters. More at

Rising bank fees scare off some South Florida consumers

South Florida has some of the highest bank fees in the nation, according to the study released this week by South Florida ranks third nationwide in fees charged to use automated tellers machines at $1.90 a transaction, trailing only Philadelphia, $1.96, and Atlanta, $1.95. Because of this, many South Florida consumers have closed their bank accounts, and others are finding ways to trim their charges. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Out of the Box

Alligator pool parties for kids take off in Florida

According to ABC News, the cost of having a gator at your pool party can run about $175. It's also a welcome antidote to the been-there, done-that problem of children's birthday parties, Bob Barrett explained. Barrett is owner of The Alligator Attraction in Florida, and he brings the alligators to private homes. Video:

More from the Huffington Post.

Related: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to take closer look at gator pool party business

Today's Daily Pulse was compiled by Joyce Edmondson

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Florida Business News

  • Breaking News: Nova Southeastern University calls $200 million commitment from Patel Family 'transformational'

    Today, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announces the largest philanthropic gift in its history from Tampa-area cardiologist Dr. Kiran C. Patel and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Pallavi Patel. The commitment from the Patel Family Foundation includes a $50 million gift and an additional $150 million for real estate and facilities. The money will be used to expand the university's programs in osteopathic medicine and health care sciences, and also to develop a new 27-acre campus for NSU in Clearwater, Fla. The Patels are renowned in Florida for their philanthropy, community service and entrepreneurship.

    “This gift and additional investment will enrich NSU’s ability to educate highly-qualified physicians and health care professionals who understand how the medical disciplines can and must work together. These future leaders will represent the cultural diversity of our region, our nation and our world so that they can better serve their patients and communities,” said NSU President Dr. George Hanbury.

    Their $50 million gift, one of the seven-largest to any Florida university in history, catapults NSU to more than 84% of its goal to raise $250 million by 2020 for its Realizing Potential philanthropic campaign.

    Read more at the news release, here.

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Haunted maze at Merritt Square Mall
Haunted maze at Merritt Square Mall

Take a tour behind the scenes at the Frightmaze Hotel at the Merritt Square Mall.

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