What you need to know about Florida today
› "I Built My Business" bus tour heads out across Florida
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) launches a nationwide bus tour in support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Small businesses are calling it the "I Built My Business" bus tour.
› Mood of the Nation: Businessman sees a recovery
On the eve of the 2012 elections, The Associated Pressinterviewed dozens of Americans to try to gauge the economic mood of the nation. People were asked about jobs, housing, gas prices, retirement and other issues. Among them was a man in Boca Raton, Fla.: Jay Baker, 69. He owns a flooring business whose revenue dropped after the housing bust. Recently, though, Baker has begun to enjoy a recovery.
› More South Floridians file for bankruptcy
A sharp increase in South Floridians filing for bankruptcy occurred in October after falling the month before, according to records released Thursday by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Miami. Consumers' filings jumped nearly 19 percent in October and were even running ahead of August filings. Still, personal bankruptcy filings were down 6 percent in South Florida from a year ago.
› St. Petersburg taxpayers only on the hook for $29,000 in RNC expenses
The $580,000 controversy over expenses from the Republican National Convention might be over. Taxpayers, Mayor Bill Foster said, are on the hook for $28,000 in police expenses, not the $580,000 detailed in a city document in August.
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