What you need to know about Florida today
Overall holiday spending is expected to increase only modestly this year, and retailers are using bold, new strategies to capture the biggest share of shopping dollars: Mobile apps alerting shoppers to unadvertised specials, private sales, price matches, earlier-than-ever Thanksgiving Day store openings, and guarantees that door-buster electronics will be available. More from Florida Today and the Tampa Bay Times.
Apart from giving law students practical experience, the new Veterans Law Institute at Stetson University’s College of Law also takes on varied roles in serving both veterans and active-duty military personnel. Full story...
If you or your business were harmed by BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you may be eligible for payments and other benefits from two separate legal settlements. Time is running out for seafood harvesters to file claims: The application window will close in 40 to 50 days. Others have until April 2014. [Source: Fort Myers News-Press]
Democratic lawmakers, liberal activists and labor unions on Monday called for sweeping changes in Florida’s voting laws, warning that if Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers do not act the issues could end up in court. The call came after Florida again became the center of national attention as the state was the last in the nation to be able to tally its votes. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
Florida has pushed school districts to increase enrollment in Advanced Placement courses, even adding AP participation and performance to the state's grading formula for high schools. The effort has been part of a statewide emphasis on preparing students for college. As a result, Florida ranks sixth in the nation for performance on the college-caliber exams. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Brevard watchdog panel examines veterans' charities
Determined to make sure that groups operating in Brevard County collecting money on behalf of veterans keep their operations and records transparent, the Brevard Veterans Council — a coalition of about 70 veterans organizations — formed the Veterans Charity Watchdog Committee. The mission: create guidelines for such groups to keep them honest.
› Fort Myers plant creating biodiesel out of restaurants' used cooking oil
It's a dirty job. But Christian Colarusso is happy to have it. He's one of several recent Florida Gulf Coast University graduates to land a job at a new state-of-the-art plant that's pumping out biodiesel in Fort Myers.
› Number of people on food stamps jumps in South Florida
The number of South Floridians on food stamps continued to climb in October with even Broward adding 2,000 more people to the rolls despite its September decline that had been the first drop in more than five years, state officials said.
› Business owners worry sign removal will hurt business
The relatively new Florida statute making signs along highway 98 illegal on the right-of-way, claim they cause distractions and endanger the health, safety and general welfare of the public. But business owners say without them, they may become endangered.
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