October 30, 2014

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| 11/27/2012

Florida’s consumer confidence shows post-election decline

Florida’s consumer confidence declined in November to 76, down four points from the revised October reading of 80, according to a new University of Florida study. However, while consumer confidence is historically low, it is still relatively high post-recession, said Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. More at UF News and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Floridians buy more Powerball tickets

The odds are astronomical, but a Floridian has the best chance of winning Wednesday's Powerball jackpot of approximately $425 million. That's because we're No. 1 in Powerball ticket sales. Lottery officials note that since the game began its dry spell on Oct. 3, Florida players have bought $83 million worth of tickets. That's more than anywhere else in the country. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Orlando bible translation group among largest U.S. charities

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Three years ago Nancy Bell decided to move Science First, a science education products manufacturer, from Buffalo, N.Y., to Nassau County. Founded in 1960, the family-owned company preferred Florida’s business climate and logistical advantages, such as Jacksonville’s nearby seaport, Bell says.

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Orlando-based Wycliffe Bible Translators, the largest Scripture translation organization in the world, is ranked the 70th largest U.S. charity in an annual Forbes report. Wycliffe ranked 108th overall in 2011. For the second year in a row, Wycliffe is listed as the third largest religious charity, based on private support. More at the Orlando Sentinel.


Home prices increase in most major US cities

Home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities, more evidence of a housing recovery that is providing a lift to the fragile economy. The Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller national index measuring prices in 20 cities rose 3 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago. More at the AP.


Broward lures film, TV production with incentives

Lights, camera, action: Greater Fort Lauderdale is offering $150,000 in incentives to lure more film and television productions to Broward County and boost their impact on local jobs and tourism. It's the first rebate package offered specifically for film industry production in the county, said Noelle Stevenson, film commissioner with the Broward Office of Film & Entertainment. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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pythonTo help combat the problem of invasive snakes in the Florida Everglades, the federal government earlier this year banned the importation and sale of Burmese pythons and three other exotic snake species. One reason was fears that pythons might spread to other states. One reason was fears that pythons might spread to other states. A study by the USGS found pythons could potentially spread up the East Coast and west to California. Full story from WUSF.

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