Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Gov. Rick Scott wants $1.2 billion more for public schools
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday he will ask the Legislature to increase funding for public schools by $1.2 billion next year. Speaking to the annual AP news forum in Tallahassee, Scott presented a case that Florida's economy has steadily improved under his direction and that now is the time to "strategically invest" in public education.
Sarasota brothers still after Twinkies
The bankruptcy court battle for control of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos snack cakes is not over, a Sarasota-based private-equity firm contends. Hurst Capital maintains it is still in the hunt to acquire the brands, despite a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday that said Hostess Brands "is nearing a deal" to sell the Twinkies brand. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Owners of Bal Harbour Shops become partner in Brickell CityCentre
Bal Harbour Shops has decided the best defense may be a good offense. After years of fighting the expansion of luxury retail in Miami-Dade, the owners of Bal Harbour Shops have done an about-face and decided to help fuel the growth. More at the Miami Herald.
Take a coffee break with an entrepreneur
Want to start a business? Or pursue a new career? Take a coffee break with an entrepreneur to get advice. Mentors from the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center at Florida International University in Miami will be available for 15 to 20 minute sessions at several "coffee break" events in the coming months. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Orlando ranks seventh in megachurch cities
The California-based Barna Group has ranked cities according to megachurch membership and Orlando comes out seventh with 18 percent of self-identified Christians attending a church with 1,000 members or more. Las Vegas topped the list with 29 percent attending large churches. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
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