Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida hospitals don’t report "superbug"
The CDC is sounding alarm bells over the rise of a drug-resistant “superbug” in hospitals across the country; only six states require hospitals to report the infections, and Florida isn’t one of them. More at Health News Florida, NPR and McClatchy.
State calls for study on gambling’s economic impact
The debate on gambling has, for the most part, been a battle of who said what. But lawmakers now want actual data on the impact of allowing gambling in Florida. Florida Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, alongside other state leaders, has asked vendors to create a study on the economic, fiscal and social impacts of gaming. More at the Orlando Business Journal.
Adams and Reese law firm opens fifth office in Jacksonville
The law firms of Adams and Reese LLP and Volpe, Bajalia, Wickes, Rogerson & Wachs (VBWR) announced the merger of the two firms, effective March 1, 2013. The merger continues Adams and Reese’s aggressive growth across the state of Florida, adding Jacksonville as its fifth Florida location. The firm already has offices in Tampa, Tallahassee, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. Full story.
Face time vs. flexibility: Do employees need both?
The intensified push for face-to-face interaction and information sharing comes at a time when workers are pushing for flexibility, begging the question: Can a collaborative culture be created without impeding work/life balance? More at the Miami Herald.
Boat builder shuts down Brevard factory
Sea Ray Boats, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of pleasure craft, is ending it decades-long run of building boats in Brevard County. The decision by Sea Ray, which manufactures yachts at its Sykes Creek facility, means more than 200 people will lose jobs. More at Florida Today.
Increasing attention to the long-term effects of head injuries in professional sports has spurred hundreds of companies to get into the business of preventing or treating concussions. Yet companies remain cautious and wary of marketing their products as protection against concussions. Read more from Forbes.
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