September 18, 2014

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 4/19/2013

› Lawmakers collect $662k in 'slush funds' they hope to outlaw
In the two months leading up to a legislative session billed as an ethical house-cleaning, Florida legislators raised $662,000 from special interests through the funds they hope to outlaw over the next two weeks.

› City National Bank of Florida reports improved first quarter results
For the quarter ending March 31, the Miami-based bank reported net income of $9.5 million, up from $9.4 million for the first quarter of 2012. Core earnings before securities gains were $13.6 million in the first quarter, compared to $11.5 million in the same year-ago quarter.

› Wade carefully into the world of apps
We are conditioning ourselves to react to reminder notices and to stop committing things to memory. This trend will continue as more and more companies develop applications and services. Those companies will continue to lead by example, and small companies can learn from their success.

› Florida closer to making tarpon a catch-and-release only species
The state of Florida is moving closer to making tarpon a catch-and-release only species. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is meeting in Havana, Fla. this week and on Wednesday moved forward with a tarpon and bonefish rule change.

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