August 2, 2014

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/14/2013

› New law will ban Florida truckers from texting and driving
The 226-page highway safety bill (HB 7125) brings Florida law into compliance with federal regulations that ban truckers and other commercial vehicle operators, like bus drivers, from either texting while driving or talking on their cells phone _ unless they are using a wireless device like Bluetooth.

› Grocers allege potato group pumped up spud prices
A U.S. wholesale grocer says America's potato farmers have run an illegal price-fixing cartel for a decade, driving up spud prices while spying on farmers with satellites and aircraft fly-overs to enforce strict limits on how many tubers they can grow.

› Element hotel to be built at Orlando Fashion Square
The new LEED-certified hotel at Orlando Fashion Square will have suites with mini-kitchens, specially designed workspaces and entertainment centers along with hotel amenities for active business and leisure travelers that include a pool deck, fitness center and bike-and-ride stations.

› Cops drop workers compensation lawsuit against Miami Beach
A lawsuit that accused Miami Beach of engaging in a racketeering scheme to deny police officers full worker’s compensation benefits has been voluntarily dismissed.

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