April 16, 2014

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/25/2013

Higher education in the post-recession world

In the United States -- where top schools have long championed a liberal style of learning and broad education before specialization -- higher education's focus is shifting to getting students that first job in a still-shaky economy. Tuition is so high and the lingering economic distress so great that an education not directly tied to an occupation is increasingly seen as a luxury. Elsewhere in the world, there is a growing emphasis on broader learning as an economic necessity. [Source: AP]

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Gas prices expected to inch up

Southeast gas prices remained relatively stable from last week after oil prices fell following an increase in the value of the U.S. dollar. Prices at the pump are expected to rise slightly as the July 4th holiday weekend approaches, experts say. [Source: Ocala Star-Banner]

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Economist: Housing bubble talk "far off base"

Real estate observers arguing against a bubble say the current crop of investors is helping the market recover by purchasing, renovating and renting homes. No mad-dash flipping as there was during the boom. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


Citizens Insurance weighs rate hike

As Citizens Property Insurance Corp. maneuvers to jettison hundreds of thousands of Florida homeowner policies to reduce its risk, its board is set to gather in Miami on Wednesday to weigh rate hikes for next year. Citizens is the state-run company created to shoulder windstorm insurance after many others fled the market. [Source: Miami Herald]


Supreme Court makes it harder to sue businesses for discrimination

A sharply-divided Supreme Court on Monday made it more difficult for Americans to sue businesses for discrimination and retaliation, leading a justice to call for Congress to overturn the court’s actions. [Source: AP]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Cities to sue Broward over $100 mil in garbage dispute
Cities are lining up to sue Broward County because they fear it could walk off with $100 million or more that they say belongs to them. For 25 years, the county and 26 of its cities have operated under a garbage pact where the cities paid the lion's share of dollars needed for landfills and other facilities.

› Chamber to explore next steps for Innovation Gainesville
The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its “iG What's Next?” Regional Economic Forum on Thursday to explore new opportunities as it starts the process of updating its Innovation Gainesville economic development plan.

› Tampa delegation takes soft sell approach with NYC financial firms
A delegation of local political and economic leaders traveled to New York City last week to visit the financial services firms that employ more than 74,000 workers in the Tampa Bay area. The delegation's message: Hey, we just wanted to say thanks, and in case you're hiring? Here's our number. So call us, maybe?

› Architects transforming South Florida
The South Florida real estate scene has become a hotbed for ambitious and cutting-edge designs from local and international architects. Projects both large and small have drawn the interest of the world's most important and controversial designers.


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