Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida students below global peers in math, science
Florida teens scored lower than their international peers in math and science and about the same in reading on a global test. Results released Tuesday from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment show U.S. students overall have made little improvement. More at the AP and the Orlando Sentinel.
House speaker weighs letting voters decide gambling growth
House Speaker Will Weatherford is developing a plan that could provide cover for Republican House members reluctant to expand gambling as the Legislature takes up the thorny issue during the upcoming session. Weatherford wants to put a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot that would let voters decide if they should weigh in on future expansion of gambling. More at the Jacksonville Daily Record.
Liberty Power named 'retail energy firm of year'
As houses get bigger, some opt to downsize into 'wee' homes
Leading the "tiny home" charge are builders such as Orlando native Dan Louche, who tours the country teaching people how to build miniature homes.
Fort Lauderdale-based Liberty Power Corp., which sells electricity, was among the minority-owned businesses recognized in the 2013 National Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Americans Due to Replace Oldest Goods Since JFK
Americans have been holding on to their wobbly washing machines and sagging sofas even longer than their grandparents did 50 years ago, setting the stage for a rebound in consumer spending as old household goods wear out. More at Businessweek.
U.S.-Cuba money transactions could get more complicated
The difficulties in transferring funds between the U.S. and Cuba have sparked broad concerns in the wake of M&T Bank’s decision to stop processing accounts for the Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington. More at the Miami Herald.
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