April 17, 2014

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Gambling bill opens door for casinos

Broward and Miami-Dade counties would each open one Las Vegas style hotel casino if a bill introduced on Monday works its way through the Florida Legislature. A new commission would oversee gambling and the state lottery, and voters would get the final say on all future gaming issues. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel , the AP and Bay News 9.


Too many of us live too close to financial edge

The country seems to be coming out of wrenching financial times. Our savings habits are not. A series of recent surveys point to an abysmal lack of savings by many U.S. households despite an official end to the recession and dramatic declines in unemployment rates. Especially in Florida. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]


Florida considers in-state tuition for Dreamers

State lawmakers could approve a bill this session allowing qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition even if they are in the country illegally. The tuition debate is a perennial one in Tallahassee. But this year the measure appears to be gaining broader support. [Source: AP]


Move grows to ban e-cig sales to minors

The movement to prohibit e-cigarette sales to minors is gaining steam, with legislators looking to impose a statewide ban and Davie scheduled to become the fourth city in Broward County to follow the trend. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


Lower Canadian dollar won't slow snowbirds

The decline of the Canadian dollar is going to convince a lot of would-be cross-border shoppers to stay home, but travellers who go south to chase the sun will probably keep doing so, a report from TD Bank out Monday suggests. More from the Financial Post and CBC News.


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› $75 million donation largest in UF history
A pledge to donate $75 million to the University of Florida has faculty planning on a lasting impact on students for generations to come. Alumni Al Warrington and his wife Judy are donating the entire gift to the Warrington College of Business Administration at UF in order to make the school a top destination for business students.

› Private Florida key is on sale for $110 million
Attention, Miami residents looking for a getaway: Pumpkin Key, a rare private in the Florida Keys, is for sale for $110 million. The 26-acre key, part of the Ocean Reef community, includes a main house, two caretaker’s cottages, a boat captain’s apartment, a private office and a dozen 1-1/2-acre bayfront lots.

› Algenol CEO wants an apology from county Commissioner
Algenol Biofuels CEO Paul Woods said he wants a “very, very strong apology” from Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass before he will consider building a plastics manufacturing plant there.

› FBI agent opens Sarasota private investigation firm
He once chased fugitives heading to the Texas border, studied Mexican drug cartels' leadership and helped indict a powerful Texas sheriff on corruption charges. Now Leo Martinez is taking on a different challenge.


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