August 20, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

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U.S. current account deficit falls to 14-year low

The current account is the country's broadest measure of trade, covering not only goods and services but also investment flows. A smaller trade deficit usually means that U.S. companies are producing more to meet domestic and overseas demand. More at the Miami Herald.


Family-friend practices may burden childless workers

As businesses make more effort to accommodate working parents, the resentment from non-parents is mounting. Early results of a new study of 25,000 workers shows two-thirds of non-parents feel they carry an undue burden at the office and are expected to work longer hours than those with children. More at the Miami Herald.


Hertz sticks with Florida move

Editor's Column

How many trauma centers for Florida?

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As hospitals urge the state to let them open trauma centers, Florida will have to decide how many centers should be allowed to open and is likely to set some rules to guide future trauma center growth.

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Hertz Corp. is on track with its corporate relocation to southwest Florida, even as it prepares to spin off a part of its operations. Hertz currently is based in temporary headquarters in North Naples pending the construction of its $70 million campus in Estero. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal and the AP.


Some Florida gas stations running on fumes

Family and friends arriving in Florida to escape winter weather may find a few gasoline stations without fuel, particularly in Central Florida near Orlando. Florida is working with 'hand-to-mouth' gasoline inventories right now while the state transitions to "summer blend" gasoline. More at WTSP.


Report: Pay raises for State Attorneys and Public Defenders would save taxpayer money

Florida's Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders are significantly undercompensated, as shown in findings from a Florida TaxWatch research report. The new report analyzes Assistant State Attorney and Assistant Public Defender pay across each of Florida's judicial circuits and finds that starting salaries in Florida fall well below the national average. Read the full report.

Out of the Box
UF researchers find a lobster’s sense of smell may hold the key to better electronic sensors

lobsterCould lobsters help protect soldiers someday? A team of University of Florida researchers says they might. Don’t expect to see battlefields filled with spiny crustaceans on leashes, though. The secret lies in how the clawed creatures locate a specific scent.

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