July 29, 2014

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 4/15/2014

Psst… Tax day is here

As Tuesday's income-tax deadline looms, experts have a word of caution for procrastinators: Filing your return at the last minute can be hazardous to your financial health. Nearly 10 million Floridians are expected to file federal income tax returns this year, and plenty of them are racing to meet Tuesday's deadline. More from the Sarasota Herald Tribune, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and the Tampa Bay Times.


To prevent data theft, businesses race to adopt new technology

Recent high-profile data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have accelerated plans by banks and retailers to implement technologies they say will prevent hackers from stealing consumers' account information. [Source: McClatchy]


Supreme Court could take up drug-testing policy for state workers

More than three years after Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order seeking across-the-board drug testing for state employees, the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to decide whether to weigh in on the policy. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]


Cost, rules stop some farmers from going organic

In Florida, the number of certified organic farms has more than doubled in the past two years, to 315 farms last year. But organic farming can be more expensive because it's more labor intensive, and because the animals, though healthier, don't always grow as big. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]


Column: Invest in Florida’s future by investing in its entertainment industry

A good investment is measured by its return; and, a 5.6:1 return on investment is undeniably a winning proposition for Florida’s workforce, businesses and families. This return on investment is exactly what Florida’s entertainment industry is offering – for every $1 the state invests in the entertainment industry, $5.60 is returned and infused back into our state’s economy. [Source: Gainesville Sun]

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» Florida's film industy: A regional roundup
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» Taking a reel risk with Miami's Panamax Films


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Tampa Bay Times wins Pulitzer for Hillsborough Homeless Recovery investigation
The Tampa Bay Times won a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting Monday, earning national recognition for stories that exposed a government agency's inhumane treatment of Hillsborough County's homeless population.

› Florida ag department seeks growers for Colombian trade mission
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is co-sponsoring a trade mission to Colombia in September and is taking applications for participation from Florida or Georgia agricultural producers.

Andy Corty's Column
Learning from 'A Land Remembered'

Last year, a friend at Mosaic Co. gave me the book“A Land Remembered,” Reubin Askewwhich I’d heard much about but had never read. The author, Patrick Smith — nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize — was the subject of this magazine’s “Florida Icon” profile last September...
The column continues here.

› Q&A with AutoNation’s Mike Jackson
As the chairman and CEO of AutoNation, the largest retailer of vehicles in the United States, Jackson oversees a vast sales system that operates 269 new-vehicle franchises from 228 stores in 15 states, with revenues that reached about $18 billion last year.

› Businesses can pitch ideas for cash, services
Entrepreneurs with a unique idea to sell can indulge their fantasies of winning over the judges next month, as Orlando gets its own, local version of the pitch show "Shark Tank."


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