Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
The Sunshine State's housing market continued to do well in March, with higher median prices, more new listings and a stable level of inventory, according to the latest data available from Florida Realtors. More from the Orlando Business Journal and the Brevard Times.
» Florida condo values rise twice as fast as houses
» South Florida house prices, sales inch up in March
» Brevard home sales see upswing in March
» Miami-Dade existing home and condo prices rose in March despite growing inventory
With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads - a bit. [Source: AP]
In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact of states accruing more tax revenue from Web purchases, researchers at Ohio State University have found sales dropped for Amazon when the online charge was introduced. In states that have the tax, households reduced their spending on Amazon by about 10 percent compared to those in states that don’t have the levy. ” More from Businessweek and the Orlando Business Journal.
Two Florida lawmakers motivated by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's dangerous escape from Cuba are trying to change the way Major League Baseball treats Cuban players and are willing to tie state money for stadiums to the issue. [Source: AP]
Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. [Source: AP]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Sarasota merchants eye electric cart routes
A push to establish a fleet of golf carts in Sarasota attracted a lot of attention two years ago, but faded. More recently, leaders of the Downtown Improvement District revived the idea and sketched out a route that would serve Main Street and reach out to some of the newer hotel developments on downtown's periphery.
› Car insurers see win at Florida Supreme Court
Car insurers are hailing a Florida Supreme Court decision not to review a case that aimed to stop a state law reducing Personal Injury Protection benefits, but opposing lawyers said renewed challenges are likely.
› Coding schools putting down roots in Miami
As Miami’s first development boot camp, Wyncode, gets ready to begin its first class next month, a second code school has jumped into the market.
› FCAT tests delayed over website woes
Thousands of students couldn't take FCAT online on Tuesday, as problems with the testing company's website prevented students from logging in. The glitch with the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test affected districts around Florida.
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