Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Hardest Hit program for underwater homeowners to accept more applications
State housing officials say they will reopen a $350 million program meant to reduce the mortgage balances for "underwater" homeowners. The Florida Hardest Hit Fund Principal Reduction Program will accept online applications beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday. The application is available at PrincipalReductionFLHHF.org. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Countdown on for big 2015 tourism conference in Orlando
In about a year, Orlando will host the most important conference in the travel and tourism industry, when the IPW annual meeting rolls into the Orange County Convention Center. For tourism and travel officials, hosting IPW — formerly known as International Pow Wow — is a little like having the NBA All-Star game or Super Bowl come to town .More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Florida Cabinet asked to OK 2 nuclear reactors
Gov. Scott and the state's three other elected officials on Tuesday will decide whether Florida Power & Light should be allowed to add two nuclear generators at its existing Turkey Point facility near Homestead. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Availability of state-funded pre-K varies widely
The availability of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs varies widely from one part of the country to another, says a new report. A number of states had fairly high enrollments, including Florida where more than 7 out of 10 4-year-olds attended public pre-school. Read more and see a map from the AP.
Animal Planet's 'Tanked' company opens in Fort Lauderdale
Getting a shark tank just got easier for South Floridians. The aquarium company featured on Animal Planet's hit show "Tanked" — designers of extravagant, jaw-dropping, million-dollar tanks — has opened a satellite office in Fort Lauderdale. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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