Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
With retail sales up more than 4.1 percent compared with a year ago in April, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers trade group, analysts are hopeful that more new business is on the horizon. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
Florida companies looking to attract more job candidates may want to consider allowing employees to work from home, according to a new study by FlexJobs. The Sunshine State was ranked No. 3 among the top 10 states where job seekers are looking to find a job they can do from home or remotely. [Source: Orlando Business Journal]
With a steady decline in federal funding for NASA programs, commercial companies are looking to fill a void through privately funded space exploration. Whether it's sending humans to Mars or using technologies to mine extraterrestrial minerals for medicinal purposes, the US space program is going through a major transformation. [Source: Information Week]
A charity reform bill is awaiting the governor's signature – and legislators backing it say, it'll protect you from scams. WTSP spoke with State Senator Jeff Brandes, who drafted the bill, about what this means for citizens and charities in our communities. [Source: WTSP]
As casual-dining chains market their food in an increasingly crowded field, they're paying more attention to what they're serving it on. Smokey Bones, Hard Rock Café, Sonny's BBQ and other chains are introducing more modern dishware and adding flair with garnishes and paper wraps. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Legislature defends new ethics law to court
The Florida Legislature is defending a year-old state law that allows elected officials to place their assets in a blind trust instead of reporting each investment publicly.
› Millionaire returns to his dream of affordable housing in Sarasota
Harvey Vengroff has had a change of heart about leaving Sarasota for Belize. A phone call from a city official had a lot to do with it.
› Florida among worst states for banking in 2014
The Sunshine State receives a lot of accolades for being a great place to visit or start a business, but the state didn't fare as well on a new report by MoneyRates.com, which ranks Florida among the 10 worst states for banking in 2014 at No. 41.
› Broward "PAC Man'' hit with highest elections fine in history
A Deerfield Beach man known for creating hundreds of political action committees — earning him the moniker "PAC Man'' — has been hit with the largest fine in Florida elections history.
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