September 22, 2014

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What You Need to Know About Florida Today

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Legislature won't appeal redistricting ruling

Republicans who control Florida's Legislature said Tuesday that they will not appeal a ruling that found that the state's map for congressional districts unconstitutional. But Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford said in a joint statement that they want to postpone drawing a new map until after the 2014 elections. "Any attempt to change the districts at this late stage of the 2014 elections process would cause chaos and confusion and would threaten the rights of our deployed military voters," the statement says. (Full statement from Gaetz and Weatherford is here.) More from the AP.

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» Legislative leaders agree to redraw challenged congressional districts


Of Counsel

Florida attorneys find rewards in pro bono work

Karen Meyer Buesing's work with the poor has earned her the Bar's highest pro bono award. Buesing is a partner specializing in employment law at the Akerman law firm in Tampa. "It's incumbent for those of us who are in a position to help to do so," she says. Karen Buesing
Karen Buesing
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Florida aims to be HQ for driverless cars

Florida wants to save lives and create jobs by making you a passenger in your own car. The state has just announced Florida will be hosting a major national conference on driverless cars. The plan is to make Florida one of the world's headquarters for automated vehicles. More from First Coast News.


Democratic voter expansion project for 2014 moves to Florida

The Democratic National Committee's nationwide voter expansion project is headed to Florida. The DNC says it plans to build a "new permanent infrastructure for the Democratic Party and its candidates" in key states. More from the Tampa Bay Times.


When work becomes a haven from stress at home

A 2012 study showed that moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who stayed home. One sociologist said many people find work to be less stressful than their home lives. Listen to the story at National Public Radio.


U.S. Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping

The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries -- good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show. An American over age 60 today has a 44 percent lower chance of developing dementia than a similar-aged person did roughly 30 years ago, the longest study of these trends in the U.S. concluded. More from AP Health News.

Commentary
Real business incubators build business

Tom O'NealI lead a team that runs what has been named the best incubator network in the country … the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program that boasts eight incubators in communities surrounding Metro Orlando along Florida’s High Tech Corridor. My research team just finished a study of 224 university incubator clients matched up over time with 224 non-incubator companies in the same industry sector. University incubator firms did better when it came to employee growth while in the program and continued to grow at a higher rate after graduating from the program...
» More from Tom O'Neal, Associate VP of Research & Commercialization at the University of Central Florida, at Forbes.com.

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