Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today.
Venture capital, Florida get reacquaintedIn a boost to Florida's national ranking, companies here attracted nearly $300 million in venture capital last year, an indication that investment firms are taking notice of the Sunshine State during the nation's slow economic recovery, according to a new survey. Florida companies received $299.8 million in 2011, or nearly 58 percent more than the state's 2010 total, according to the MoneyTree Report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and National Venture Capital Association. They received $55 million in the fourth quarter alone — a fivefold increase from the same period a year earlier. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Florida No. 2 on Housing Misery Index
Florida’s housing pain ranks right up there with the worst of ‘em all.
The Sunshine State’s Housing Misery Index of 62 is second only to Nevada's 73. Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Trulia.com.
Florida joins contraception lawsuit
A multistate challenge has been launched against the Obama administration’s requirement that free contraceptive and related services be provided to employees of religious groups. [Source: Times/Herald]
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