February 1, 2015

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U.S. Fourth Quarter Economic Growth Lower than Expected

The economy in the U.S. expanded at a slower pace than forecast in the fourth quarter as cooling business investment, a slump in government outlays and a widening trade gap took some of the luster off the biggest gain in consumer spending in almost nine years. More from Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg.


How to plan for your employees' Super Bowl sick days

Last year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans chose not to go to work on the Monday after the Super Bowl, while another 4.4 million came in late. Popular sick days such as this one can have a serious impact on a company's bottom line. More from Inc.


Simulation report bodes well for Orlando

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The Crafted Keg in the south Florida city of Stuart sells about 60 kinds of beer by the glass, but as a refill station it also sells to consumers who bring in resealable “growlers” that hold a quart or gallon. Now the Crafted Keg is suing to have the state ban on growlers overturned.

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The military continues to move toward simulations and away from live-action training as a way of saving money, according to a report released Thursday that should encourage regions such as Central Florida that boast a strong simulation industry, entrepreneurs say. More at the Orlando Sentinel.


Florida Realtors announces new CEO

Bill Martin, CEO of Michigan Realtors, is joining Orlando-based Florida Realtors as its new CEO effective March 23. Martin has been CEO of the Michigan association for the past 14 years. More at the Orlando Business Journal.


Rock python may hold clues in Florida about invasive snakes

A sister species to the Burmese, the Northern African or rock python has gotten a toe-hold in a six-square mile area west of Miami. Unlike the Burmese, rock pythons have so far stayed put since first appearing in 2001. More at the Miami Herald.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
Week 3: Traversing Florida's Nature Coast

florida wildlife During Week 3, the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team arrived at Florida's Nature Coast. According to team member Joe Guthrie, the Nature Coast is a place where "the loss of habitat and the impact of highways has left a small population of Florida black bears stranded in a shrinking envelope of habitat, squeezed between the Gulf salt marshes to the west and big roads and strip malls to the east. This is where we find the Chassahowitzka black bear." Read more and see a photo gallery...

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