Washington remained the top question mark as business executives mapped out the economic landscape for 2013. Severe budget cuts are set to begin in March if the White House and Congress can’t reach a broader deal on deficit reduction, while the nation’s borrowing power will again hit a cap in May. Each dispute has the potential to become a debacle for the national economy, which otherwise seems poised for a good year. [Source: Miami Herald]
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› Florida's top elections official calls for more early voting [Orlando Sentinel]
Combating the impression that Florida botched the 2012 elections, Secretary of State Ken Detzner issued recommendations Monday to add more days and locations to vote early and to impose word-limits on lawmakers' ballot questions.
› Fewer felons are re-offending in Florida [WJHG]
Landing a job can be the difference between a life of crime and a future on the right side of the law. That's why the state is constantly improving its work release program. "The drop in recidivism means every Florida taxpayer is saving money,” said Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews. At a news conference Monday, Crews announced the the recidivism rate has fallen from 33% to 27%.
› 'Pieces of history' still soar at Opa Locka airport [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
It's where old planes come to roost. Opa-Locka Executive Airport is home to about a dozen large propeller planes, such as Douglas DC-3s and Convair 340s, planes that originally flew for the airlines or the military in the 1940s and 1950s.
› Development board teams with Glades leaders to recruit businesses [Palm Beach Post]
The Glades region, long an afterthought in Palm Beach County’s business community, is getting new attention from economic developers. The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County has opened an office in Belle Glade to market the region to manufacturers and distributors.
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› Social media at center of marketing, public relations campaigns in South Florida [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Just how pivotal social media is to successful and impactful marketing public relations campaigns was illustrated in this year's 2013 Bernays Awards presented by The Gold Coast PR Council.
› Florida Prepaid College program deadline extended [First Coast News]
If you want to apply for a Florida Prepaid College program, we've got good news. The Florida Prepaid College board has extended the online application deadline to buy a prepaid college plan.
› Urban League confirms Lauderdale as 2015 host city [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
For the past decade, the National Urban League has held its mid-winter training conference in Fort Lauderdale. But South Florida was not on the radar to a host its national conference -- until about three years ago.
› Some private schools can give FCAT next year [Orlando Sentinel]
Thanks to a new state law, private schools that take part in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program — a voucher program for low-income kids — can give their students the FCAT (or state end-of-course exams), if they want. So far, they aren’t exactly tripping over themselves to get those testing applications filed.