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Nevada surpasses Florida in foreclosures

Nevada posted the nation’s highest foreclosure rate in March, surpassing Florida, according to RealtyTrac Inc. One in 306 homes in Nevada was in some stage of foreclosure last month. The Sunshine State ranked second, with one in 317 homes in the foreclosure process. Florida had the highest rate for six consecutive months. Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and RealtyTrac.

See also:
» South Florida leads nation in foreclosures
» Orlando third in US for March foreclosures
» Florida Foreclosure Cases Get Crazy
» US home repossessions fell in March

How will 'Fleet Week' fare without a fleet?

This year it starts April 29 — but without its heart and centerpiece: the U.S. Navy. Yep, you read that right — we are going to have a fleet less Fleet Week. Due to the federal budget cuts known as sequestration, the U.S. Navy won’t be sending ships. The week isn’t cancelled — there will still be some events to honor military veterans: golf and fishing tournaments, a Miami Marlins game and other events. [Source: Miami Herald]

Voters back paid sick days, distrust lawmakers

Florida residents strongly back laws requiring paid sick time and "living wages" for workers, but they don't trust state lawmakers to handle such issues, a statewide poll finds. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Florida and federal court clash over health privacy laws

In a clash between state and federal powers, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously that a strict federal health privacy law trumps a more lenient, decades-old Florida statute that governs access to health records. The result complicates life for family members, challenges Florida legislators and cheers the state’s nursing home operators, who’ve been caught in the middle of conflicting mandates. [Source: McClatchy]

Gov. Rick Scott signs Internet cafe ban into law

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill to give law enforcement authorities better tools to put an end to illegal gambling devices in strip malls and arcades throughout the state. With no fanfare, the governor signed the bill in the privacy of his office Wednesday when he returned to the Capitol after making a jobs announcement earlier in Lakeland. [Source: Times/Herald]

See also:
» Questions abound over impact of casino gambling
» Lawmakers react to demise of Internet cafes in Florida


› UF researchers show brain’s battle for attention
We’ve all been there: You’re at work deeply immersed in a project when suddenly you start thinking about your weekend plans. It happens because behind the scenes, parts of your brain are battling for control.

› Southwest Florida sales start strong, fueling recovery
Business sales across Southwest Florida started the year strong, as a record-breaking tourism season brought activity to long-battered cash registers.

› Florida House, Senate tussle over control of technology funds
A tug-of-war is looming over how the state of Florida oversees and controls the millions of dollars that are spent each year on technology.

› Speedway Corp. brings 'multicultural' expertise to board
International Speedway Corp. officials have made no secret of their desire to diversify NASCAR's fan base by attracting younger fans and minorities, in part through increased use of social media marketing efforts.

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› Senate adopts key changes to high-school-graduation rules
Florida's high-school-graduation requirements would be altered considerably to make a diploma easier for some students to earn and to encourage more teenagers to gain job skills while in school under a bill the Florida Senate passed Wednesday.

› Boynton Beach office-residential-retail complex gets initial approval
A massive office-residential-retail complex would rise at the empty southeast corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and Federal Highway, according to a proposal that got a conditional green light from city officials.

› Global outposts funnel visitors to Miami
The addition of Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau global marketing representatives over the past couple of years has contributed to record-breaking numbers of Miami-Dade visitors.

› Naples-based company becoming nationally known for coatings products
After years in the decorative coating industry, David Rairick shifted his color scheme to a new palette. Rairick, CEO of Naples-based 360 Coatings, and his six business partners changed from the decorative industry to innovative coatings for commercial, industrial and residential applications.