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Home prices rise, but housing market softens

South Florida's housing market continued to cool down in December, with prices still rising, but at a slower pace than earlier in the year. Industry experts say the moderation in prices is necessary to prevent the market from overheating again. More at the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

See also:
» Upbeat note for home sales
» Home prices continue to level off
» Median sale price of existing home in Tampa Bay up 16.2 percent
» South Florida home prices up again in December
» Miami Real Estate Sales and Prices Rise in December

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Charitable giving grows faster in Florida than rest of U.S.

Charitable giving jumped 15.8 percent in Florida in 2013, outpacing the 13.3 percent national increase in charitable giving reported by the Atlas of Giving. Florida had one of the largest percentage increases in the United States in charitable giving, lagging only New York and Pennsylvania. [Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal]

Latino groups to launch massive voter registration

Fewer than half of adult Latino citizens voted in the 2012 presidential elections, according to the U.S. Census, and that has prompted two national Latino organizations to step up voter registration efforts this year, months ahead of the 2014 elections. [Source: AP]

What states are doing to close the gender pay gap

The reason for the differences, experts say, is a complicated and sometimes contradictory set of conditions, ranging from the states’ dominant industries to labor union status and the percentage of workers earning the minimum wage. And they caution that the gender gap number doesn’t tell the whole story. [Source: Stateline]

Cuba Pushes Ahead With Oil Drilling, But U.S. Fears Potential Spills Reaching Florida

Despite repeated failed efforts to find oil, the Cuban government has pledged to resume offshore drilling in the deep waters of the Florida Straits, raising concerns in the U.S. about the threat of environmental damage along Florida’s coastline. More at FOX News Latino and WUSF.


› Jabil sees growth beyond electronics
Jabil Circuit, long one of Tampa Bay's biggest public companies, keeps broadening its horizons. The $18 billion powerhouse with 175,000 employees worldwide wants to be thought of as much more than an electronics manufacturer.

Kentucky Derby trail heats up in Florida
The road to the Kentucky Derby warms up this weekend in Florida while other big-money races are scattered around the country.

› Three Miami-Dade hotels claim five-star status
Three Miami-Dade hotels have something — or five things — to brag about. On Wednesday, Forbes Travel Guide announced its 2014 Star Award winners, and three hotels were on the five-star list.

› Program to integrate psychiatry and spirituality
An innovative fellowship at the Samaritan Counseling Services of Gulf Coast will allow a psychiatric student the first opportunity to specialize in therapy that explores how faith intersects with traditional mental health services.

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› Tempe, Orlando in the running for large Deloitte office
New York-based Deloitte has narrowed its search for a new home for the company's IT operations to Tempe and Orlando, Fla., real estate sources said.

› $4 million donation is largest in UCF Athletics history
The University of Central Florida's athletics program received the largest charitable gift in its history today: A $4 million infusion toward the school's planned athlete leadership program.

› Penske: Tampa/Sarasota No. 2 moving destination
In 2013, the combined Tampa/Sarasota market was the second highest destination for movers using Penske trucks behind Atlanta, according to a list compiled by the truck rental business.

› To build soccer stadium, Orlando will condemn church
After failed negotiations to buy a small family-owned church in Parramore that stands in the way of a new Major League Soccer stadium, City Hall plans to condemn the building.