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Florida and other southern states lead job openings
Florida and other southern states led job openings in July, according to data released Tuesday by the Labor Department. The South had an estimated 1.4 million job openings in July, up from 1.2 million in July 2011. Those numbers were double the openings in the Northeast and West. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Reuters.
» U.S. Department of Labor Report
Digital Domain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Digital Domain Media Group Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning, a move that deepens the embarrassment for state and city officials who offered the movie effects company $135 million in cash, land, financing and tax incentives. The bankruptcy filing could complicate efforts to retrieve public cash from the floundering private company. More at the Palm Beach Post and Reuters.
» Focusing on Florida's Film Future
Retailers' interest in Gainesville heating up
The popular national grocery store chain Trader Joe's is coming to Gainesville. So are Florida-based favorites World of Beer and 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Those are just a few of the area retailers and restaurants to open in the months ahead. More at the Gainesville Sun.
Florida investigates K12, nation’s largest online educator
Florida’s Department of Education has launched an investigation of K12, the nation’s largest online educator, over allegations the company uses uncertified teachers and asked employees to help cover up the practice. Read the full story and see the documents at StateImpact Florida.
COLUMN: Your tax dollars work to help small businesses
Years ago, in the early days of the World Wide Web, I was starting a new Internet-based business. Although I was already an experienced businesswoman, I still needed some help launching my new company. Fortunately, I discovered a Small Business Development Center nearby. These federal-university partnerships exist to help small businesses start and grow. More at Florida Today.
Out of the Box
Do you have a smooth touch with the rough-skinned, big-mouthed inhabitants of Florida's wetlands? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to hear from you. The commission's statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for contracted gator trappers in Palm Beach, Orange, Okaloosa and Pinellas counties. Applicants should have a clean criminal history, a valid email, and preferably, experience handling gators.
» More from Orlando Sentinel
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Report shows majority of Florida hospitals are not complying with the federal price transparency law
At some universities, tenure may become a thing of the past. That could have an economic impact.