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August 17, 2018

Wednesday's Afternoon Update

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Fearing court action, Rick Scott calls emergency meeting of clemency board

Confronted with a federal judge's looming deadline, Florida Gov. Rick Scott called an extraordinary late-night meeting of top state officials Wednesday to decide what to do about the state's process for restoring voting rights to former prisoners. More from the Tampa Bay Times, WLRN, and the AP.

How a Florida Supreme Court case could affect attorney pay

A Florida Supreme Court case that could affect attorney income is getting widespread attention and attracting participation from firms not involved in the litigation. Twelve firms and legal aid groups have weighed in with amicus briefs in Marie Ann Glass v. Nationstar Mortgage et al., which centers on the power to charge legal fees in mortgage foreclosures. Most observers say this case could have far-reaching implications on contract law, affecting any deals involving assets assigned from one owner to the next. More from the Daily Business Review.

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Miami-Dade County jobs rise in key spots even as joblessness grows

Mixed Miami-Dade County job figures for March saw unemployment rise from 4.6% in February to 5%, but at the same time several job categories showed strong job gains. The number of unemployed persons in the month for the county hit 68,500, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, up from 64,900 in February. More from Miami Today.

Tupperware sales 'soft' in first quarter, income down

Tupperware’s had a 2 percent drop in sales in the first quarter of 2018, in line with projections from earlier this month. Kissimmee-based Tupperware Brands Inc., has been struggling with unexpected difficulties in closing a French factory. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

North Venice manufacturer expanding Florida operations

North Venice’s PGT Innovations, which manufactures impact-resistant doors and windows, recently opened two new facilities in the Miami area. The first is designed to produce residential impact-resistant products and the second produces CGI Commercial impact-resistant products. More from Sarasota Magazine.

Miami researchers find key clue to hurricane intensification

 Hurricanes in favorable conditions predictably intensify. But sometimes, like Harvey, Irma and Maria did last year, they mutate abruptly, becoming even more dangerous with little warning.

» More from the Miami Herald.


Workplace Wellness
Florida companies offer perks for walkers and bikers

floridaAs Americans become more health and environmentally conscious, while also trying to save a few dollars at the pump, many have turned to cycling or walking instead of driving to the office. Companies in Florida, and across the nation, have caught the hint as well. Some have even launched programs offering incentives to employees who choose to ditch their cars, and walk or bike instead.

» Read more from the Palm Beach Post.

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