January 16, 2019

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What you need to know about Florida today

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When it comes to income inequality, Florida is one of the worst states

America is heading for a level of income inequality that hasn't been seen since 1928 -- yet the richest residents in five states and 30 cities have already surpassed that threshold, according to a new study. New York, Florida, and Connecticut top the list of most unequal states. The Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island area and also Key West were among the top 5 most unequal metro areas in the nation. See the study from the Economic Policy Institute, here. Also read more at WIVB and 24/7 Wall Street.

Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers make Forbes’ top sports franchises list

The NFL is still the dominant, most financiallly valuable sport in the world. Florida's three NFL teams placed in the top 50 on Forbes' list of 50 most valuable sports teams in the world. Here is how the teams ranked.

25. Miami Dolphins, $2.575 billion, 8% (NFL)
45. Jacksonville Jaguars, $2.075 billion, 6% (NFL)
49. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $1.975 billion, 10% (NFL)

See also:
» Jaguars worth $2.075 billion, rank 45th on Forbes’ annual valuation rankings

Are the fish in Florida's waters polluted with toxic algae safe to eat?

Two scientists looking at toxic algae's long-term effects on people say ditch the fish caught in waters contaminated with cyanobacteria. Rain, heat and pollutants have caused the outbreak of toxic algae blooms this summer in South Florida's Lake Okeechobee and other waterways linked to it, more than 1,000 square miles of fish-filled fresh water. More from USA Today and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Orlando job fair to feature dozens of employers from several industries

An Orlando job fair next week will give workers a chance to find employment opportunities in fields including education, healthcare, technology and more. Tuesday, CareerSource Central Florida will partner with Job News USA to host a job fair featuring dozens of employers. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

See also:
» Florida unemployment remains at 3.8 percent in June
» Florida added nearly 17,000 new jobs in June

Neil Armstrong keepsakes headed to auction after stop in Sarasota

Armstrong, who died in August 2012 at age 82, never talked about his collection of space memorabilia tucked into the time capsule he created when he closed the door on public life. The artifacts from his lunar landing and private mementos remained out of view — until now. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Legal Column
Tips for avoiding headlines and legal landmines

 Hollywood scandals have captured the headlines over the last few months relating to sexual harassment. Business owners and managers are focusing on the important issue of how to deal with harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The following actions can help organizations prevent inappropriate conduct. [Sponsored report]

» Full column here.


Florida Wildlife
Two endangered butterflies to be reintroduced to Florida Keys

floridaTwo endangered butterflies will be reintroduced to the Florida Keys next week, improving prospects for species once thought to be one hurricane away from extinction. Scientists will release hundreds of caterpillars of Schaus’ swallowtail butterfly, a species that suffered a severe decline as its South Florida hardwood forest habitat was destroyed to clear land for farms and cities.

» Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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