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• A number of judicial questions are on the ballot in Florida today. Some ask voters to pick between two candidates up for election to Circuit and County Courts. The others are yes/no questions on merit retention. Read More »
• Metro Orlando’s unemployment rate continues to climb. Today’s report from the state shows it was 6.3 percent in July, up from 5.9 the previous month. That means it’s now higher than the national and state rate of 6.2 percent. Central Florida’s unemployment rate has been rising since April when it was 5.4 percent, but it’s now a full point lower than a year ago. Today’s report also shows the total numbers of jobs in Florida is down from last month but up from July 2013. See the full report at http://lmsresources.labormarketinfo.com/library/press/release.pdf Read More »
• Catching the last SunRail train will soon be easier. Starting August 25, the last SunRail train will run 15 minutes later to accommodate healthcare workers. The northbound line will stop at Orlando Health at 7:37 p.m., instead of 7:22 p.m. It will reach the Florida Hospital at 7:49 p.m. The change is for healthcare workers who work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jody Barry is Florida Hospital’s director of strategic development. He says nurses on that shift need extra time to catch the train. “We have what we call a hand-off period, where the two nurses discuss what’s going on with patients. You know, Mr. Smith has this going on, and Mr. Jones has that going on,” he says. … Read More »
• Osceola County has one of the highest numbers of homeless families in the country, according to a recent report commissioned by county officials. And in an area dominated by the tourism industry, homelessness can present itself in unexpected ways. Many of these families are staying off the streets by squeezing into a room at one of the motels lining US-192, a busy tourist corridor. But now, most of the tourists that come to visit the theme parks nearby stay at the newer hotels on the park’s property. Tension is building between the motel owners, who want their rooms open for thrifty visitors, and the families, who are stuck in a financial position that makes it difficult to save up for … Read More »
• Charlie Crist opened his first gubernatorial campaign office in Orlando on Wednesday. Crist, along with his running mate Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, addressed a crowd of supporters outside the headquarters on education The Crist for Governor campaign office is on the corner of Alafaya and Colonial, just across the street from the University of Central Florida. Crist promised supporters if elected he would increase Bright Future scholarships for state college education. The office sits in State House Representative Joe Saunders’ district and he says the choice to open the offices near the University of Central Florida show the commitment the campaign has to education. “For the Crist campaign to identify this area, my district, a district that has one of the highest … Read More »