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Business
6:30 am
Fri July 5, 2013

The Fairy Tale Of A South Florida Home Buyer

When it comes to real estate in South Florida, we can’t pretend it’s anything other than a seller’s market right now.

Prices are climbing and inventory is tight.

If you’re looking for a home or a condo, you’re competing against plenty of buyers who can pay full price and more, in cash.

Miami Herald Business reporter Karen Burkett tracks a South Florida woman who has been trying to become a first time homeowner for two years.

Market forces compelled Ashley Arends to face the reality of property and neighborhoods that was possible.

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Business
3:22 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

U.S. Businessman Trapped By Chinese Workers Is Freed

American Chip Starnes, co-owner of Specialty Medical Supplies, spoke to the media Tuesday from a window at a factory on the outskirts of Beijing.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 2:49 pm

American businessman Chip Starnes finally left his factory in China on Thursday after he and a union negotiator worked out severance payments for Chinese employees.

Starnes had been stuck inside his medical supply parts factory since last Friday. That's when workers, fearing they were all going to be laid off and that the company wasn't going to compensate them fairly, blocked all of the exits out of the plant. Starnes couldn't get out.

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Education, Health Care
12:16 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Business Group Says Health Care Expansion Threatens Education Funding

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 10:25 am

A business advocacy group is running television ads that say Florida might have to cut education funding if the state expands Medicaid health coverage.

The National Federation of Independent Business has also set up a website — FloridaCanDoBetter.com.

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End of the Line
6:34 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

End Of The Line: Postcard From Alabama Jack’s

Betty Whitten is a regular at Alabama Jack’s. She clogs to the music of the Card Sound Machine Band.
Robert Lyle

If you follow U.S. 1 to the very end of the Florida peninsula, veer onto Card Sound Road, and make your way through the mangrove swamps, you’ll find it.  A wooden shanty with a roof but no walls: an open-air bar and restaurant.  It’s the very last place on the U.S. mainland.  And it’s called Alabama Jack’s.

Under the Sun
4:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Episode 4: Second(hand) Chances

Heather Klinker and Jennifer Rousseau at the Give Good Works thrift store in Wynwood
Sammy Mack

Give Good Works, a Wynwood thrift store and charity, gives your old and gently used items a second chance.  However, the point is to give people a second chance.  Jennifer Rousseau, who works at the store, transformed her life with the help of the shop’s founder Heather Klinker.

“A lot of people would have given up on us girls,” said Rousseau. “Heather didn’t. She kept going. She’s a hero to me. I love her.”

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News
9:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Several Protest David's Cafe On Miami Beach

Carlos Perez said the group will continue protesting until they recoup their wages.
Credit Melissa Sanchez, El Nuevo Herald

David's Café in Miami Beach is a popular campaign stop for politicians. Now, it's become a site for protest.

A group of former workers claims they are owed about $70,000 in unpaid wages from a satellite location that closed in July.

Carlos Perez was among the protestors outside the main restaurant on Collins Avenue in South Beach Tuesday. He claimed its owners offered to pay a fraction of his original wages.

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Agriculture
11:12 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Agriculture Commissioner Says Industry Needs 'Stable, Legal Workforce'

Starfruit inside Sarasota Jungle Gardens
DeusXFlorida/flickr

Immigration and agriculture go hand in hand.

That's what community and business leaders in Tallahassee recently heard from Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

He said immigration reform is vital to the health of the state’s agriculture industry

Putnam told the Economic Club of Florida he is concerned the U.S. is losing business to developing countries that have different standards for hiring farm workers.

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Dispatches From the Swing State
8:15 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Taking The Political Pulse On The Smallest of Small Businesses: A Hot Dog Stand

Tony Grusovnich, 23, is working his way through college at his uncle'a hotdog stand in Palm Coast. Blames Obama for losing federal school loans, dislikes Romney equally.
Patrick Farrell

Flagler County, where Palm Coast is located, has the highest unemployment rate in Florida. 1 in 8 workers there is without a job.

Our Dispatches from the Swing State project passed through Palm Coast yesterday and stopped at a hotdog stand where they met John Sabia.

Sabia works only for tips at Hot Diggity Dog. He’s helping out the owner who happens to be his son.

Sabia says when Palm Coast was booming, the hotdog stand had a line for hours and US1 was backed up with traffic.


But then, the collapse.

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Broward Ranks First Among Florida Counties
5:02 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Florida Leads The U.S. In Foreclosures

Florida is number one when it comes to foreclosures. This is the first time since 2005 that Florida has held the top spot.

The rankings for September are based on figures released Thursday by RealtyTrac.

Within the state, Broward County has the highest percentage of homes going through the foreclosure process.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Citizens Hikes Rates And Jettisons Thousands Of Policyholders

Damage from Hurricane Andrew in South Miami, 1992.
HAM guy/flickr

The effort to shrink the number of homes insured by the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance is accelerating into high gear.

The Office of Insurance Regulation approved the company’s rate hike request this week.

At the same time, more than 200,000 Citizens customers are being contacted by private insurance companies that want their business.

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Real Estate
9:13 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Palm Beach County’s Middle Class Still Waiting For Promised “Workforce Housing”

Flickr/Dean Terry

A controversial agreement between Palm Beach County and developers is finally producing reduced-price homes for low- to middle-income families.

It’s just not happening fast enough.

In 2006, at the height of South Florida’s building boom, the county decided to set aside affordable housing for its workforce.  So it struck what sounded like a sweet deal for developers: they could build more houses than usual within certain areas, provided they knock down some prices. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

U-Mass Economics Professor Richard Woolf & Democracy At Work

09/18/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents discusses the future of 21st Century democracy and capitalism, with University of Massachusetts professor emeritus and author Richard Woolf. For more than 25 years, he’s developed a new approach for an economy aimed at promoting “workers’ self-directed enterprises.” There have been success stories for these small capitalist endeavors worldwide and in progressive US companies.  His book is Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism.  

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

The End of Men: And the Rise of Women

09/11/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with journalist Hanna Rosin, and her book, The End Of Men: And The Rise Of Women. This year, women became a majority of the American workforce for the first time in history. Most managers are now women, and of today’s college graduates women outnumber men. Rosin suggests that modern post-industrial society is more congenial for the success of women. 

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