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Texas Professor Professor Who Led Fracking Study Faces Scrutiny
A University of Texas at Austin professor came under scrutiny yesterday after revelations that he did not disclose significant financial ties to a drilling company while leading an academic study of hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”). StateImpact
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Better opportunities drawing entrepreneurs from Florida
Belmont Heights raised a star. From one of Tampa's most blighted neighborhoods, Garrett Johnson triumphed with a tremendous success story. He became a champion shot-putter for Florida State University. A Rhodes Scholar. An almost-Olympian. A congressional staffer. But when Johnson, 28, abandoned Harvard Law School last year in search of a place to launch a tech start-up, Tampa wasn't ready to win him back. The city "has potential," he says, but that wasn't enough. Tampa Tribune
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Temporary hiring slacks in South Florida
June saw Miami-Dade’s slowest growth in the temporary-hire category since June 2010, adding just 900 payroll positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s far less than the 3,000 or 4,000 positions added in that category during the start of 2012. Temporary hiring can be a leading indicator for recoveries and downturns because “temps” are often used when sales increase but companies don’t feel confident enough to make permanent hires. In Broward, temporary hiring began contracting in December after growing for most of 2011. The decline in temporary jobs was followed five months later by Broward’s first drop in overall hiring, with a net loss of 1,600 payroll positions. June saw a tiny decline of 400 jobs overall. It was the first back-to-back job decline for Broward since Sept. 2012. Miami Herald
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SW Florida economic surge comes to end
Southwest Florida is evidencing the same soft economic growth that is worrying economists and policy makers and that could spur action by the Federal Reserve. Uncertainties linked to the presidential election, the so-called "fiscal cliff," the economic crisis in the European Union and rising gas prices slowed the national economy, and this region was apparently no different. Sarasota Herald Tribune
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Gangster Style: Former Al Capone Estate for Sale in Miami
It’s about as far from his Windy City stomping grounds as you can get. But you can get all of Al Capone’s storied mobster mentality — with a touch of whitewash — inside his newly-for-sale Miami Beach estate. For $9.95 million, the beachy 1922 estate — originally built for brewer Clarence Busch of Anheuser-Busch brewery fame and sold to Capone in 1928 — and one of the “oldest original homes in Miami Beach,” according to the official listing, is set to change hands once again. TIME
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Republican Admits GOP May Be Left With No Choice
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) signaled Tuesday that Republican lawmakers may be left with no choice but to accept a deficit reduction deal that includes new revenues as the country approaches the "fiscal cliff." Huffington Post
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Alabama scientists, agencies seek role in spending of BP fines
MOBILE, Alabama -- Though it may be years before most of the environmental restoration funds related to the BP oil spill become available, scientists and local environmental groups in Alabama are in general agreement about where to spend the money. Mobile Press-Register
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How should Restore Act money be spent?
BILOXI, MS-- Beth Jowers enjoys her early morning beach walk. Looking out over the beauty of the water, she wants Restore Act money to keep it that way. "I'd like to see the beachfront maintained really well. I'd like flowers, trees, anything that has to do with restoring the fishing. I would like that to be done," Jowers said. "Just make everything look very pretty and tourism worthy." Willie Eichelberger tried his luck at reeling at a big one. Where does he think the money should go? wlox.com
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Hidden in New Highways Bill, ‘Stealth Attack’ Stuns Ship Unions, Threatens 2,000 Jobs
Unions representing the crewmembers aboard U.S.-flag cargo ships are reeling from a stunning setback in Congress that threatens to idle as many as 16 vessels and eliminate up to 2,000 maritime jobs. InTheseTimes.com
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South Carolina to receive $1.2B in federal highway funds
The new federal highway bill passed by Congress earlier this month allocates $1.2 billion over the next two years to South Carolina for an assortment of projects — including widening a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 26. Overall, the bill called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, offers state transportation planners more certainty about how much money is coming down from Washington, D.C. For the past year, states have had to deal with stopgap funding measures offered by congressional resolutions. Charlotte Business Journal
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