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Florida Foreclosure Prevention Programs

Posted: 07/28/2009 - A four million dollar settlement with defunct mortgage lender CountryWide will be used to hire legal aid lawyers to help fight foreclosures in Florida. And the cash couldn’t come at a better time.

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Stimulus Dollars Cure Summer Time Blues

Posted: 07/20/2009 - Some Florida businesses are getting free summer help. 43 million federal stimulus dollars are being spent in Florida to create summer jobs for students. Now many traditional summer jobs are being filled by unemployed adults making it harder for high school and college students to find work.

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Stimulus Dollars Flood Energy Offices

Posted: 07/15/2009 - Florida is receiving 175 million federal stimulus dollars to make homes more energy efficient. The money will be distributed through nonprofit groups and as Whitney Ray tells us, there are concerns about the state’s ability to keep track of that much cash.

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Tallahassee Uses Grease to Power its Fleet

Posted: 07/09/2009 - It's summertime, which these days means more than just high temperatures. The price of gas is on the rise, and it's putting a strain on local governments. Thank goodness for cooking oil. One Florida city is turning grease into oil.

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Florida Businesses Say “No More Prisons”

Posted: 07/08/2009 - Wednesday morning began with 100,552 inmates locked up in Florida prisons. The state also has or will soon have 11 thousand more beds under construction at a cost of almost a billion dollars. Now Florida’s major business groups are saying enough is enough.

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Faith-Based Corrections Programs

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Facing billions of dollars in construction costs for new prisons, the state is trying to reduce recidivism at Wakulla Correctional Institute south of Tallahassee. Part of what makes this prison different is that every inmate volunteered to be here.

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The Real Estate Minute: Renting vs. Buying

Posted: 07/06/2009 - Home ownership is the greatest of American dreams for most people, but the cost of owning a home has turned into a nightmare for millions. Gary Bartlett takes a closer look at some of the reasons why and how you can avoid becoming a statistic.

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Marianna Troops Prepare to Deploy to Iraq

Posted: 07/06/2009 - A community is saying goodbye to some of it's own today. About 70 local soldiers are preparing to deploy to Iraq to defend the freedom Americans celebrated this weekend.

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Ernie Sims Big HITS Foundation

Updated: 07/06/2009 - Ernie Sims III created the Big HITS Foundation in 2008 to hlep disadvantaged you and young adults in his hometown community.

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Dangerous Fireworks

Posted: 07/02/2009 - Except for sparklers, most fireworks are illegal in Florida, but a loophole allows the sale of firecrackers, bottle rockets and roman candles at roadside stands. But revelers beware--they may be tempting, but they'll still get you in trouble.

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Emotional Bias and Investing

Posted: 07/01/2009 - The down economy has many worried about their finances and their investments, but you should also know the lingo that goes along with the financial world. Here's a few that may make you more financially savvy.

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161 New Laws in Florida

Updated: 06/29/2009 - 161 new laws go into effect in Florida on July 1st. They include higher tuition, drivers license fees, and a dollar increase for a pack of cigarettes. In addition to digging into you pocket, state government might also save you some money.

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Florida Hopes to Reel in More Movies

Posted: 06/26/2009 - The sunshine state has gone Hollywood. As recently as last year, Florida was ranked as the nation's third-largest film producing state. But, state leaders say...We're slipping. And today, they're announcing a new drive to keep the film rolling.

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Hometown Democracy Amendment Battle Heats Up

Posted: 06/23/2009 - An amendment giving voters the final say-so on changes to city and county comprehensive plans is headed to the 2010 Ballot. Florida’s Secretary of State certified the Hometown Democracy amendment. Opponents of Amendment Four say it will stifle growth and deepen the state’s economic woes.

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