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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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The Real Estate Minute: Importance of First Impressions

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Many of you are familiar with the expression, "you never get a second chance to make a good first impression". Certainly that is true when it comes to selling your home, and you don't have to spend thousands of dollars landscaping.

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Business Tax Increase to Pay Unemployed

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Business owners will soon be paying more to help keep up with the cost of double digit unemployment. With 10.2 percent of Florida’s workforce looking for jobs the state is burning through money to pay unemployment claims. The state will borrow money from the federal government and raise business taxes to keep money flowing to qualified job seekers.

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Exercise Smart Utility Use

Posted: 06/19/2009 - The area has been hit with high temperatures lately-- and that often goes hand in hand with high utility bills. To help people stay cool and keep the costs down, City of Tallahassee Utilities have provided some helpful tips.

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Florida Seeks to Grow High Tech Businesses

Posted: 06/19/2009 - State lawmakers authorized the state pension fund to use up to two billion dollars for investment in companies here in Florida or ready to move here. The bill was enacted in 2008,and the first 250 million dollars is ready to be invested in companies who will create and attract high tech jobs.

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Vance Smith to Head Georgia Dept. of Transportation

Updated: 06/18/2009 - The Georgia Department of Transportation has a new commissioner. Vance Smith will be taking over after former commissioner Gena Evans was ousted following allegations of ethics violations.

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Greater Demand for Free Food

Posted: 06/18/2009 - An increasing number of kids are turning to schools and charities for meals. 600 million federal dollars have been spent to feed kids in Florida though the National School Lunch Program. The state will need 62 million more to keep up with the demand.

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Clean Energy Jobs Take Off

Posted: 06/15/2009 - A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts reports that clean energy jobs have made a drastic rise across the nation, beating out total job growth percentages.

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The Real Estate Minute: Understanding Your Credit

Updated: 06/15/2009 - If you are thinking about buying a house.. then it's also important that you think about your credit history. How well you have handled your credit obligations in the past is of utmost importance to lenders today.

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