economy http://blog.wlrn.org en North American Bitcoin Conference Comes To Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/north-american-bitcoin-conference-comes-miami <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bitcoin users from around the world attended this year's North American </span>Bitcoin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Conference this past weekend at the Miami Beach Convention Center.</span></p><p>Moe Levin, who organized the conference, says attendance exceeded his expectations.</p><p>"I was expecting 800 people and now there are 1,200," Levin said. "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It [was] a hugely successful&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bitcoin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;conference."</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:56 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 27039 at http://blog.wlrn.org North American Bitcoin Conference Comes To Miami WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Jan. 6-10 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wlrns-five-most-popular-stories-jan-6-10 <p>This week's top attention-grabbing&nbsp; stories include:&nbsp; A proposal to add a Satanic statue in the Oklahoma Capitol, a Vero Beach company employing all-day surveillance of company smartphones and computers,&nbsp; a free trolley giving locals access to Biscayne and Everglades national parks, and more.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:53:45 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 26430 at http://blog.wlrn.org WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Jan. 6-10 A Soft — And Prosperous — Landing For Cubans Is In The U.S.'s Interest http://blog.wlrn.org/post/soft-and-prosperous-landing-cubans-uss-interest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are two basic realities about Cuba’s communist dictatorship that U.S. policy, and the anti-Castro </span>hardliners<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that shape it, prefer to ignore. The first is that the Castro brothers will almost certainly die in power. The second is that market-oriented economic reforms, albeit tentative, are as much a part of Cuba’s landscape today as 1956 Chevrolets.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:22:25 +0000 Tim Padgett 23307 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Soft — And Prosperous — Landing For Cubans Is In The U.S.'s Interest Does The Governor Deserve Credit For The Economy? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/does-governor-deserve-credit-economy <p>On The Florida Roundup, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e take a special look at the economy. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Employment, tourism and real estate numbers suggest a recovery.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ll examine whether </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Scott’s “it’s working” motto</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"> is</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;actually working -- for him.</span></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 14166 at http://blog.wlrn.org Does The Governor Deserve Credit For The Economy? What You Should Know From This Week's South Florida News: Dueling Governors And Dolphins Stadium http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-you-should-know-weeks-south-florida-news-dueling-governors-and-dolphins-stadium <p></p><p>On The Florida Roundup, here are some of the items on our rundown:</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 11620 at http://blog.wlrn.org What You Should Know From This Week's South Florida News: Dueling Governors And Dolphins Stadium Humidity Will Worsen With Climate Change And With It, Worker Productivity http://blog.wlrn.org/post/humidity-will-worsen-climate-change-and-it-worker-productivity <p>Anyone who has tried to tend a garden or walk the dog in the height of a South Florida summer understands the energy-zapping qualities of a heat and humidity combo. A recently released study reports that climate change will mean an increase in those sticky, sweaty days.</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:31:27 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 10077 at http://blog.wlrn.org Humidity Will Worsen With Climate Change And With It, Worker Productivity Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-good-people-can-t-get-jobs <p>02/26/13 -&nbsp; Tuesday's&nbsp; <strong>Topical Currents</strong> is with human resource expert and <strong><a href="https://mgmt.wharton.upenn.edu/profile/1307/">Wharton Business School </a></strong>professor Peter Cappelli.&nbsp; Conventional wisdom says that our educational system fails the economy . . . Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 9991 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs Economic Disaster http://blog.wlrn.org/post/economic-disaster <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">02/19/13 - Tuesday's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Topical Currents </strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is with Princeton University economics professor and </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Wall Street Journal</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> columnist </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.princeton.edu/~blinder/">Alan Blinder</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How did the worst economic disaster in post-war American history occur? &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The US financial system, he says, was far too complex and unregulated for the public good. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Blinder has written&nbsp; </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://amzn.to/ZndzvE"><em style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">AFTER THE MUSIC STOPPED:&nbsp; The Financial Crisis, the Response and the Work Ahead</em></a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp; Links<strong>&nbsp;</strong></span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.princeton.edu/~blinder/"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">http://www.princeton.edu/~blinder/</span></a></strong></p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 9577 at http://blog.wlrn.org Economic Disaster A Lull Until New Year's? Not So These Days http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lull-until-new-years-not-so-these-days Time was, the stretch following Christmas Day until New Year's Day was a quiet, sleepy spot on the American calendar. The six-day span hung like a lazy hammock between the holidays.<p>Not anymore.<p>Nowadays, the WAC — Week After Christmas — is busy and abuzzing. All around the country, Americans continue to celebrate — Kwanzaa, the Christmas afterglow and the coming New Year.<p>It's a mashup week that morphs from cozy fires to fireworks, from prayer books to party hats, from holly berries to hangovers. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:17:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 6855 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Lull Until New Year's? Not So These Days Drop In Consumer Confidence Doesn't Keep Floridians From Spending http://blog.wlrn.org/post/drop-consumer-confidence-doesnt-keep-floridians-spending <p>Consumer confidence in Florida dropped this month, but retailers were busy over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&amp;op=viewlive&amp;sp_id=1462">National Retail Federation</a> says more people went shopping on Black Friday this year than ever before.</p><p>University of Central Florida <a href="http://iec.ucf.edu/page/About-Dr-Snaith.aspx">Economist Sean Snaith</a> says shoppers may just be more budget conscious and eager to take advantage of big sales.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:15:42 +0000 Gina Jordan 5488 at http://blog.wlrn.org Drop In Consumer Confidence Doesn't Keep Floridians From Spending NEWSCAST: Black Friday Draws Thousands Out On Thanksgiving http://blog.wlrn.org/post/newscast-black-friday-draws-thousands-out-thanksgiving <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Hitting the malls on Thanksgiving night is becoming more common in South Florida. Stores are offering more than sales to entice shoppers away from the dinner table.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Details from WLRN-Miami Herald News.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:50:27 +0000 Arianna Prothero 5192 at http://blog.wlrn.org NEWSCAST: Black Friday Draws Thousands Out On Thanksgiving It's Legal To Sell Marijuana In Washington. But Try Telling That To A Bank. http://blog.wlrn.org/post/its-legal-sell-marijuana-washington-try-telling-bank Voters in Washington and Colorado just approved measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use. But businesses that want to sell marijuana in those states will face a problem: No bank wants to do business with them.<p>I called several banks in Washington. I called a local credit union, a tiny bank in the San Juan islands. Everybody said basically the same thing. Even if selling marijuana is legal under state law, it's still illegal under federal law. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:31:38 +0000 editor 4775 at http://blog.wlrn.org It's Legal To Sell Marijuana In Washington. But Try Telling That To A Bank. One In Five Floridians On Food Stamps http://blog.wlrn.org/post/one-five-floridians-food-stamps <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">One in five Floridians - about 3.6 million - is receiving food stamp benefits and the number is rising in South Florida, according to new data released by the state..</span></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:53:35 +0000 Kenny Malone 4745 at http://blog.wlrn.org One In Five Floridians On Food Stamps Florida Jobs Numbers Improve Slightly http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-jobs-numbers-improve-slightly <p>The September jobs numbers are out for Florida and the news is somewhat better statewide. Seasonally adjusted, unemployment dropped to 8.7 percent which is down 0.1 percentage point from August.</p><div> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:32:07 +0000 WLRN MIAMI HERALD NEWS 3198 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Jobs Numbers Improve Slightly Analyst: Rick Scott Begins Unofficial Reelection Bid With Focus On Teachers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/analyst-rick-scott-begins-unofficial-reelection-bid-focus-teachers <p>Gov. Rick Scott is trying to appease educators.</p><p>They didn’t like it when he chopped $1.3 billion in education funding from the state budget.</p><p>They liked it even less when he called for an expansion of charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools.</p><p>So, while most people are focused on the November ballot, USF Political Scientist Seth McKee says Scott appears to be ramping up his 2014 reelection campaign by extending an olive branch to teachers.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 22:15:31 +0000 Gina Jordan 3068 at http://blog.wlrn.org Analyst: Rick Scott Begins Unofficial Reelection Bid With Focus On Teachers