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Good news about housing and stocks lifts Florida’s consumer confidence

Published: Aug 25th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rising housing prices, stock market gains and the lack of any new setbacks in the national economy boosted Florida’s consumer confidence three points to 70 this month, according to a new University of Florida survey.

New grape variety is disease resistant and good to eat, IFAS researcher says

New grape variety is disease resistant and good to eat, IFAS researcher says

Published: Aug 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Southern Jewel, the latest grape variety issued by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is high-yielding, disease resistant and produces fruit in big bunches.

Study: 1 in 5 drinkers is underage, drinks more and stays later at bar

Published: Aug 19th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As many as one in five alcohol-consuming customers in bars is underage, and underage patrons tend to stay later at night, according to a new University of Florida study.

Recession causes Florida’s population to drop for first time since 1946

Published: Aug 18th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s economic slump has pulled down the state’s population, which declined for the first time since military personnel left the state after the end of World War II, according to the latest preliminary population estimates from the University of Florida.

New UF-housed wildfire ‘strike team’ teaches safe burning techniques

Published: Aug 12th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When it comes to fighting fires, it’s usually the guy with the hose that gets all the hero worship. But as ever-increasing temperatures and droughts bring a greater threat from wildfires, sometimes it’s the guy with a torch who can do the most good.

Job market key to Florida real estate market resurgence, study shows

Published: Aug 11th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida real estate won’t rebound until the job market improves, but investor confidence in the outlook for business and availability of money are reasons for cautious optimism, according to the latest University of Florida survey.