- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

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CENSUS OFFERS A GLIMPSE OF FLORIDA IN 2013

Floridians became a little better educated last year, were middle-of-the-pack in having access to the Internet and had the nation’s highest concentration of retail workers. The U.S. Census Bureau has released new figures that capture the lives of Floridians last year and how they changed from the previous year. Overall, 2013 wasn’t much different from 2012. Many factors such as the poverty rate, the rate of residents without health insurance and the home vacancy rate remained unchanged.

2 IN KEYS CHARGED WITH $300 MILLION VACATION RENTAL FRAUD

Two people are facing fraud and other charges in the Florida Keys for operating what authorities say was a $300 million vacation rental scheme. Federal prosecutors say Fred Davis Clark Jr. and Cristal Clark committed bank fraud through a company called Cay Clubs Resorts and Marinas, which supposedly specialized in turning dilapidated property into luxury resorts.

PARENTS SUING CENTER FOR DEAF, AUTISTIC CHILDREN

The families of three children who spent time at a school for deaf and autistic students are suing the facility after they say their children experienced neglect and various forms of abuse at the hands of the facilities’ employees. Three separate lawsuits were filed in Duval County this week on behalf of three children against the National Deaf Academy in Mount Dora and operator Universal Health Services Inc.

STEAM BEING USED TO KILL DEADLY CITRUS BACTERIA

A group of University of Florida researchers are using steam in an attempt to kill a deadly citrus disease that’s ravaging the state’s groves. Researchers at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences say they’ve tented and then enveloped trees in 136-degree steam for about 30 seconds in an attempt to kill citrus greening bacteria. Citrus greening is a bacteria spread by a psyllid. The disease begins in the root and starves the tree of nutrients, eventually killing the tree.

FLORIDA CATERPILLAR CAN HARM HUMANS IF TOUCHED

A common, furry-looking caterpillar species prevalent in Florida in the fall can create uncomfortable stings on humans if touched. University of Florida horticulture specialist Prissy Fletcher says the “puss caterpillar” appears furry, but stores toxins in its spine which are excreted if it’s touched. The insect’s venom can create a swelling, burning wound.

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