5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 8

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm •  Published: August 7, 2014
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FLORIDA LAWMAKERS START REDISTRICTING SESSION

Florida lawmakers are kicking off a special session to draw a new map for the state's 27 congressional districts. The session started at noon on Thursday and could run for nine days although there are signs that the Republican-controlled Legislature could wrap it up sooner.

FORECASTERS EXPECT SLOWER ATLANTIC STORM SEASAON

Federal forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season will be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects three to six hurricanes to form during the six-month season that peaks between mid-August and mid-October. Officials dropped the number of named storms to between seven and 12 in an updated hurricane season forecast issued Thursday.

FLORIDA CONSUMER SPENDING HIGHER THAN PRE-RECESSION

Three years after the Great Recession officially ended, consumer spending by Floridians had surpassed the pre-recession high, but Florida lagged slightly behind the rest of the nation in spending growth. State-level figures released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show that per capita consumer spending in 2012 grew 3.1 percent over the previous year in Florida.

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