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According to Survey, Number of Workers Living Paycheck to Paycheck at Pre-Recession Levels

According to Survey, Number of Workers Living Paycheck to Paycheck at Pre-Recession Levels

As the U.S. keeps a close eye on the stock market; CareerBuilder’s survey shows the financial situation for some households is improving. Forty-two percent of workers say they usually or always live paycheck to paycheck, an improvement from 43 percent in 2010 and in line with levels seen back in 2007. The number of workers who have missed a bill payment has decreased year-over-year; one-in-five (20 percent) say they have missed payments on bills in the last year, slightly improved from 22 percent at this time last year. This is according to a new nationwide survey of more than 5,200 workers by CareerBuilder that was conducted from May 18 to June 3, 2011.

TOMORROW: The Avenues will host a Back to School Expo

The Avenues will host a Back to School Expo on Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  The afternoon will showcase more than 30 vendors, fashion shows, live music and entertainment, bounce houses and much more!

Academy Sports + Outdoors Fully Stocked for Florida's Tax-Free Weekend

Academy Sports + Outdoors Fully Stocked for Florida's Tax-Free Weekend

Academy Sports + Outdoors is fully stocked with back-to-school apparel, backpacks and kids footwear for Florida’s tax-free weekend Aug. 12 through 14. Nearly all items we carry  will meet the state's limit on individual items being under $75 thanks to our everyday low prices. Academy’s apparel line caters to elementary through high school students, and our selection will help kids and parents begin this school year in style at the best price.

Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday runs this weekend

Shoppers prepare to swipe your debit cards.

Florida's sales tax holiday starts Friday at one minute after midnight and lasts through Sunday.

The three-day back-to-school tax holiday eliminates state and local taxes on more than 130 items, including certain clothes, footwear and backpacks costing $75 or less.

Carnival Adds More Four & Five-day Cruises Out of Jacksonville

Carnival Adds More Four & Five-day Cruises Out of Jacksonville

Carnival Cruise Lines canceled its seven-day sailings out of Jacksonville this year, opting instead to add more shorter cruises from the Florida port.

According to a Carnival spokesman, the line announced a short series of seven-day cruises on the 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination, to complement the ship's year-round, four- and five-day cruises from Jacksonville.

Hookah Bar Sued for Serving Minor Involved in Fatal Accident

Hookah Bar Sued for Serving Minor Involved in Fatal Accident

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ali Baba, a Jacksonville hookah bar, is being sued for serving an underage drinker who was involved in fatal car accident.

The crash happened just after midnight November 14, 2010.  Maida Sy, 19, had a 12:30 a.m. curfew.  Maida was on her way home and only minutes away when her car was hit, and she was killed.

Police arrested 20-year-old Robert Tofson.  He is charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.   

"Somebody knock(ed) on our door at four o'clock in the morning and the horrible thing is it's the policeman," said Nida Sy, Maida's mother.

Sy said her daughter was her best friend.  She said the 2010 Sandalwood High School graduate had big plans for her life.  She was studying to be a pharmacist.

Levy Jewelers Celebrates New Facebook Fan Page with Giveaway

Levy Jewelers Celebrates New Facebook Fan Page with Giveaway

Levy Jewelers Jacksonville has launched a brand new Facebook Fan Page (www.facebook.com/LevyJewelersJax). To celebrate the new Fan Page, Levy Jewelers is giving away a Michael Kors Timepiece to one lucky fan. Details on how to win can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/levyjewelers/
The contest ends Sunday, August 7th, 2011.