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Will Short Gorham | 8/16/2012

› Orlando airport sets $446M budget
It likely will cost nearly $446 million to operate Orlando International Airport next year — everything from the runways to Starbucks. That was the tentative budget adopted Wednesday by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

› Company accuses Rays of misappropriating digital autograph-signing idea
When a company with close ties to the Tampa Bay Rays announced plans for an innovative autograph-signing business last month, local businessman Tom Waters couldn't believe it. The reason? He and a partner came up with the idea first, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court.

› Cities to be asked to finance commuter rail
Cities along the route of the proposed South Florida East Coast Corridor commuter rail line will be asked to contribute to help finance the venture, officials say. "This is a request to the cities, not the counties," said Steven Abrams, newly elected chairman of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. "There is a real economic benefit tied to the request."

› Former Navy commander lands key Jacksonville military business development post
Aaron Bowman is resigning this week from BAE Systems shipyards on Heckscher Drive where he is director of business operations. He will soon handle military issues and aerospace and manufacturing business development for the Jax Chamber and Jax USA partnership.

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