July 23, 2014

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| 2/11/2013

› Public schools lose millions to crooks and cheaters
A Tampa Bay Times investigation found that last year criminals earned more than $7 million in federal funding for private tutoring businesses. Companies accused of overbilling earned another $7 million. The lack of oversight means millions go to cheaters and crooks.
» Part Two: Lobbying preserved millions for Florida tutoring companies

› Settlements over toxic Chinese drywall OK'd
A federal judge has approved five class-action settlements that call for a Chinese drywall manufacturer and others to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to repair homes damaged by the product, attorneys for thousands of Gulf Coast property owners said.

› Weiss rates USAA, Citizens strong, other Florida insurers weaker
Grades from Weiss Ratings might surprise homeowners accustomed to hearing debates in Tallahassee about the risky shakiness of state-run insurer Citizens — it gets an A plus for financial strength.

› Walgreens offer fresh food sections in some Tampa Bay stores
The offerings seem straight from a restaurant menu. Lobster bisque. Grilled chicken breast with tortellini. California rolls. You wouldn't expect them amid the paper plates, nail polish and pain relievers at a drugstore.

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