What you need to know about Florida today
Demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) employees in Florida was up 15.2 percent year over year in January. STEM jobs pay higher than average wages, so new demand for this type of work indicates growth in the quality of jobs being created. More from the Jacksonville Business Journal, the Orlando Business Journal and STEM Florida.
Shaquille O'Neal tells us why he loves Orlando, how he almost became undersheriff in Lake County and his law school ambitions.
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» I’ve always wanted to own a law firm, so I’m thinking about going to law school. Not to be a lawyer, but just to own a law firm so when I hire other lawyers I can have educated conversations with them and not just be the guy who owns the building.
Scott is preparing to give his third state of the state address on Tuesday, and while the major theme — jobs — will still be the same, Scott has undergone a transformation. He’s cozying up to teachers instead of antagonizing them, he’s learned the art of compromise with the Legislature and he’s even cooperating with the federal government to put the president’s health care plan into place. More from the AP and the Times/Herald.
Head's up if you own a business in Florida: bogus bills have been sent out in the mail recently that you don't need to pay. The letter that Cape Coral attorney Eric Feichthaler got in the mail Saturday looks legit. It's from a company called Compliance Services out of Tallahassee. The letter says it's an 'annual minutes requirement statement' and asks you to send back a $125 dollar check. Read more from WFTX and Florida's Division of Corporations.
As the Common Core State Standards get put in place Florida, a key concern remains over whether the state's schools can handle the load that new computerized tests will place on them. Senate Education Committee chairman John Legg has filed legislation that would give the schools some security that they won't be pushed ahead of their readiness. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
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› Arison is top South Floridian on Forbes’ richest list
Miami Heat owner and Carnival Cruise Chairman Micky Arison was the highest ranking South Floridian on the list, tying for the 211 slot with $5.7 billion; his sister, Shari Arison, who lives in Israel, ranked No. 308 with $4.2 billion.
› Tech Data battles to keep pace with the mobile evolution
The global mobile revolution is happening so fast that it's hard for even front-line competitors like Tech Data Corp. to keep up. The Clearwater-based IT products distributor – Tampa Bay's largest public company by revenue – missed earning targets Monday, triggering a hit to its stock price.
› Northrop Grumman plans huge expansion for Brevard County
The company said it is designating five centers of design and integration excellence in support of its Aerospace Systems sector's manned aircraft, unmanned systems and electronic attack businesses. Melbourne is one of the sites chosen.
› AutoNation outperforming industry
For the 12th month in a row, Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation has outperformed its industry in retail sales of new vehicles. The country's largest vehicle retailer announced Monday that its February retail sales rose 6 percent. That's better than the national average of 2 percent growth.
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