August 2, 2014

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 3/21/2013

› Lawmakers back $480 million for teacher raises
The Senate's budget-writers signaled Wednesday they're likely to go along with Gov. Rick Scott's push to give teachers $480 million in new money for raises, although they plan to tie the money to student-learning gains.

› Alleged head of charity scam talks
A prominent Jacksonville attorney accused of masterminding a $300 million gambling ring disguised as a veterans charity says he simply advised his clients on legal matters and that prosecutors are trying to "force a connection" between him and the operation of the business.

› YouFit Health Clubs expand to Orlando area
YouFit Health Clubs, a St. Petersburg-based chain started by a co-founder of Planet Fitness, has opened its first Orlando-area facility. The company's newest location, at 7706 University Blvd. east of Winter Park, had its soft opening Wednesday. It gives YouFit 53 outlets nationwide, including 36 in Florida.
» Related: Florida Trend Profile of YouFit

› Melbourne business wins award
Melbourne-based Atlantic Business Systems, has received the PROs Elite Top 100 Service Organization award. PROs Elite is the top industry benchmarking organization for office automation products and solutions.

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