Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Raymond James Financial lays off 160, most of them in St. Petersburg
Raymond James Financial is laying off 160 employees, including 115 in its St. Petersburg headquarters, the company confirmed Thursday afternoon. Most of the cuts were in information technology as the financial services and brokerage firm trimmed away overlap from last year's acquisition of Morgan Keegan & Co.
› Software entrepreneur plans pub next to the HuB
Software entrepreneur Jesse Biter wanted a place downtown to have a beer after work with friends and co-workers, but the 36-year-old just couldn't seem to find the right hangout. So Biter decided to build his ideal place himself.
› Clearwater and Tampa aquariums declare a truce, talk about collaboration
The Great Aquarium War of 2013 has been called off. Aquarium leaders on both sides of Tampa Bay have declared a truce. They're singing Kumbaya and talking about working together.
› Feds: National pill-trafficking ring has roots in Central Florida
A sophisticated drug-trafficking ring that recruited people to obtain prescriptions for painkillers and then sold those pills on the streets has been operating in Central Florida for several years, federal authorities said Thursday.
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