February 27, 2015

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/5/2013

› FAU plans to give raises, add faculty
Florida Atlantic University plans to give employees raises, hire more faculty and invest in biotech at its Jupiter campus as part of $21 million in increased state money. The funding comes after the Legislature this spring restored $300 million in cuts made last year to state universities.

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Viva Florida 500 Travel Guide

There's much to see and do as Florida commemorates the 500-year anniversary of Ponce de León arriving on its eastern shore.

The statewide festivities planned to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida — Viva Florida 500 — invite residents and visitors alike to launch their own explorations.

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Map out a Florida adventure - start here!

› Ross Realty, RMC Property Group merge
Two well-known real estate companies, The Ross Realty Group of Clearwater and RMC Property Group of Tampa, have combined operations. Executives of both companies refer to it as a merger, but RMC will be the parent company. Recently, real estate industry gossip has suggested that Elliott Ross, president of Ross Realty, was looking to sell his firm and retire.

› Rick Scott vetoes immigrant driver license bill
Gov. Scott on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have allowed children of illegal immigrants to get temporary Florida driver's licenses, a decision that may bolster his standing among immigration hard-liners but could hurt him among Hispanic voters.

› AutoNation reports 11 percent gain in May new vehicle sales
Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation said sales were driven partly by trucks, up 27 percent from a year ago. Truck sales are soaring because of gains in construction, oil and gas and other heavy industries, as the U.S. economic recovery picks up speed, analysts say.

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