Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Health insurance companies will have to pay $54 million in rebates this summer to 614,245 of their Florida policyholders, federal officials announced on Thursday. That’s $132 per family. Officials hailed the news as another sign that the new Affordable Care Act is working for consumers by forcing companies to rein in overhead costs or pay a penalty in the form of rebates. More from the Orlando Sentinel and the Fort Myers News-Press.
Latin American and Caribbean trade conferences held in Miami often concentrate on the big players — the multinationals — and global economic trends. But Trade Américas Expo, which began Thursday, is shifting the focus to small- and medium-sized businesses and creating more business opportunities for them in the hemisphere. [Source: Miami Herald]
University of Miami students have painted a potential new advertising strategy for Walmart without ever touching a paintbrush. The school placed first in the 2013 National Student Advertising Competition, an annual event hosted by the American Advertising Federation. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
The calendar could put a small kink in this year's Independence Day travel, according to a forecast released Thursday by travel club AAA. With the Fourth of July holiday falling this year on a Thursday, the long weekend is a little shorter than last year's. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Despite Gov. Rick Scott’s pleas, tuition is going up slightly at all but two of Florida’s universities. So Scott is returning to the board that oversees state universities with a new request: Be tough on fee increases. [Source: Miami Herald]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› USF medical school's Klasko to leave for Philadelphia university
University of South Florida medical school dean Stephen Klasko is leaving to become president of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and president and chief executive of the university-affiliated hospital system.
› European aviation company coming to Miami
ATR is a European maker of small planes with global headquarters in France and U.S. headquarters in Dulles, Va.,. It will relocate its “American hub” to the area around Miami International Airport.
› Apartments rent for more than homes in Metro Orlando
Residential rental rates have increased more in Orlando's trendy Baldwin Park section than in any other part of the four-county metropolitan area, a new report shows. The median rent last month in Baldwin Park was $2,169 for all the types of rental housing there — houses, apartments, condominiums and town homes.
› Free tech workshop for high school students Saturday
Feverish Pops and The LAB Miami have teamed to offer Code Fever @ The Lab, a free day-long workshop on Saturday to teach high school students — and their parents — how to transition from being just consumers of technology to creators.
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