April 18, 2014

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/26/2013

› Orioles pledge $150,000 to Sarasota community development
The Baltimore Orioles organization announced a $150,000 pledge Tuesday to help fund the latest economic and community development initiative by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

› Heat parade makes Tri-Rail a winner, too
Tri-Rail scored big Monday, carrying its highest paid ridership in the commuter train's 24-year history. Officials say 19,060 passengers rode the train Monday, many headed to the Miami Heat championship parade in downtown Miami.

› Deutsche Bank to hire 300 in Jacksonville
Jacksonville fell short in capturing 431 jobs that global banking powerhouse Deutsche Bank announced last week will go to North Carolina. But Deutsche Bank’s expansion in the Southeast is generating enough new jobs for governors in North Carolina and Florida to embrace the international bank as a positive economic indicator.

› Duke Energy wants to test new coal blend at Crystal River plants
In hopes of reducing emissions, Duke Energy is seeking a permit to test a new coal blend in its oldest electricity generators at the Crystal River power complex. Crystal River coal units 1 and 2 are facing retirement unless Duke can find a way to reduce their emissions and extend their lives.
» Related: Obama takes on power plants, Keystone as part of climate plan

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