April 20, 2014

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 10/10/2013

› UF: Part of $15M in preeminent funding to be spent on 'big data'
The University of Florida will spend nearly $4 million of $15 million it received from the Legislature to achieve Top 10 status on “the emerging field of big data,” university officials announced today.

› Gov. Scott asks Pres. Obama to hold back flood insurance hikes
Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday that President Barack Obama needs to delay pending rate increases confronting Florida homeowners who are subsidized through the National Flood Insurance Program.

› GRU rate hike puts squeeze on local businesses
While much of the focus has been on the increase of more than 10 percent in electric rates for Gainesville Regional Utility's residential customers, commercial users are getting an even-stiffer jolt of more than 12 percent.

› Gov. Scott gets new sign: 'Open for Business'
After Scott took office in 2011, state road crews touted the achievement by affixing his name to about three dozen "Welcome to Florida" signs on major highways. Now the DOT has gone a step further, with newly-installed signs right below Scott's name that announce that the state is "open for business."

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