Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
47% paying more for employer health insurance
Nearly half of workers say their company-provided health insurance is costing them more than a year ago, according to a survey released Wednesday by North Palm Beach-based Bankrate.com. Some 47 percent say more money is being taken out of their paychecks each month for health insurance than a year ago. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
NASA gets White House backing to extend space station by 4 years
The world's most expensive science project — the $100 billion-plus International Space Station — is poised to get four more years in orbit. The decision follows years of pressure by top NASA officials, who consider the station a critical steppingstone to future exploration. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
UF aims to crack top 10 of U.S. public universities
CEO Sounding Board
What’s the outlook in Florida for your business in 2014?
"“One thing that’s for sure is the fee-for-service model is no longer sustainable. We’re trying to open up to new physician payment models. If you talk to most physicians, they’re nervous; they’re a little bit anxious. I’m not anxious. I’m excited."
The University of Florida, considered to be the state's top public university, has a big dream and a plan. It wants to become one of the top 10 public research universities in the country. And the school is laying the groundwork now for major changes, including hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements, to help make that happen. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Leaders plan campaign to attract businesses to Orlando
A team of business leaders unveiled their strategy to lure new business to Orlando on Tuesday, and it involves convincing people around the world that if they see central Florida as all about tourism, then they're missing a big part of the picture. More at WFTV.
Fulfillment looks different for every worker
Finding a balance between work and personal life is not like reaching balance on a scale with equal weights. It is not about working less. It is about spending your time in a way that brings satisfaction. In a survey by the University of Scranton, one of the top new year’s resolutions for 2014 is to enjoy life to the fullest. In a society where stress levels have soared, that’s a good goal for all of us. More at the Miami Herald.
If your New Year's resolution is to change jobs this year, consider this ranking of least-stressful jobs. In a a new ranking for 2014, CareerCast.com looked at 200 careers and weighed all sorts of factors that contribute to worker stress: travel (lots of travel increases stress), meeting the public (introverts, beware), and whether a job puts your life or that of others at risk (a no-brainer).
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