August 20, 2014

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Insurance through work? Health law affects you too

The health care overhaul's reach stretches far beyond the millions of uninsured Americans it is expected to help. It also could touch everything from the drug choices to doctor bills of people who have insurance through work. More at the AP.

Gov. Scott seeks $55 millon boost for Florida springs

The announcement comes as lawmakers gear up to battle over potentially massive springs protection legislation which could include stronger regulations of both polluters such as waste-water treatment plans, farms and septic tank owners, and consumers such as water bottlers and municipalities. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

KSC ending tours of Vehicle Assembly Building


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water outsourcing
As more cities outsource city services to private companies, Fort Lauderdale-based Calvin, Giordano & Associates is among a cottage industry of service providers that has emerged to capitalize on the trend.

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Public tours of the Vehicle Assembly Building will end Feb. 11, officials of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced Tuesday. The attraction's VAB Up-Close Tour began in late 2011. The structure, touted as one of the largest buildings in the world, had been off-limits since 1978. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Community banks bailing on mortgage lending

Like other small community banks, Tampa-based Bay Cities is getting out of home lending, a once-profitable business now roiled with enough interest-rate risks, burdensome regulations and other issues that some bankers are simply walking away. More at the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Florida Board Of Education weighs changes to Common Core

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says proposed changes to the Common Core will strengthen the state's academic standards. Stewart told the Board of Education Tuesday at its meeting in Miami the recommendations raise the bar for Florida students. More from the AP and CBS Miami.

Business Profile
Flat Out of Heels

condoCEO and founder Dawn Dickson, 35, was volunteering at an event on South Beach dressed to the nines in six-inch heels. After standing for six hours, her feet felt as if they were on fire. She desperately searched for a place to buy affordable flats and couldn’t find anything for less than $100. She decided then to create chic and comfy “emergency flats” that were also durable enough for everyday use — Flat Out of Heels.

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