July 23, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/26/2014

› Booze bills in 2014 Legislative session
Florida’s liquor laws are kind of like a fine beer or wine: complex and full of subtle distinctions. Lawmakers are taking another run this year at smoothing out these incongruities, but entrenched interests may continue to block some popular proposals.

› $3,000 hike slated for military family grocery bills
A military family could see grocery bills go up by $3,000 a year under the latest Pentagon budget proposal. Grocery stores for military families, also called commissaries, will be able to offer fewer savings over the next three years as the Department of Defense would slash most of the taxpayer subsidies that prop up these stores.

› US government dismisses reptile keepers' claims
The U.S. government has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a nationwide ban on four giant snake species.

› Bloomin' Brands ends 2013 strong with annual revenues up 3.5 percent
Restaurant company Bloomin' Brands reported Tuesday that last year's revenues were up 3.5 percent over the previous year to $4.1 billion. It also said revenues from the fourth quarter were up 5.2 percent to $1.1 billion, primarily due to the opening of new restaurants and the acquisition of restaurants in Brazil.

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