December 19, 2014

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U.S. employers add 175K jobs despite harsh weather

U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, renewing hopes that the economy could accelerate this year. February's gain of 175,000 jobs, up from January's 129,000, coincided with a rise in the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent from a five-year low of 6.6 percent. More at the AP and Reuters.


BritWeek Miami celebrates UK’s economic links to Florida

Trade between Florida and Britain amounts to an estimated $2.6 billion a year — a fact that business leaders on both sides of the Atlantic say is reason to celebrate. The second annual BritWeek Miami will do just that, toasting the economic partnership along with nods to British food, culture, entertainment. More at the Miami Herald.


The future of drones in the insurance industry

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Smart wristbands, GPS watches and a ten-pound, portable satellite dish are just a few of the cool gadgets we profile.

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After a catastrophe hits, mobile units filled with adjusters are on site to evaluate property damage. Flash forward five years and an insured may never meet the property adjuster handling his or her claim. Instead, a drone is sent to evaluate damage within hours of it occurring. More at Insurance Journal.


Legoland unveils last pieces of Cypress Gardens

Legoland Florida unveiled some of the most cherished pieces of Cypress Gardens' botanical gardens this week, reuniting the past with the present. The iconic Florida Pool and the Oriental Gardens officially opened to park visitors, making the entire botanical gardens accessible. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


Florida is a million miles from Medicaid expansion

Florida's lawmaking session is early, but the odds are long the state will join half the nation that has embraced President Barack Obama's optional expansion of Medicaid. That means debates will live on over how to deal with nearly one-in-five Floridians without health insurance long after the federal Affordable Care Act is implemented. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Conservation
Feds add cash to save Florida grasshopper sparrow

sparrowThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has granted an additional $496,000 to keep the Florida grasshopper sparrow in Central Florida from going extinct. Efforts to rescue the bird, found just south of Orlando and thought to be the most endangered in North America, have been constrained by limited funding.

» Full story from the Orlando Sentinel


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