December 19, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

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U.S. employers add 192K jobs; rate stays at 6.7 percent

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth. More at the AP and McClatchy.


Growing demand for apartments pushing up rents

These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much. With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon. More at the AP.


Cruise 'Hall of Fame' to honor industry stalwarts

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Florida fitness fanatics

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These four Florida executives take their exercising seriously, from Ironman competitions to marathons: Ricky Arriola, CEO of Inktel in Miami Beach; Amrei Smit, flight instructor at ADF Airways in Miami; Anthony Smith, manager at CSX in Jacksonville; Gavin Macphail, vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle Americas in Miami.

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South Florida's position as a cruise industry powerhouse is hard to miss. And on Saturday, executives of two South Florida cruise companies will be honored by the Cruise Lines International Association and inducted into its 2014 Cruise Industry Hall of Fame. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Universal's retro Cabana Bay resort aims for value

The ambitious Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando's new 1,800-room hotel, which carries a reported price tag of some $206 million, is aiming to attract more value-oriented tourists. More at the Tampa Bay Times.


Florida's growing Alzheimer's population requires more research

The number of Floridians affected with Alzheimer's is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent in the next decade, putting a strain on Florida's health care system and increasing costs for taxpayers, according to a new report from Florida TaxWatch. Read the full report.

Out of the Box
Urgent care for robots

robotJoshua Stephenson nervously stood by his precious baby during surgery on Thursday. “I know he’s in good hands,” said Stephenson, as he watched the doctors work quickly to make Woolly’s arm work better. Woolly, short for Woolly Mammoth, isn’t a cuddly baby and the doctor doesn’t have a medical degree. Woolly is a robot, made out of metal, PVC pipes and elastic bands, and the doctors are Florida Power & Light mechanical engineers who are trained to work on power plants.

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