September 18, 2014

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Governor's race will also shape Fla. Supreme Court

Floridians voting in November's gubernatorial election will also be deciding the direction of the state Supreme Court for years to come. The Supreme Court's mandatory retirement age of 70 means four justices will have to retire by January 2019. [Source: AP]


Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest. [Source: AP]


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Florida group meeting on growth strategies for defense industry

With downward pressure on Pentagon spending, the possibility of future rounds of automatic defense cuts and the looming end of combat operations in Afghanistan, the Florida Chamber is holding a meeting in Orlando to help figure out a way forward. [Source: TBO.com]


Kennedy Space Center's quiet rebirth slowly taking shape

Kennedy Space Center is relatively quiet these days, but there's a rebirth taking shape in the historic buildings and grounds. The new Orion and SLS programs, and renovations of buildings like the massive VAB, are transforming the space program and Central Florida. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]


Walmart wants to be your doctor's office

Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, has spent years trying to turn some of its millions of customers into patients. Now, the store is in the throes of its most aggressive push yet to become a one-stop shopping destination for medical care. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Florida set to implement Common Core
As children head back to school, more than 40 states, including Florida, will implement the Common Core standards. This will be the first time students all across the country will be learning from the same standards.

› Deadline to clear up health law eligibility nears
Nearly 100,000 Floridians who bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act could have their taxpayer-subsidized coverage cancelled if they don't send citizenship and immigration documents to confirm their eligibility by Sept. 5.

› Osceola smart sensor consortium gets funding, hires new experts
University of Central Florida and Osceola County have made strides over the past few months on a proposal to build the Florida Center for Advanced Manufacturing Research in the Kissimmee area.

› Hialeah law firm accepts Bitcoin
Dieppa Law Firm, P.A., which specializes in bankruptcy, personal injury and traffic law as well as commercial, tax and real estate law, is among a handful of early adopters in South Florida to accept the new and somewhat controversial digital currency.


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