Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
$200M for teacher incentives? Florida lawmakers crafting plan to do it
The amount of money Florida spends to recruit and keep good teachers for its K-12 public schools could potentially quadruple next year, under tentative plans being crafted in private by Republican House and Senate leaders ahead of the 2017 session. More from the Times/Herald.
Kushner group appears to end pursuit of Miami Marlins
The Kushner-led group that has reportedly been in talks to purchase the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria stopped — or at least paused — its pursuit of the team Wednesday night. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the AP.
Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie revamping its private labels
Southeastern Grocers, the Jacksonville-based parent company for Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Harveys and Fresco y Más, is remaking all of its private label products. Sometimes the products have been the same in all three stores, just under different labels. Now, all four chains will have the same three private labels. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Florida House attacks 'handouts' championed by Gov. Scott
The Republican-controlled House on Thursday posted a video to YouTube that mentions several economic development deals that went bust despite taxpayers putting up millions to bring companies to the state. More from the AP.
Can Presidents’ Day weekend boost Miami-Dade's tourism industry?
For the first February since the Great Recession, demand for hotels in Miami-Dade County plummeted into the red last year -- and not even Presidents' Day weekend, one of the few annual tourism mega-weekends, could save it. More from the Miami Herald.
“I don’t celebrate birthdays. I don’t celebrate New Year’s Eve. I don’t believe in anything that acknowledges the passage of time.”
World Rowing Championships
The 2017 World Rowing Championships kick off on Sept. 24 at Nathan Benderson Park and the event's executive director, Meredith Scerba, and her staff want the world to see what Southwest Florida has to offer.
» Read more from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
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