May 26, 2015

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 5/26/2015

Senate sets health expansion bill schedule

The Senate will move quickly during a special legislative session next month to reiterate support for a controversial plan that would use federal Medicaid money to provide health insurance to about 800,000 Floridians. More at Health News Florida.

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» Seeking breakthrough, Senate offers changes to its health plan

Around the State
Dam Issues

n effort to destroy the dam that created Rodman Reservoir is pitting Putnam County residents against an unlikely alliance that includes the JAX Chamber, JaxPort and the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

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UWF, Space Florida collaborating on cybersecurity

Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the University of West Florida Center for Research and Economic Opportunity to further develop Florida’s cybersecurity technologies. More at Pensacola Today.

Wesley Chapel company distributes digital music around the world

Ten people who work in a small business park 20 miles north of Tampa are part of the future of the music industry. They work for Symphonic Distribution, a digital music distribution company, which is to say they help artists get their music into online stores. More at the Tampa Bay Times.

Growth of women-owned businesses lags

The growth of businesses owned by women has dwindled dramatically in South Florida since the recession, falling far behind the national pace, a new report concludes. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Cuba’s open for some American business — so here come the lawyers

So far there have been a handful of announcements by U.S. companies of new Cuba-related ventures, but little concrete business has transpired. Still, there is one group that’s already cashing in: the lawyers. More at the Miami Herald.

Agriculture
Florida's bee colonies on the rise

florida honey bees The Sunshine State started a program two years ago that encouraged beekeepers and agricultural growers to share best practices, including ways to use pesticides that would help both industries thrive.

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