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French aerospace supplier brings jobs to Melbourne

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Lynda Weatherman, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, this morning announced that a Lyon, France, aerospace supplier is opening its first U.S. subsidiary in Melbourne. More at Florida Today and the Brevard Times.

UCF rates high in new teacher-college rankings

One of the University of Central Florida's teacher-education programs made the "honor roll" in a new national review, and UCF was one of just 13 institutions nationally to earn top ratings for at least two of its teacher-prep programs. UCF was the only Florida institution to rank so high in the review of more than 1,000 teacher-education programs across the nation. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

» Five Florida Teacher Training Programs Are “Substandard”

Daytona International Speedway to get major overhaul


Multicultural moves for Burger King

Burger King Worldwide, which has not had a restaurant in France since 1997, opened one in the Marseille Provence Airport under an agreement with Autogrill Group. Autogrill will also develop other BK locations across Europe.

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International Speedway Corp., which owns Daytona and 12 other NASCAR tracks, announced approval Tuesday for a project that will dramatically overhaul the frontstretch at the "World Center of Racing." The construction will cost between $375 and $400 million and is expected to be completed prior to the 2016 Daytona 500. More at Florida Today.

Gov. Scott gains ground in new poll, still trails former Gov. Crist

Gov. Rick Scott's poll numbers are showing signs of progress, but he would still lose to former Gov. Charlie Crist by 10 points if the 2014 election were held today, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Still one of America's least popular governors, Scott trails Crist 47 percent to 37 percent in a face-off between the Republican governor and his possible now-Democratic rival. More at the Tampa Bay Times and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Will Miss USA pageant move to Doral?

The glitz, glamor and swimsuits of the Miss USA beauty pageant may be returning to steamy South Florida. Donald Trump, who owns the pageant and recently invested $250 million to renovate the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, told the Miami Herald on Monday that it’s “a real possibility” that the 61-year-old pageant would be held at the resort next summer. More at the Miami Herald.

Editor's Page
Florida's talent pool is too lightweight

condoThe bottom line: Our research talent pool is too shallow, and support for potentially transformative businesses is too meager. In terms of scientific and technical punching power, Florida is a Mike Tyson-sized contender who hits like Pee-wee Herman. The state should want to do better. Research and the economic activity that flows from it are the foundation for a healthier, less service-driven economy for the state.

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