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Media blitz coming for online health exchange

In less than three months, uninsured Floridians will be able to purchase medical insurance online under a new federal health law. Making sure average citizens understand how it works will be a Herculean task accompanied by a massive marketing blitz promoting the biggest expansion of the social safety net since Medicare. [Source: AP]

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» Florida Providers Jump On ACO Bandwagon
» Florida waives health practitioner license fees for military veterans

Job seekers from other states seek work in South Florida

Job hunters at Tuesday's job fair in Sunrise were looking for different types of jobs but had one common goal: a fresh start. Laid-off from a job in another state, some had moved to South Florida because they had heard this job market was picking up. Others followed a spouse who took a job here. Some had jobs but were looking for something more. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

Low taxes earn Florida #1 rank in wealth migration

A new study by Travis H. Brown called How Money Works explores how people and money migrate from one state to another. And although the exact causes are difficult to nail down, one thing is clear: Americans are moving from high-tax and heavily regulated states to low-tax states with less regulation. More from Florida Watchdog and see the study here.

UF Incubator ranked world’s best for biotech

The University of Florida Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator was ranked “World’s Best University Biotechnology Incubator,” according to an international study conducted by the Sweden-based research group UBI. The inaugural benchmarking report was based on an extensive analysis of 150 incubators in 22 countries. [Source: UF News]

Fewer parents can pay college tuition

As families continue to recover from the recession, they're relying less on their own income and savings and more on grants and scholarships to finance a college education than in previous years, according to Sallie Mae's How America Pays for College study. [Source: Florida Today]


› Divers gear up for Florida’s lobster mini-season
Thousands of scuba divers and snorkelers in South Florida are expected to take the saltwater plunge Wednesday and Thursday wielding tickler sticks, snares, nets and catch bags with the aim of bringing home dinner during the annual lobster mini-season.

› Workshops to protect Florida's seniors from financial fraud
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced a new series of Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) workshops called Be Scam Smart.

› UF Health to break ground for new medical building in North Jacksonville
With its plans for a hospital in North Jacksonville on hold, UF Health Jacksonville will break ground soon on a new $27.7 million office medical building in the area.

› Vacations that restore the working soul
The economic worries that led American workers to limit themselves to drive-by vacations for the past several summers seem to have lifted. Fortunately, this summer, the two-week vacation is making a comeback — even among overachieving professionals.

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› Lockheed's profit up, sales down, but both beat Wall Street forecast
Defense giant Lockheed Martin Corp. countered a drop in second-quarter revenue by posting a double-digit percentage jump in earnings, beating the consensus Wall Street forecast, the company said Tuesday.

› Gainesville Restaurant Week kicks off Thursday
The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce is trying to counter the slower summer months for its restaurant members by holding the second Gainesville Restaurant Week, which actually covers 11 days.

› Head of Gulfcoast Legal Services being investigated by Florida Bar
The Florida Bar is investigating the head of St. Petersburg-based Gulfcoast Legal Services after reports surfaced alleging she practiced law without a license. Kathleen Mullin, who is not a licensed attorney in Florida, has been executive director of the nonprofit, which has branches throughout the Tampa Bay area, since January.

› Swimwear trade show expands in its 31st year
The biggest swimwear trade show in the world is making waves this year with the addition of another exhibition hall at the Miami Beach Convention Center, lining up more than 2,500 lines that contribute to a multi-billion dollar industry.