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Florida, feds disagree on new health insurance prices

State insurance officials unveiled proposed prices for health plans to be sold on the exchanges beginning Oct. 1. But those plans, and the prices, have yet to be approved by the federal government and could change if Florida’s experience reflects other states. More from the Miami Herald, the AP and the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.

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Best Companies Sounding Board

Employees answer:
 "What do you like best about your company?"

Below are responses from 8 of the small companies on our Florida's Best Companies to Work For 2013 list.

Small Company Employees Answer
Jill S. Schwartz & Associates
No. 1 - Legal
No. 12 - Financial services
No. 3 - Technology
Moore Communications Group
No. 16 - Public relations
Premier Eye Care
No. 6 - Insurance
Ascendo Resources
No. 18 - Staffing
Radey Law Firm
No. 10 - Law firm
Examsoft Worldwide
No. 19 - Technology

The basics on Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday

Summer is nearly gone, so that means Florida's back-to-school sales-tax holiday is back, starting Friday. Read primers on what you need to know from the Tampa Bay Times and the Orlando Sentinel.

Some teachers will get plastic to buy school supplies this year

When Florida teachers dip into their own pockets this fall to purchase school supplies – as most routinely do -- some will get to put it on plastic. As part of a broader $1-billion increase in education funding pushed by Gov. Rick Scott and legislators, school districts are being allowed to issue debit cards to teachers to buy up to $250 in supplies for their classrooms. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

SunPass to replace oldest transponders

SunPass is replacing millions of older transponders with newer, battery-free models that will work on toll roads outside Florida. The federal government has set an Oct. 1, 2016 deadline requiring the nation's toll roads to allow drivers to use one transponder on any toll road. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


› Dolphins owner recruiting pro-stadium bid candidates
Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins owner who vowed to avenge his political loss in Tallahassee earlier this year, is recruiting candidates to run against two lawmakers who opposed using public dollars to partly fund a $350 million renovation to Sun Life Stadium, the Miami Herald has learned.

› Doctors Hospital earns top rating from Consumer Reports
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Wednesday received Consumer Reports' top ratingbased on a low percentage of patients who died after surgery or experienced a longer stay than expected due to complications.

› Tampa trade mission to Brazil being organized for October
The pope went to Brazil, the mayor plans to go, and economic development officials say Tampa Bay area businesses should think about a trip, too. So the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. is organizing a trade mission in October to São Paulo, the Southern Hemisphere's largest city with a population of 19 million.

› Melbourne aircraft lab plan nearing takeoff
Labeled “Building 228” in City Hall documents, Northrop Grumman’s much-anticipated Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence has advanced from corporate speech fodder to the engineering drawing board.

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› University of Florida engineering professor recognized with ‘Oscar of Innovation’
Kelly Jordan, assistant professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Florida, has been recognized for his role in developing one of the top 100 technology products of the year.

› Sarasota Orchestra building renovation standoff resolved
After contract confusion and a special meeting of the City Commission, a plan for renovations of the Sarasota Orchestra's building, which is on city property, will move forward without any delay.

› Global Fertilizer Market Hits Home as Mosaic Stock Dives
Mosaic, whose phosphate operations remain a central feature of the Polk economy, saw its stock price hammered — a 17 percent decline in a single day — after a Russian potash fertilizer cartel announced its demise.

› Judges rule against EA in fight with athletes
A divided U.S. federal appeals court Wednesday rejected Electronic Arts' First Amendment argument in a lawsuit by former collegiate athletes who accuse the company of using their images in video games without permission.