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Florida women gain ground in pay compared to male workers

Women workers in Florida earned 84.9 percent what men earned in 2012, the highest ratio since the Labor Department began charting state figures 15 years ago. The figure was up more than a percentage point from the prior year and reflected weekly earnings of $676 compared to men’s $796. [Source: Palm Beach Post]

U.S. home prices cool as weather does

U.S. home prices fell slightly in November as colder weather slowed buying, ending nine straight months of price gains. But Florida markets in the index bucked the trend, posting gains. Miami had the largest percentage gain in the nation. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

» Miami takes top score in latest Case-Shiller real estate report
» South Florida house prices rise 16.5 percent in November

Film industry worries about a statewide ‘Cut!’

Florida’s film industry is lobbying for a new $1 billion subsidy fund that would expire in 2020. The push will be closely watched in South Florida, which last year accounted for 78 cents of every dollar in production subsidies issued by the state Office of Film and Entertainment. [Source: Miami Herald]

Florida retailers added 55,000 jobs

According to the January release of employment numbers from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, retail trade accounted for nearly a third of the 192,900 jobs created in Florida in 2013, and it topped the statewide job growth rate of 2.6 percent, according to the Florida Retail Federation. More from the Fort Myers News-Press and the Miami Herald.

See also:
» South Florida created about 21,000 retail jobs in 2013

Scott pushing tax cut proposals, but not the main one he pushed for in 2010

A key part of Scott's "7-7-7" plan to create 700,000 jobs was a promise to completely eliminate within seven years the corporate income tax or the "business tax" as Scott repeatedly called it. But this year - even as the economy has improved and state revenues are up - Scott is turning away from the tax cut that he once made a centerpiece. [Source: AP]

See also:
» Gov. Scott calls for new business tax cut


› NextEra Energy earnings solid, stock price jumps
NextEra Energy, the parent company for Florida Power & Light, on Tuesday reported solid financial results for the fourth quarter and full year in 2013.

› Florida lawmakers want more giant snakes banned
Eighteen representatives signed a bipartisan letter sent Monday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell asking for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add boa constrictors, reticulated pythons and three species of anacondas to the ban.

› Florida Education Technology Conference goes online
FETC, one of the nation’s oldest and largest education technology conferences, kicked off this week in Orlando. But for the first time teachers, principals and educators won’t have to travel to Orange County in order to participate.

› UCF named as one of nation's 'best value' schools
Several Florida universities -- including UCF -- have been named among the nation's 'best value' colleges. The Princeton Review today released its annual list of what it considers to be the 150 best values among public and private institutions.

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› Sanford-Burnham receives $275M donation
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute announced Jan. 28 it had received a $275 million gift from an anonymous donor to help advance the institute’s biomedical research in Central Florida.

› Florida snook season starts Saturday
Snook lovers, get ready. The recreational snook fishing season in Florida starts on Saturday and it will last through the end of May.

› Strong auto sales bring new and expanded dealerships to South Florida
With auto sales humming, more auto groups are opening stores or upgrading existing ones in auto-dependent South Florida. The expansions largely involve brands based outside the United States, often in luxury lines, and funding from big auto dealership groups.

› Harris earnings released; orders up for second quarter
Melbourne-based Harris Corp., Tuesday morning reported revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 of $1.22 billion and income from continuing operations of $137 million, or $1.27 per diluted share