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U.S. jobless claims dip, continuing recovery trend

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dipped more than expected last week, pointing to strengthening labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000 for the week ended June 14. More at Reuters.

Tech firms creating scores of new jobs in Orlando

Boosted by state and local incentive deals, two information technology companies — PowerDMS Inc. and NAVIS Inc. — plan to add scores of new jobs in Orlando over the next several years, officials for the companies and Orlando's economic development agency said this week. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Early end forecasted for ‘hurricane tax’

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Florida university researchers generate more than $1 billion in grants annually. The money pays for an array of research, some of which eventually becomes the foundation for startup companies. Not all the research is of the test-tube variety. One of Florida State University’s top researchers, for instance, is an expert in suicides.

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Collected to help pay claims from the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, an extra charge on homeowners- and auto-insurance policies will be removed 18 months earlier than expected. The 1.3 percent charge, added to most property and casualty lines, covers losses incurred by the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund from those storm-filled seasons. More at the Miami Herald.

From smartwatch and smartpen... to smartcheat?

It used to be as simple as folding a piece of paper up your sleeve or writing on the inside of your wrist. But now, as students across the world ready themselves for exam season, cheating is going high tech. More at CNN.

Florida oyster shortage causing rise in prices

Harvesting oysters is not just a business. For men and women in Apalachicola, it's a lifestyle. Recently, the oystermen have had to change how they operate. More at WTSP.

Health Trends
Florida Chikungunya cases double in two weeks

camerasFlorida officials are keeping a close eye on a new mosquito-borne virus that's hitting the United States. The disease is called Chikungunya or Chik-V. According to the Duval County Health Department, the number of cases has nearly doubled in the last two weeks in Florida, alone.

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