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Governor Rick Scott calls for workforce training

Gov. Rick Scott, in Pompano Beach and Boca Raton on Monday, said he will pursue more workforce training funds for employers and stipends for teachers in the science, math, engineering and technology sector. He also said he will seek a permanent end to sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

» Related: Florida Career Connections, from Florida Trend, your guide for career choices and training


High-performing charter schools may improve students' health

Many people are intensely interested in how publicly funded charter schools affect children, and that includes not just their academic achievement but their health. Researchers want to know whether attending a high-performing charter school reduced the rates of risky health behaviors among low-income minority teenagers. [Source: Health News Florida]


Florida’s biggest health insurer signals rate hikes ahead

Florida Blue, the state’s dominant health insurer, snagged more than one in three consumers on the health law’s exchange this year, but many could face rate hikes as the carrier struggles with an influx of older and sicker enrollees, said the company’s top executive. [Source: Kaiser Health News]


The hobby investing of the rich

BMO Private Bank commissioned a survey about two of its own interests: high-net-worth Floridians and what they like to do with their money. The survey found that people with at least $1 million in investible assets, perhaps unsurprisingly, like to collect things, especially things that are also good investments. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]


Banking on farm-to-table trend: You kill it, hotels cook it

Farm-to-table meals have become so popular that hotels are now getting in the game with an even closer-to-the-source experience by offering chef-prepared meals using food hooked, foraged or shot by their guests. [Source: CNBC]


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› Community column: What happened to commercial space?
During the 1990s, with the Cold War over, the launch companies knew they needed new customers to sustain their business. Space planners asked, what’s next for the Space Coast?

› Colombia growers see Miami cafe helping revive Juan Valdez brand
Colombian coffee growers, long represented by a fictional farmer named Juan Valdez with a mustache and wide-brimmed hat, opened a namesake coffee shop in downtown Miami on Monday, hoping to re-establish the brand in the high-end U.S. coffee market.

› SunTrust's second-quarter profit up 6%
SunTrust reported its second-quarter profit was up 6 percent to $399 million. Financial results included a $204 million pre-tax charge in connection with a settlement of claims related to its administration of the federal Home Affordable Modification Program.

› Professor named to Inventors Hall of Fame
A UCF professor will be joining the likes of Thomas Edison and other iconic innovators in the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.