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Consumer prices up 0.3 percent in June

U.S. consumer prices rose in June at a slightly slower pace than in May with two-thirds of the June advance driven by the largest jump in gasoline prices in a year. Prices rose 0.3 percent in June following a 0.4 percent rise in May, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. More at the AP.


Federal courts issue conflicting rulings on health insurance subsidies

Two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for people in states that use the federal insurance exchange, including Florida. If the first decision -- Halbig v. Burwell by the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit -- stands, an estimated 931,000 Floridians could lose $4.8 billion in subsidies to buy health insurance.

Environment
Making oyster beds

Oysters
Efforts to re-establish oyster beds in the Indian River Lagoon received a $410,000 boost this year from the Legislature.

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However, just an hour after the Halbig v. Burwell ruling was released, another three-judge panel on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., came to the opposite conclusion, upholding the federal subsidies. More at the Tampa Bay Times and the New York Times.


Nervous about digital marketing? It's as easy as riding a bike

Think about it – just a few short years ago, you could run your business and never have to worry about updating a Facebook page or Instagraming a photo to help promote what you offer. However, you certainly did something – direct mail, newspaper ads, radio commercials and more. Today, you feel like that’s not enough. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


New swimwear styles keep sales floating higher

Local and international swimsuit designers showcased their latest collections Monday at the world's largest swimwear trade show, offering a glimpse of pieces that will hit stores over the next year. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


UF's Green Building Program paying off

The University of Florida announced last week that it had received $37,000 under a special tax benefit program for businesses, architects and contractors that build new buildings or retrofit existing ones to be more energy efficient. More at the Gainesville Sun.

Business Profile
Exploring future home -- virtually

oculus rift What if prospective buyers could walk through a virtual model of the building they are considering for their new home? And what if it didn't cost a fortune? That's exactly what Avant, a Sarasota-based startup with ties to France, is doing with Oculus Rift.

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