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Jobs Needing Less Education Growing

Home health aides, medical assistants and other workers with less than a four-year college degree account for nearly half of the health care workforce in Florida and across the country, a new Brookings Institute analysis reports. More from Health News Florida.

Raymond James posts record quarterly profits, revenues

Raymond James Financial hit a fiscal trifecta Wednesday as it reported record quarterly profits and record revenues while exceeding analyst's expectations. The St. Petersburg-based brokerage and financial services firm reported net income of $122.7 million for the fiscal third quarter. More at the Tampa Bay Times and On Wall Street.

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Looking overseas for growth

Arts & Culture

For Cuban Dancers, A New Life in The U.S.

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Subsidized by the state and inspired by the legendary Alicia Alonso, Cuba’s National Ballet School is an elite training facility and a pipeline into Cuba’s National Ballet. Increasingly though, it's also a pipeline into some of the best companies in the U.S. and abroad.

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Fort Lauderdale’s Allied Steel Buildings finds less competitive, higher-margin markets outside the U.S. They are doing business everywhere - from the Caribbean to Africa. Access full story.

Redistricting clash heats up as hearing approaches

Voting-rights advocates and the Legislature squabbled Wednesday about when the state's congressional elections should be held as both sides prepared for a hearing in front of a Leon County judge. More at the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Visit Florida highlighted as part of Google's $6.5B economic activity in Florida

Google helped provide $6.5 billion of economic activity for Florida businesses in 2013. A chunk of that helped out the hospitality companies that work with Visit Florida, according to Will Seccombe, president and CEO of the statewide tourism group. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Out of the Box
New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

new jersey pizza The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. The agency sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Tuesday in federal court over the logo it uses for its two pizza shops and on merchandise sold online.

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