September 18, 2020

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What you need to know about Florida today

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U.S. adds 257,000 jobs in January

U.S. employers hired steadily last month and workers’ wages picked up, suggesting the labor market is moving closer to full health more than five years after the recession. More at the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and CNBC.

See also:
» Here's why we should be thrilled the unemployment rate is rising
» Don’t listen to anyone who says the unemployment rate is a “big lie”

TaxWatch analyzes Governor Scott's proposed budget

The latest Budget Watch Report from Florida TaxWatch analyzes and explains Governor Rick Scott's proposed $77 billion budget plan for FY 2015-16. The report highlights important spending issues and analyzes proposed tax cuts and cost savings recommendation, and shows how the budget will impact the general revenue fund. Read the full story.

Florida Blue examining whether members affected by Anthem hack

Out of the Box
Jobs for drones are set to take off

Embry-Riddle is one of a small but growing group of colleges and universities offering a degree in unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS. The schools have launched the programs expecting a bump in demand for the engineers needed to design drones and operators needed to run them.

» More from NBC News

Florida Blue, the state's largest health insurer, released a statement about the hack against Anthem Inc., stating that while Florida Blue and Anthem are separate companies, "some information on Florida Blue members could have been affected." Florida Blue says they are monitoring the situation and will provide updated information as they learn more. Full statement: Florida Blue addresses Anthem hack

» Earlier: China suspected in major hacking of health insurer

Harris buying defense contractor Exelis in $4.4 deal

Communications and information technology company Harris is buying Exelis in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $4.4 billion. The new company will have approximately 23,000 workers worldwide, including 9,000 engineers and scientists. More at the AP.

See also:
» Harris Corp. stock booms on deal to buy Exelis

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New stores blend culture, commerce in Miami’s Design District

As construction in Miami’s Design District proceeds, luxury retailers have begun opening the doors to architecturally splendid boutiques that live up to the shopping area’s name. More at the Miami Herald.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
Expedition Team Takes Conservation to the Capitol

wildlife corridor During Week 4, the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team covered a lot of ground. They biked through the Big Bend Wildlife Management area, met with legislators in Tallahassee, hiked the Aucilla sinks trail, backpacked through the St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge. All the while they documented landscapes and wildlife they encountered. Below are excerpts from their blog and Facebook posts.

» Full story

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Hurricane Sally floods downtown Pensacola
Hurricane Sally floods downtown Pensacola

Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore in Alabama with 105 mph (165 kph) winds Wednesday, shoving a surge of seawater onto the coast and bringing torrential rain that forecasters warned will cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead.

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