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August 18, 2018

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Florida job cuts down 21 percent in January over year ago

Florida employers trimmed 1,247 jobs in January, but that was fewer than a year ago when 1,572 jobs were cut after the holidays, according to the Challenger, Gray & Christmas report released Thursday. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Moody’s Analytics: South Florida not such a long shot for Amazon’s HQ2

Bookies say South Florida is a long shot for Amazon’s HQ2, but Moody’s Analytics likes the Miami region’s chances. A new ranking by Moody’s Analytics puts South Florida in 11th place among all cities that meet Amazon’s criteria, according to senior economist Adam Ozimek -- not a favorite, but not a long shot. More from the Palm Beach Post.

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» As Amazon headquarters race heats up, concerns about a subsidy war grow

Company overseeing Pompano Beach's redevelopment quits

The company that Pompano Beach hired to direct tens of millions in taxpayer money to redevelop blighted areas has announced it is ending its nine-year contract with the city, alleging a hostile environment. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Jacksonville and its food scene gets high praise from Food & Wine has shown Jacksonville and its food scene some big love in an article titled, “We Can’t Believe How Cool Jacksonville is Being Right Now,” which features places such as the Riverside Arts Market, Murray Hill’s Community Loaves, Gilbert’s Social, Vagabond Coffee and more. More from the Florida Times-Union.

Electronic Arts sees no end in esports expansion

The Maitland-built Electronic Arts video game franchise Madden NFL has been one of the driving forces behind the company’s efforts to expand competitive gaming efforts. Now, the game giant will use it as a road map as it ventures into esports games involving non-sports franchises. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

A ‘Blue’ Florida? There Are No Quick Demographic Fixes for Democrats

 Democrats could be forgiven for dreaming about a “blue” Florida. It is diversifying as fast as Texas or Arizona, and the demographic composition of its electorate may be poised to shift even faster than anticipated. But the reality for Democrats is that neither development is likely to fundamentally alter Florida’s political character heading into the 2020 election.

» More from the New York Times and the Tampa Bay Times.


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Florida's Body Farm

florida originalsLast January, Adam Kennedy learned about a proposal to start a “body farm” in Pasco County — a research facility where forensic investigators could study how corpses decompose in Florida’s terrain and weather.

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USA’s biggest palm collection faces future of sea level rise
USA’s biggest palm collection faces future of sea level rise

Montgomery Botanical Center in Miami has the country’s biggest collection of palms and cycads. After Hurricane Irma, the garden’s director wondered what it would look like with a century of sea level rise.

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