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September 24, 2018

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Shooting shifts priorities as Legislature works to finalize budget

Legislators, law enforcement and community health care providers acknowledge that a push to steer at least $400 million toward enhancing school security and mental health funding is pulling money from earlier priorities, including fighting opioids, rebuilding after Hurricane Irma and tax cuts. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Florida Times-Union.

Miami’s airport wants to read your face. You might be happy about that

Face it, going through airport security is a vital, but time-consuming pain in the you-know-where. Miami International Airport hopes that using new technology that is already familiar to millions of smartphone users could reduce some of the bother. from the Miami Herald.

FPL seeks pilot program to test underground powerlines

Florida Power & Light Co., which is scheduled to file its annual “reliability” report with regulators on Thursday, is planning a pilot program to put utility lines underground in not-yet-identified neighborhoods in the state. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

AWP convention brings thousands of writers, teachers, students and more to Tampa

For the first time, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs annual convention, a national meeting of students and teachers of creative writing, authors, editors, publishers and more will take place in Tampa. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Publix giving pay raise to workers, boosts stock price

Publix will raise wages for its hourly employees and some managers, a move that could help it compete with chains such as Target and Walmart that have made public announcements of pay increases. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Harris Rosen

 Harris Rosen had a humble start in life, growing up in the Bowery neighborhood of New York when it was a tough place to live. He graduated from Cornell and then worked at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and at Disney World. He founded Rosen Hotels in 1974 after buying a former Quality Inn on International Drive, now the Rosen Inn International.

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Florida business uses human scent to bring missing people home

florida originalsRight now, more than 88,000 families in the United States are hurting, waiting for a missing loved one to come home. Most of them never imagined their family member could go missing. But the truth is, it can happen to anyone. It's this reality driving a Tallahassee-based business, Scent Evidence K-9, to help families prepare for the unthinkable.

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Miami Beach considers annexing western Venetian Islands
Miami Beach considers annexing western Venetian Islands

Two of the Venetian Islands are part of Miami while the other four belong to Miami Beach. Some residents of Biscayne and San Marco islands say they want to join Miami Beach, but they face an uphill battle.

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