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August 14, 2018

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Florida one of the fastest growing solar states in the nation

Florida moved into the top 10 solar states for the first time since 2011, adding 748 megawatts in 2017. The Sunshine State was also the third fastest growing solar state last year, growing 109 percent, according to a report by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. More from the Palm Beach Post and WJCT.

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» In the New South, customer demand is showing utilities the dollars and sense in solar
» Solar power: Here's where each state now ranks

Winn-Dixie parent company to close stores, file for bankruptcy protection

Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers LLC, which operates supermarket chains Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo, said on Thursday it is preparing to file for bankruptcy and would shutter 94 underperforming stores. More from Reuters and the Florida Times-Union.

Port Manatee draws German consul general’s interest

Port Manatee holds promise as a trade gateway for German companies, according to Germany’s Miami-based consul general, who visited the Florida Gulf Coast port Thursday. More from the American Journal of Transportation.

With a ban under consideration, greyhound racing brings out surprising defenders

As legislators consider a proposed constitutional amendment asking voters to phase out greyhound racing by 2021, the people who love the dogs on both sides of the issue worry about their future. It is the dogs’ apparent contentment that has caused even die-hard racing opponents to say the situation is nuanced. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

New report offers snapshot of health of Hispanic residents in Orange County

For the first time, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County has issued an assessment of the Hispanic population, showing several areas of need and highlighting health disparities in the community. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

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Higher gear

florida originalsRalph McLaughlin and Vinny Binstock have big growth plans for Sarasota-based Mac Exotic Car Storage. The company has seen 40% revenue growth over the past two years.

» Read more from the Business Observer.

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Nobody crashed in Monday’s first hours of the new “wrong way” interchange in Miami. But that’s because Miami cops guided confused drivers in the manner of a first-grade teacher keeping wayward students in line on the first day of school.

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