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Taxpayer help for sports and films doesn't add up for state

New reports are showing that taxpayers are paying more to help Florida's professional sports franchises and the film industry than the state gets in return. State legislators in 2013 ordered auditors and economists to analyze the millions spent by the state on subsidies for businesses. More at the AP.

Workforce housing a concern for young professionals

Increasing workforce housing is a growing issue for Manatee County's young professionals. Dozens of members of the Manatee Young Professionals group met with county officials at a luncheon Thursday to address affordable places to live for young workers. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

More international tourists expected in Florida in 2015

Florida Dining
A Feast of Choices in Lakeland

Halfway between Orlando and Tampa, Lakeland now seems somewhere between Portland and Brooklyn, proof that the appetite for fresh and authentic is found throughout Florida.

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More international tourists are expected to fuel rising tourism in Florida in 2015, according to Visit Florida, the state's official tourism marketing organization. That's continuing the upward trend of recent years. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Report: Florida hospitals at risk of losing $1.3 billion

Florida is at risk of losing about $1.3 billion in federal funds used to reimburse hospitals that treat large numbers of poor and uninsured patients, jeopardizing the medical centers’ ability to continue serving those populations, according to a report released Thursday by state healthcare officials. More at the Miami Herald and the AP.

UF’s Verigo gets funding agreement with institute

University of Florida spinoff company Verigo has secured a funding agreement with the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research. Verigo, incorporated as Comm-N-Sense, develops and manufactures wireless tracking and monitoring technology to help businesses that rely on perishable supply chains operate more efficiently. More at the Gainesville Sun.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
Week 1: Through the Green Swamp

cameras After leaving the Everglades Headwaters, the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team spent the rest of the first week immersed in the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve in Central Florida, a little known part of the state hiding within plain sight of Tampa's and Orlando's sprawling metropolitan areas.

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