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Another middle-of-the-pack ranking for Florida’s tech economy

Florida’s technology economy ranks 24th among states, according to a report released Friday by the Information Technology & Information Foundation. The study scores states on such factors as high-tech jobs, foreign investment and volume of IPOs, venture capital and patent filings. See the full study here. Also read more at the Palm Beach Post.

Universal Insurance Holdings reports Q3 profit despite Hurricane Irma claims

Universal Property & Casualty reported a $10 million net profit for the third quarter of 2017 despite heavy losses from Hurricane Irma. The Fort Lauderdale-based company was only one of five publicly-traded Florida-based property insurers to report a net profit for the quarter. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Florida universities to hire more mental-health counselors

The Board of Governors, which oversees the university system, has been advocating for more mental-health spending from the Legislature over the past two years, with data showing more students need the services and that many students face serious psychological challenges. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

A by-the-numbers look at Florida Space Coast's growing $260B satellite industry

The fast-growing satellite industry is offering Central Florida businesses the best opportunity to cash in on the action. The industry had a 2016 global revenue of $260.5 billion — a big jump from 2012's $209.2 billion. More from the Orlando Business Journal.

Opioid crisis taking toll on Florida children

More than 4,000 babies were born addicted to opioids in Florida last year, an increase of over 1,000 percent from a decade ago. Substance abuse played a role in two-thirds of the cases where children were removed from their homes within 30 days of birth last year. More from the Lakeland Ledger.

Veterans Day
Free Admission to Florida State Parks on Veterans Day

floridaGovernor Rick Scott has announced that Florida State Parks will be offering free admission for all families and visitors on Veterans Day, November 11th, to honor all who have served and are currently serving in our U.S. military.

» More at Florida Trend.

Out of the Box
Miami's Peacock Problem

florida originalsMiami's peacock population is growing, and many neighbors are annoyed by the loud squawking noise, the poop, the destruction of their plants and the scratching of their cars. Others love the beautiful birds causing feuds between pro-peacock and anti-peacock residents in the Coconut Grove area.

» Read more from the Source.