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Florida ranks among best states for business but legal, regulatory challenges remain

A new CNBC report ranks Florida as the nation's 12th best state for business. The report ranked all 50 states on measures including legal and regulatory environment, access to capital, infrastructure and cost of of living. Florida's overall ranking puts the state one spot behind Indiana and a spot above Tennessee. More from Florida Record.

Federal judge in Florida scrutinizes health contract law

The two sides in a bitter legal battle over cancer treatment in Florida clashed during a daylong hearing in a Tallahassee federal courtroom on Friday. At the heart of the contentious fight is a new state law sparked by a feud between one of Florida’s largest cancer-care companies and physicians who used to work for the firm. The doctors are fighting against non-compete restrictions that 21st Century Oncology placed on physicians working for the firm. More from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Another Florida city targets 100% clean energy

The city council of Satellite Beach, Fla., has unanimously passed a resolution committing the city to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy for the entire community by 2050 and for municipal operations by 2032. Satellite Beach becomes the first city in Brevard County, Fla., and the 10th city in the state to commit to powering its entire community with 100% clean energy, says the Sierra Club. More from Solar Industry.

Miami Dade College will offer medical marijuana classes

Miami Dade College officials are working on new classes and a certificate program that'll prepare students for jobs in the medical marijuana industry. But, administrators stress, they won't be teaching kids how to grow weed. Instead, they're developing courses on the biology and chemistry of marijuana, as well as the plant's historical usage and evolving regulation. More from the Miami New Times.

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Instrumental playlist therapy and patient recovery

When she was a critical care nurse, Zhan Liang watched many patients leave the intensive care unit with a lot of challenges and recovery time ahead of them. She wondered if there was a cost-effective way to speed up the time it takes for those patients to recover strength, mobility and the ability to breathe on their own. More from Florida Trend.

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Pumping Up
Florida gas prices slide downward

Gas PricesFlorida gas prices declined nearly 10 cents last week as global demand concerns keep downward pressure on the price of crude. Florida drivers are paying an average price of $2.44 per gallon – a discount of 8 cents from last week. The state average has declined the past 25 consecutive days for a total of 26 cents per gallon.

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Arts & Culture
The Dali has a special connection to guide dogs: A blind docent

Blind DocentAs Patricia Allen’s guide dog prepares for retirement, a host of young pups learn the skills to help others.Worf was palpably excited. Sitting in the bright lobby of the Dalí Museum Saturday, the 17-month-old puppy tossed his head back to look up at his trainer before gently lunging toward someone in proximity. Audie, his more well-behaved classmate, sat at attention waiting for instruction, while 11-week-old yellow lab Gracie melted into her trainer’s arms, too young to fully participate. They weren’t there for the fine art. They were working. Worf and seven other dogs were part of the Eastern Pinellas Puppy Raisers, a Southeastern Guide Dogs group that trains puppies to work for visually impaired people or veterans. As part of their training, they visit places such as the Dalí Museum to train them to focus

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