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Chase Bank opening 16 locations statewide, including Seminole branch

Chase is set to open a new branch in Seminole this year. The addition is part of an expansion of the megabank that will include 16 new full-service branches throughout Florida. "Florida is …

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McKibbon Hospitality unveils revamped corporate headquarters

McKibbon Hospitality, a hotel management and development company, finished expanding its Tampa headquarters Monday. The 10,000-square foot office in Avion Park's Westshore business district was co …

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  1. A 'Star Trek'-inspired gizmo could win its inventors $9 million

    Business

    PAOLI, Pa. — Basil Harris is an emergency-room physician who holds five degrees. Yes, five, including a doctorate in engineering.

    Brothers George, Basil and Gus Harris examine prop tricorders from the Star Trek series. The Harris siblings named their team Final Frontier Medical Devices. [Courtesy of XPrize]
  2. What the death of broadband privacy rules means to you

    Business

    NEW YORK — Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules , what does that mean for you?

    Republicans in the House have followed the Senate in overturning an Obama-era broadband privacy regulation that set tough restrictions on what companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T could do with customers' personal information. It still needs President Donald Trump's signature. Consumer advocates and Democrats have slammed Republicans for gutting the Federal Communications Commission's regulation, saying it will leave Americans online unprotected; Republicans and industry groups counter that spiking the rule just maintains the status quo. [Associated Press]
  3. Birds of a feather, the gilded rich are flocking to Florida and its lack of state income tax

    Personal Finance

    Sure, we know Florida has regained its status as a hot spot for retirees. Just look at all the boomers pouring into the state by the thousands.

    President Donald Trump, on the front steps of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, saw his wealth drop by $1 billion to $3.5 billion in the 2017 Forbes billionaires survey. [Kevin D. Liles/The New York Times]
  4. FPL's fracking investment bill passes committee despite objections

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A House committee overlooked opposition by residential and commercial utility customers Tuesday and approved a proposal sought by Florida Power & Light to allow the company to expand its rate base by charging customers for investments in natural gas fracking operations in other states.

    Fracking.
  5. Hoodwinked! Lawmaker says prison privatization is scamming Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Numbers don't lie and Florida's private prisons are not saving money as promised, according to an investigation by Rep. David Richardson, a retired forensic auditor.

    Rep. David Richardson, D- Miami Beach, has become a one-man wrecking crew in forcing the state to provide more oversight of its state prisons. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  6. Medical marijuana bill moves in Florida House, but draws critics for being too restrictive

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A powerful Florida House Republican said Tuesday he'll consider revising his plan for medical pot after drawing criticism from marijuana supporters.

    The medical marijuana legislation being shepherded by House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, includes bans on smoking, vaping edibles. Pictured is vials of medical marijuana oil. [Monica Herndon | Tampa Bay Times]