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SunRail to Run Slightly Later


Catching the last SunRail train will soon be easier.  Starting August 25, the last SunRail train will run 15 minutes later to accommodate healthcare workers.  The northbound line will stop at Orlando Health at 7:37 p.m., instead of 7:22 p.m.  It will reach the Florida Hospital at 7:49 p.m. The change is for healthcare workers who work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Jody Barry is Florida Hospital’s director of strategic development.  He says nurses on that shift need extra time to catch the train. “We have what we call a hand-off period, where the two nurses discuss what’s going on with patients. You know, Mr. Smith has this going on, and Mr. Jones has that going on,” he says.  …
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“Bad Luck” Behind Four Hurricanes of ’04


Ten years ago Wednesday Hurricane Charley came ashore in southwest Florida. It was Friday the 13th, and the Category 4 hurricane sped up the state’s center through Orlando, leaving a trail of $15 billion in damage. 90.7’s Amy Green talked with Stephen Leatherman, a hurricane expert at Florida International University, about what would be the first of four hurricanes to strike the state in seven weeks. Leatherman began by explaining the unique weather conditions of Florida’s infamous 2004 hurricane season.
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Another $1 Million for Ailing Indian River Lagoon


The ailing Indian River Lagoon is getting another million dollars in improvements. The money will go toward locally proposed projects. The projects include shoreline stabilization, public education and street improvements aimed at treating storm water runoff. The Environmental Protection Agency will provide nearly $600,000. The rest will be local matching funds. Recipients include Cape Canaveral, the University of Central Florida, Brevard Zoo and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The Indian River Lagoon stretches the length of nearly half of Florida’s East Coast. Widespread water quality problems have killed off pelicans, dolphins and manatees and more than half of the lagoon’s sea grass.
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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Commentary | Checking the Math on Healthcare Costs


Recent analysis from the state shows healthcare premiums under the Affordable Care Act could rise in Florida, but White House analysis of the same data shows out-of-pocket costs could drop.  90.7 Economic Analyst Hank Fishkind sorts through the numbers with 90.7’s Amy Kiley.  He starts with the larger question, not of healthcare premiums, but of healthcare costs.  You can hear his commentaries on the Central Florida economy every Tuesday morning at 7:33.
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