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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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A Back-to-school Economics Lesson


Seminole County Public School students are back in class today, and kids in neighboring districts will join them next week.  This time of year impacts thousands of families – and the local economy.
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