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MIAMI (AP) — State insurance officials will allow health insurance giant Florida Blue to restructure itself as a not-for-profit mutual insurance holding company. But the Office of Insurance Regulation's order prohibits Florida Blue from selling stock to investors outside of the group.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's unemployment rate is staying flat.

State officials announced Friday that the state's jobless rate has remained at 7.1 percent for the third straight month. The state rate, however, remains below the national unemployment rate of 7.4 percent.

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SunPass Now Available In Rest Area Vending Machines

Aug 13, 2013

Those planning a trip on Florida's major highways have a new way to sign up for the state's electronic toll system.

SunPass can now be purchased at the vending machines at three Official Florida Welcome Centers and an Interstate 4 rest area.

According to a release from Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, the turnpike is offering SunPass transponders in vending machines through a partnership with VISIT FLORIDA, the state's official tourism marketing corporation.

SunPass is currently available for sale in vending machines at the following locations:

Jacksonville Job Openings Up 25 Percent in July

Aug 7, 2013

A new report shows job openings in Jacksonville increased last month.

The city was among 40 of the nation’s top 50 largest metropolitan areas which saw increased postings, according to a report from job search engine Simply Hired.

Jacksonville employers posted 27,876 jobs in July, a more than 25 percent increase over last year.

Across the country, openings increased by 1.8 percent from June and 22.5 percent over July 2012.

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New Jaxport CEO Brian Taylor says things are heading in the right direction at the port.

He says he wants to talk to numerous employees, customers and local leaders as he plots Jaxport’s future.

As he establishes a strategic plan, Taylor says he’ll focus on how to expand Jaxport’s operations of cargo and automobile shipping.

If you’ve been thinking of buying a computer, you might want to wait until next weekend to get it.

Florida’s back-to-school sales-tax holiday runs from Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 4th.  For the first time ever, personal computers and computer accessories are among the items that will be tax free, says John Fleming with the Florida Retail Federation.

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When you think of tech startups, you probably think of Silicon Valley - or cities like New York, Boston, or Austin, Texas - but there’s a new push to bring high tech businesses here to Jacksonville.

The University of North Florida recently created a new Innovation Program. Its goal?

"To bring high-tech jobs to Jacksonville," says director Jerry Merckel.

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The Jax Chamber Board of Directors voted on Friday to urge the Jacksonville City Council not to pass Mayor Alvin Brown's pension reform plan.

Jax Chamber President Daniel Davis said any plan needs to be funded, accountable and predictable. He says the legislation in front of the council doesn't go far enough to do this.

The Chamber's opposition to the plan comes on the heels  of the Jacksonville Civic Council also asking the plan be rejected.

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What should be done with the distressed Regency Mall property in Arlington?

With a 60% occupancy rate, and parts of the mall nearly a ghost town, there's no shortage of ideas.

As city officials and developers meet to discuss future options for the property, callers to First Coast Connect this morning had plenty of thoughts of their own.  Here are a few:

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Going green isn't just for environmentalists anymore.

The move toward sustainability, increasingly, has a strong business case.

That's the idea behind the Northeast Florida Green Chamber, a local chapter of the Green Chamber of the South.

"We are creating a forum for business owners who share an interest in sustainability and social responsibility," says chairperson Helen Rake.

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Software engineers and technical experts from around the world are descending on Atlantic Beach this summer for a new conference featuring big-name speakers from the tech world.

"Code On The Beach" is billed as part sun and fun, part education. "We're getting interest from around the country and overseas," says founder and president Paul Irwin.

Here are the details:

- Conference takes place the weekend of August 16-18, 2013 at One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach

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