Pension reform, University of Florida, and tourism are in the headlines today.
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Jax pension task force to examine $1.7 billion hole: The Jacksonville Retirement Reform Task Force will meet this afternoon to look at options for paying the city's $1.7 billion unfunded liability to the city's Police and Fire Pension Fund. (Florida Times-Union)
University of Florida receives historic donation: Al Warrington IV, founder the company that became Waste Management Inc. among others, and his wife committed $75 million to the University of Florida, the largest gift in the university's history. (Jacksonville Business Journal)
Harsh winter weather disrupting Florida tourism, boost expected next month: March is expected be a good month for Florida tourism after a series of storms disrupted plans and stifled visitors over the last few months. (My Fox Tampa)
Funeral for FSU student held Sunday: A memorial mass was held yesterday for Florida State University student Ryan Uhre, who was found dead in an abandoned building in Tallahassee last week after disappearing on Super Bowl Sunday. (Local 10)
Hillary Clinton to speak at University of Miami: Former secretary of state and New York senator Hillary Clinton will address students, faculty and guests at the University of Miami on Wednesday. (AP)
Gators basketball poised to take #1 poll spot: Following losses by Syracuse, the University of Florida is expected to top the AP's college basketball poll this week. (USA Today)
Today on First Coast Connect, University of North Florida pollster and political science professor Dr. Michael Binder discusses the latest results on where voters stand on local elections and issues.