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Duke Energy proposal could cost customers more in the long run

Duke Energy Florida on Monday said it wants to suspend most of the remaining nuclear charge on customers' bills for the canceled Levy County nuclear plant until it resolves a half-billion lawsuit …

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At Tampa Bay Technology Forum, it's time to stake a claim as a tech hub

Look out. Swagger is spreading. Just when you thought that the recent regional outbreak of swagger fever had been confined to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and a few area economic development gro …

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Once at vanguard in aging, Florida now leader in racial diversity

A New York economic consultant speaking last month to business leaders in Tampa tried to make a joke about all the "PMS" in the room — a poke at the dominance of "pale, male and stale" aging …

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  1. Report: Lifestyle Lift cosmetic surgery centers considering bankruptcy

    Business

    Lifestyle Lift, a nationwide chain of 50-plus cosmetic surgery centers with locations in Tampa and seven other Florida cities, shut down the majority of its business and said it is considering filing for bankruptcy.

  2. Duke Energy proposal could cost customers more in the long run

    Energy

    Duke Energy Florida on Monday said it wants to suspend most of the remaining nuclear charge on customers' bills for the canceled Levy County nuclear plant until it resolves a half-billion lawsuit over the project's contract.

  3. Nasdaq 5,000: Index passes milestone number

    Markets

    NEW YORK — For the first time since its dot-com era peak nearly 15 years ago, the Nasdaq composite has closed above 5,000. The tech-heavy index closed the day up 44.57 points, or 0.9 percent, at 5,008.10, just 40 points from its March 2000 record.

  4. Lumber Liquidators stands behind products as stock plunges

    Business

    TOANO, Va. — Lumber Liquidators is disputing a 60 Minutes report that raised health concerns about some of its laminate flooring products and pushed its stock price to its lowest level in more than two years.

    Lumber Liquidators, which has 354 stores in the U.S. and Canada, including this one in Lutz, says random testing of its six laminate flooring suppliers in China determined the products were “safe and compliant.”
  5. Still No. 1 in Florida, Publix cracks $30 billion in annual revenues

    Retail

    Publix, still the No. 1 grocery chain in Florida by market share, continued its consistent growth by racking up $30.6 billion in revenues in 2014, a 5.7 percent uptick from its $28.9 billion of 2013.

    Revenues at Publix climbed past $30 billion in 2014. This new Publix store opened at 3700 Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg in October. SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES
  6. Review: Focus found at Pisces Sushi & Global Bistro

    Food & Dining

    CLEARWATER

    Pisces opened toward the end of 2013 and I slipped in to check it out. Although chef James Keene and his wife, Elizabeth, were clearly ambitious and service-oriented, I felt that the menu had too much going on, was trying so hard to be all things to all people that the culinary message was muddled. …

    Pisces Sushi & Global Bistro’s Ragin Cajun roll is spicy crawfish, avocado, topped with poppy seared tuna, Asian tomato salsa, kabayaki, chipotle and masago.
  7. Once at vanguard in aging, Florida now leader in racial diversity

    Business

    A New York economic consultant speaking last month to business leaders in Tampa tried to make a joke about all the "PMS" in the room — a poke at the dominance of "pale, male and stale" aging white guys in the audience. The humor fell flat but also rang true.

  8. Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes' list of billionaires

    Corporate

    NEW YORK — The world's richest person got even richer this year.

    Forbes on Monday said Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates' net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine's list of the world's billionaires for the second consecutive year. [Associated Press]