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Florida adds 30,600 jobs in March but unemployment rate stays flat

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Florida's crop of new craft distilleries stands ready to sell more liquor

Feeling thirsty? It's looking as if Florida drinkers may have something to celebrate when a measure moving through the Legislature loosens purchase restrictions at craft breweries. But it's …

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Big properties hold big opportunities in North Pinellas

STORY BY Keyonna Summers | PHOTOS BY JIM DAMASKE | Times staff For some, it was the recession. For others, it was hellish road construction. A few say it was sim …

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  1. Be ready for the home equity loan 'reset'

    Personal Finance

    A decade ago, when home values were soaring, many homeowners financed all sorts of spending using home equity lines of credit, often borrowed in addition to a mortgage.

    A banner encouraging home equity lines of credit and loans is seen on the roof of a U.S. Bank in 2007 in Alameda, Calif.  
  2. 6 ways you're sabotaging your credit repair efforts

    If your credit is severely damaged because you filed for bankruptcy or for any other reason, you can still take steps to repair it. In order to do so, though, you need to steer clear of these common pitfalls.

    FAILING TO BUDGET

  3. Greek debt fears rock global markets, contribute to U.S. selloff

    Markets

    NEW YORK — Fear that Greece could default on its debt and abandon the euro rattled global financial markets Friday.

  4. Hybrid businesses that mix food, drinks and shopping are on the rise

    Retail

    OVIEDO — In this city outside Orlando, shoppers can grab a coffee while getting a bike repaired. Java lovers can browse modern furniture for sale. And happy-hour customers at a brewery are free to take in and even buy local art or partake in a painting class.

    Anna Lovelace makes a tiramisu latte at Velo Creek Bike and Brew in Oviedo. The store is a full-service bike shop and coffee shop. “They kind of support each other,” said owner Thad Daughtery, who runs the business with his wife, Kristina.
  5. St. Petersburg debuts solar-powered charging stations

    Environment

    ST. PETERSBURG — The solar-powered charging stand at Crescent Lake Dog Park was getting plenty of energy Friday morning under a sun already hot enough that Mayor Rick Kriseman's brief remarks were accompanied by thirsty dogs slurping at a nearby water fountain.

    Dogs and their owners mill about near the solar-powered charging stand at Crescent Lake Dog Park on Friday. Five stations, capable of charging cellphones and tablets even on cloudy days, thanks to a battery, are now available, including at Vinoy Park, Lake Vista and Walter Fuller dog parks. The charging stations cost about $2,500 and were built by city workers from a design by St. Petersburg’s Sunsure.
  6. Trigaux: A deeper bench of Tampa Bay startups, but entrepreneurs still voice needs

    Business

    Regional leaders have spent several productive years building a better place for business startups, which led us to ask a range of area entrepreneurs: What's high on your wish lists?

    Here are their top three needs:

    
  7. Lazarus column: No reason flying coach can't be at least a little comfortable

    Airlines

    Airlines are increasingly missing scheduled takeoffs and landings, losing travelers' bags and overbooking flights, according to a report released this week.

  8. Verizon FiOS customers will have more choices for TV viewing

    Business

    Starting Sunday, Verizon will offer new FiOS TV packages giving customers more flexibility to purchase only certain groups of channels they want to watch. Called FiOS Custom TV, it's the latest sign of how pay-TV providers are adapting to rising entertainment competition and trying to appease customers contemplating …