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Jobless rate drops to seven-year low, could spur interest rate hike

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to ra …

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FAA: Anticollision systems used by Florida aircraft 'unreliable' due to military activity

The Federal Aviation Administration warned pilots from Key West to Virginia this week that a Navy exercise in coastal waters may make a critical aircraft anticollision system "unreliable" for all …

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After buying up lots of cheap homes to rent, Blackstone eyes an IPO

The giant investment firm Blackstone Group stormed into Tampa Bay and dozens of other markets during the housing collapse several years ago to buy up what is now close to 50,000 cheap homes in ord …

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  1. Celebrating Tampa Bay's growing business innovation: Three case studies

    Business

    Tampa Bay's desire to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial spirit continues to gain ground.

    The inspiration center in the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center in UT?s Innovation and Collaboration Building  Photos of the Sept. 3 2015 official opening of the University of Tampa’s new Innovation and Collaboration Building, the school’s new business building dedicated to entrepreneurship. Photos are courtesy of the University of Tampa and all depict scenes inside (or just outside) the new building during the dedication and open house.  credit: Cliff McBride
  2. Florida first responders get free SeaWorld, Busch Gardens admission in September

    Florida

    Florida's first responders get free admission to both Busch Gardens in Tampa and SeaWorld in Orlando during the month of September, and also can take advantage of a special offer for additional tickets.

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  3. Developer, city of St. Petersburg win Bliss condo lawsuit

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — A judge has ruled in favor of the City of St. Petersburg and developer Brian Taub in a lawsuit alleging that Taub's 18-story Bliss condo tower violates the city's comprehensive plan.

  4. Grocery wars: How many supermarket chains can Florida handle?

    Retail

    The grocery store market in Florida seems as crowded as the line for a Publix sub at lunch time.

    Sprouts Farmers Markets is one of several specialty grocery stores looking to move into an already-crowded grocery landscape in Florida. In this photo, Athena Lakobong, center, stocks cherries at Sprouts recently in Wheat Ridge, Colo. Sprouts (Photo by Anya Semenoff/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
  5. Source of biggest food waste in America? You.

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — The white Thermo King truck idles while Voltario "V" Kelley slides a finger down the day's itinerary: pickups at nine stores, delivery at one church, then back to the distribution center. Tucking the sheaf of papers into the sun visor, he eases the truck out of park and pulls away from Transport Drive at …

    Bill Moore of the Riverview United Methodist Church, left, watches volunteers, from left, Rick Lopez, Dustin Atchley and Jose Sulvaran load up his truck with boxes of food at the Feeding Tampa Bay warehouse near downtown Tampa. Photo by JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times