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Briefs: News of the business week ahead

News of the business week to come



NEWS during a conference call with investors and reporters at 8:30 a.m. today. The world's largest retailer kicked off price competition for generic drugs when it introduced its $4 prescription plan more than a year ago starting with a pilot

program in Tampa. Now, Wal-Mart's president of health and wellness, Dr. John Agwunobi, and Bill Simon, chief operating officer of Wal-Mart Stores, promise another plan for driving costs out of health care.

FRESH FROM REPORTING EARNINGS, TECO Energy, parent of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas, will host a Web cast presentation to the financial community at the American Gas Association Financial Forum at 2:20 p.m. today. Listen in at TECO told investors last week that Tampa Electric is facing its slowest growth in a decade in tandem with the slumping housing market.

DOLPHIN HEARING IN MANATEE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH EITHER ANIMAL. Port Dolphin LLC wants to build an offshore liquified natural gas terminal that will float in the Gulf of Mexico about 28 miles from Tampa's coastline. The Maritime Administration and the Coast Guard will host a hearing Tuesday at the Manatee Convention Center,

1 Haben Blvd., in Palmetto. An open house starts at

3 p.m., and the hearing begins at 5 p.m.


The utility will host a

10 a.m. conference call to discuss first-quarter results. Investors, media and the public can call (913) 312-0694, confirmation code 6840811. Or you can click on


the "Pure & Shameless" technology social will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Blue Martini at International Plaza. To register and get details, visit www.HotSpaces.Net/


Fifteen startup

companies will be presenting at the first Early Stage Venture Capital conference sponsored by Florida Venture Forum on May 16. To save on registration costs, sign up by Friday ( The daylong event will be at OmniChampionsGate in Orlando, with seminars in the morning and company presentations in the afternoon. AquaVentus, a St. Petersburg company that has developed a process to convert air into water, will be one of the startups looking for investors.

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