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  1. Port Tampa Bay well positioned for the future, CEO says

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — The state of Port Tampa Bay is good, CEO Paul Anderson said, and it's getting better.

    Tampa Port Authority Chief Executive Officer Paul Anderson announces the new name of the port as Port Tampa Bay. It was announced during the State of the Port meeting held in Cruise Terminal 2 on Wednesday 1/22/14
  2. 2015 Super Bowl commercials have Kim Kardashian, implied nudity … but little buzz (w/video)

    Retail

    When you pony up $4.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl commercial — this year's whopper price to plug away, some $500,000 more than 2014 — you'd probably like a little hype, some bang-for-your-buck hullabaloo leading into the big game.

    Kim Kardashian stars in a Super Bowl ad for T-Mobile. This year’s ads cost $4.5 million for a 30-second spot during Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, up $500,000 from the price for last year’s Super Bowl.
  3. Reports show growing financial squeeze for most Florida workers

    Personal Finance

    Economists pinpoint the end of the Great Recession as 2009, but for most Floridians, the financial squeeze has only gotten worse.

  4. Target's new line of plus-size clothes has blogger support

    Retail

    MINNEAPOLIS

    Her Target boycott was short-lived.

    Chastity Garner Valentine, a prolific fashion blogger with 68,000 followers on Instagram, was so fed up when she found out that the designer partnership Target announced in August would not — once again — have clothes in plus sizes that she …

    Comments by Chastity Garner Valentine, center, on social media influenced Target to bring her on board, along with two other women, Gabi Gregg, left, and Nicolette Mason. The three represent Ava & Viv, Target’s new plus-size clothing line.
  5. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5, Jan. 29-Feb. 4

    Events

    1 Young Eagles Flight Rally: Let the kids get behind the controls of a plane? Why not? Kids ages 8 to 17 can actually take flight and explore the world of aviation for free. Volunteer pilots will take children on a 15-minute flight. Each young "pilot" gets one-on-one time with pilots to learn how airplanes work …

    Pilot Jim Porter, with the Clearwater’s chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, left, flies a Cessna 175 Skylark with 8-year-old Colby Koberna of Clearwater during the EAA’s Young Eagles Flight Rally in 2011.
  6. Homeowners insurance: Floridians pay more than double U.S. average

    Banking

    It's still more expensive to buy homeowners insurance in Florida than anywhere else in the country.

    The Suncoast Gateway Mobile Village in Port Richey is flooded after Tropical Storm Debby in 2012. Florida has become the first state to cross the $2,000 mark in average premiums for homeowners insurance policies.
  7. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 Jan. 22-28

    Events

    1 Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza: A kids parade is part of this more-sedate version of Gasparilla, held since 1947 the weekend before the boozy bead-dazzled bacchanal on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. Things start off at 11 a.m. Saturday with a bicycle and safety rodeo, followed by the Preschooler's Stroll at …

    Kids will get to explore and get on an array of vehicles at the Touch A Truck event Saturday at Largo Central Park.
  8. Buckhorn vows (again) to fix downtown streetcar

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn has vowed to save downtown's struggling streetcar — once again.

    Tampa’s struggling downtown trolley hasn’t seen any funding from the Port Authority since 2012.
  9. Speculation grows that Kroger will buy Winn-Dixie to enter Florida

    Retail

    Monday proved to be a slow day for economic news, owing to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. But it was a good day for business rumors.

    A Cincinnati Business Courier report noting that expansion-minded Kroger, the nation’s second-largest supermarket company, lacks a Florida presence was picked up in recent days by some Florida publications, which suggested Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie was a logical target.
  10. Why you shouldn't wait on those zero percent credit cards

    Personal Finance

    If you're counting on a zero percent credit card to help you clear your debt, you better stop dragging your feet. Many of those credit card offers, which let consumers transfer balances interest free to a new account for a set period of time, come with a deadline that most consumers don't know about, according to a new …