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A consortium of Florida taxi companies and an Uber customer have filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for not testing measuring devices used by ride share app drivers with companies like Uber and Lyft the same we traditional taxi service meters are checked.  Last week, the Tallahassee-based Andrews Law Firm filed a second lawsuit against the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles claiming the state doesn’t require app-based transportation services to carry proper liability insurance.  

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Local economic experts say Southwest Florida’s economy is experiencing a continued trend of positive growth.  The unemployment rate state-wide decreased another 0.2 percent in July down to 5.4 percent.  Other economic indicators such as taxable sales and demand for goods and building materials also point to a healthy regional economy.  

Florida doctors can soon order medical marijuana for their patients. The law goes into effect at the start of next year.

But so far, only a few dozen doctors have signed up.

Direct Flights Start Between Orlando and Dubai

Sep 1, 2015
Adrian Pingstone

A plane carrying 300 passengers is expected to touch down at Orlando International Airport this morning from Dubai. The flight marks the launch of daily trips on Emirates airlines.

The Dubai-based company expects the 15-and-a-half-hour non-stop flight to encourage Floridians to venture overseas, and to bring more business to Central Florida from Asia and Africa. Emirates vice president of sales Matthias Schmid.

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On July 2, the federal government and the Gulf Coast states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas announced an $18.7 billion dollar settlement for claims against BP related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  If approved by a judge, it would be the largest environmental settlement and the largest civil settlement with any single entity in U.S. history.  Florida’s share of the settlement totals $3.25 billion. Florida’s $2 billion allocation for economic loss claims is more than any other state received with the additional $1.25 billion going toward addressing environmental damage.

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