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 Humana shares soared well beyond all-time high prices Friday afternoon on speculation that the company, one of the nation's biggest health insurers and Florida's largest Medicare HMO company, might be up for sale.

Analysts have been discussing for a few weeks the possibility that large health insurers flush with cash may be hunting for a big acquisition. Deal-friendly low interest rates and expectations for another wave of consolidation also are fueling the speculation.

Film Industry Leaders Push For Incentives

May 26, 2015
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Film industry leaders are making another push to get an incentives deal through the Florida legislature. They’re banking on its inclusion in a tax package when lawmakers return to Tallahassee for a special session next week.

Film incentives bills - designed to lure production to Florida - died in the House and Senate when the regular session ended early. But Representative Mike Miller, who sponsored the House Bill, says there’s still hope.

“What is still alive is the incentives program through the tax package that has been presented in the call by the speaker of the house and the senate president”, said Miller.

Miller says the current incentives program - which ran out of money - would be extended by one year. He says lawmakers first have to settle major issues like healthcare.

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Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but it ranks nowhere near the top when it comes to home solar systems.

A February article by Bloomberg Business says Florida is fifteenth in the country for those systems, trailing behind states like Texas and California.

The answer as to why Florida is not capitalizing on sunshine comes back to policy and cost. We’re joined by a panel of guests looking at solar power policies in Florida, how large state utilities are thinking about solar, and a coalition of people trying to get solar on the ballot.

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Sun Country Airlines’ held its inaugural flight from Fort Myers to San Juan, Puerto Rico this week. There was a small reception at the terminal where Puerto Rican food was served. Vice President of sales at Sun Country airlines Eric Curry spoke.

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Sanibel City Hall overflowed Tuesday with residents commenting on a new restaurant they say could change the island just a little too much.

In most places in rapidly growing Southwest Florida an application for a 250 seat restaurant would pass almost unnoticed.

But Sanibel Island  aims to be a sanctuary  with residents fiercely protective of  its image as an unspoiled paradise.