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Florida Power & Light asks PSC to lower consumer energy bills

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Florida’s largest electric utility is asking the state for permission to cut energy bills for most of its 4.7 million customers. Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today filed updated fuel cost projections for 2015 with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), requesting to reduce customer rates beginning May 1, thanks primarily to projected savings on natural gas costs. If approved by the PSC, FPL’s typical 1,000-kilowatt-hour residential customer bill would decrease by $3.00 a month. With this reduction, FPL’s typical bill…

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Florence Snyder: Postcard from Red Hills Horse Trials

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Tallahassee’s Red Hills Horse Trials isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for working-class people looking to spend a spring afternoon outdoors with the kids. It’s easy to feel intimidated by a United States Equestrian Association event that attracts an international crowd of die-hard members of the horsey set. But the “suggested donation” of $15 is a whole lot less than a day at Disney. And the look on children’s faces as they sit on a family picnic blanket watching…

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A round-up of Sunday editorials from Florida’s leading newspapers

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A round-up of Sunday editorials from Florida’s leading newspapers: Tampa Bay Times — Real protection for water up to Florida Senate The water bill that the Florida House rammed through as its first order of business last week was lauded by supporters as a forward-looking, measured approach to managing the state’s natural resources. It is no such thing. The legislation (HB 7003) is a relief act for farmers and developers masquerading as water policy that doesn’t address the past or…

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Spring forward: Daylight saving time returning to most of U.S.

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A sure sign that spring’s on the horizon: One hour less shut-eye Saturday night no matter when you turn out the lights. Most people in the U.S. are supposed to push the clock forward by 60 minutes before heading to bed Saturday night. Daylight saving time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday local time. You may have lost a bit of sleep, but in the months ahead you’ll gain an extra hour of sunlight in the evenings. It’s also a…

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Can Etsy keep its folksy brand and make shareholders money?

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If craft seller Etsy goes public later this year it will be a test of how well the company can balance an explicit social mission with shareholder expectations for making money. Founded in 2005, Brooklyn-based Etsy sells everything from a $110,000 antique desk from the 1800s to a $20 handmade antler pendant, and everything in between. In 10 years it’s grown from a scrappy startup offering craftspeople a way to sell necklaces and needlepoint online to a marketplace of 54…

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3 reasons Apple’s watch will (or won’t) change the game

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No one can argue that Apple has changed the way people live their lives. The company’s iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide. Is the Apple Watch going to be able to do the same? The stakes are big for Apple CEO Tim Cook: the watch is the first brand-new Apple product to be launched without legendary co-founder Steve Jobs. But the market is awash in smartwatches that have gained little traction. Here…

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ICYMI: HuffPo features Lauren Book’s latest publication

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For most people, organizing a multi-city walk from Key West to the Capitol would be plenty enough. For most, the stress of organizing literally hundreds of volunteers, in places as disparate as Palm Beach and Perry, would check the “I’m kind of busy” box. But Lauren Book is not “most people.” She is in the Big Apple this week promoting the release of her second book, Lauren’s Kingdom – a children’s book designed to help kids spot the signs of…

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