Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Morning Briefs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Morning Briefs

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FOX BUSINESS NETWORK PART OF COMCAST DIGITAL

Comcast Corp. has added Fox Business Network, which debuted Monday, to its Jacksonville lineup.

The new business channel, which competes with CNBC, may be seen on digital cable channel 106.

The deal with Comcast pushes the company closer to its goal of 30 million possible subscribers. As well as other cable services, the channel is carried on DirecTV, the satellite service controlled by Fox parent News Corp.

Timothy Gibbons/The Times-Union

STATE'S MINIMUM WAGE WILL INCREASE JAN. 1

Florida's minimum wage will rise from the current $6.67 an hour to $6.79 an hour on Jan. 1, the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation said Monday. The increase is based on the 1.85 percent increase in the federal consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers in the South region for the 12-month period ended Sept. 1.

The Florida rate is higher than the federal minimum wage, which is $5.85 and is scheduled to rise to $6.55 on July 24, the agency said. Employers must pay workers at the Florida minimum wage for all hours worked in Florida.

Mark Basch/The Times-Union

PETERBROOKE FEATURED ON CNBC PROGRAM

Peterbrooke Chocolatier, a locally headquartered chain of sweet shops, will be featured in a three-minute segment on CNBC's business show Power Lunch.

The segment will air Wednesday at noon and will focus on Peterbrooke's rapid national expansion through franchising, according to company spokesman Chris Sams. (The company has sold 34 franchises in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina within two years.) When the CNBC crew filmed the segment two weeks ago, the cameras filmed tours of the San Marco production center and a franchise on Hodges Boulevard, Sams said.

Diana Middleton/The Times-Union

'FIRST' BOOMER APPLIES FOR SOCIAL SECURITY

The baby boomers' stampede for Social Security benefits has begun. …

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