Regulators consider Duke nuclear costs
TALLAHASSEE -- State utility regulators are considering a settlement with Duke Energy over its shuttered nuclear power plants.
The Florida Public Service Commission spent several hours Wednesday discussing the proposal. It requires customers over the next several years to keep paying for Duke Energy Florida's plant in Crystal River, as well as a proposed plant in Levy County.
A final vote could come Thursday.
The Charlotte, N.C.-based company announced earlier this year it was closing the Crystal River nuclear plant and that it was abandoning plans to build the Levy County plant.
The state's consumer advocate recommended regulators approve the settlement because it would bring stability to rates.
But Rep. Dwight Dudley showed up at the PSC meeting to blast the settlement. He said Duke Energy ratepayers were getting ripped off.
Lockheed layoffs to affect Florida workers
Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to hand out pink slips to about 600 workers across the country in its Mission Systems and Training division, which includes its Orlando simulation operation, the company said Wednesday.
Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed plans to notify the affected workers on Nov. 6. No details were available regarding how many jobs would be lost in Orlando or any other specific site of Mission Systems and Training, which is based in Washington, D.C.
The cutback would be a reduction of nearly 4 percent of the division's 16,000 employees, spokesman Keith Little confirmed. The division employs about 1,700 at its Orlando training solutions business. It has sites across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.
Lockheed cited military spending uncertainty, certain contract award delays and increased competition in the defense industry.
Taste of Manatee returns for its 27th year
The Taste of Manatee is returning for its 27th year Nov. 2 and 3.
Celebrations kickoff on from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 and continue through from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3. This year's Taste of Manatee will be held at the Bradenton Riverwalk at Rossi Park, along the Manatee River.
The Taste of Manatee features food from more than 25 local restaurants. There will be live music all weekend, plus a special children's stage. Admission is free.
Beer and win is available at the Tiki Bar Tent There will be many arts and crafts booths. Live bands will be playing throughout the two days and the Amphitheater will feature numerous children's performances and shows. Large-screen TVs will broadcast sports.
The Taste of Manatee is hosted by the Rotary Club of West Bradenton and supports many local charities and nonprofits. For more information on the Taste of Manatee or The Rotary Club of West Bradenton, call 941-323-3936 or visit TasteOfManatee.com.
-- Herald staff and wire reports