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FL Scripps Ponders California Partner

Jupiter’s Scripps Research Institute is considering partnering with the University of Southern California, but says it won’t affect its research center in Florida, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

In 2003, the Florida Legislature offered more than $300 million to persuade California-based Scripps to open the biomedical research center in Palm Beach County. Local governments also invested nearly $200 million, the Sun Sentinel reports. Scripps officials told the Sun Sentinel any potential partnership with USC would not affect its presence in Florida.

In other business news,the publicly-owned Bert Fish Medical Center has identified five health care providers interested in a potential merger, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. The independent hospital has spent nearly $1 million to find a partner in this, its third merger attempt, the News-Journal reports.

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