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Aflac Buys Tampa Insurer Argus Holdings

Jul 16, 2019
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By Bradley George

Aflac is buying Argus Holdings, a dental and vision insurance company headquarted in Tampa, for $75 million.  

The Florida Department of Transportation is working on new technology that will detect wrong way drivers on Florida highways. An increase in wrong way collisions has lead to the Howard Frankland Bridge being chosen for the upcoming pilot test.

Local philanthropist and entrepreneur Dr. Kiran Patel has invested $60 million dollars in a medical device company that plans to relocate its headquarters to Tampa.


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An orchid grower and investors spent nearly $800,000 to purchase property in Pinellas County they believed would give them a leg up in obtaining a highly sought-after medical marijuana license.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Police Chief Brian Dugan announced plans Thursday to commemorate Autism Awareness Month. Their new program, "Help Us, Help You" is an online special needs registry for first responders in the city of Tampa.

Buckhorn announced in his State of the City address last year that he wants to make Tampa one of the first cities in America to be designated as autism friendly. This registry is the next step in his initiative.

The Tampa City Council Thursday took the first of two votes on a proposed ordinance regulating the sale of medical marijuana inside city limits.

A handful of residents living near the Tampa Sports Authority's Babe Zaharias golf course are protesting the application of the fumigant "Curfew," which is set for Tuesday, May 9. They say the insecticide, which is being used to control nematodes, can be harmful to people and animals. 

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Spanish speakers in the Tampa area have a new health care provider that they can understand.

Located on West Hillsborough Avenue, CliniSanitas calls itself Tampa's first multicultural medical center.

A new medical marijuana dispensary could be up and running in Tampa as soon as next week.

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Florida's Department of Health has granted its second dispensing authorization for medical marijuana and its location will be in Tampa.

The University of South Florida has already received $17 million from state lawmakers for a new building that would house its medical school and heart health institute in downtown Tampa. 

Now comes word that university officials are going to seek an additional $22.5 million for the project in the next fiscal year - money they say they likely can't finance the project without.

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Three Florida cities have been named the least walkable metro areas in the country, according to a new study released by the George Washington University School of Business and nonprofit group Smart Growth America.

Orlando was last in the ranking of 30 metropolitan areas. Tampa was only slightly better, at 28th. Miami came in at 23rd.

More than 550 wheelchair athletes are in Tampa for the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games.  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, public places have to be accessible to them. But one group of athletes from South Florida found some places are more accommodating than others. 

Shannon Buchholz traveled from Aventura with a group of athletes that included her husband Harvey, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a motorized wheelchair. Shannon said she made a reservation for 10, including four people in wheelchairs and one service dog, at Bern's on Saturday night after opening ceremonies for the games. 

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The Florida Dental Association, a statewide association representing 6,300 Florida-licensed dentists, has selected Dr. Terry Buckenheimer for its 2013-2014 president.

Dr. Buckenheimer, a University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine graduate, set up his general dentistry practice in Tampa in 1980. Although he sold the practice in 2010, he still remains active in the Tampa office, according to a news release.

He’s been a member of the American Dental Association for more than 30 years. He currently serves on that dental society’s Board of Trustees.

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A shortage of primary care doctors exists across much of Florida, not just in small, rural counties, the Associated Press reports. According to federal data, communities in Miami, Tampa and Orlando don’t have enough primary care physicians, either. 

In 1979, a federal court in Tampa granted an injunction that ordered federal health officials to keep secret the  amount that Medicare pays doctors.  Now that ruling has been overturned.

That secrecy has reigned nationwide all these years -- even after the Wall Street Journal crunched data and published articles that showed certain physicians were almost certainly committing fraud and collecting unearned sums at taxpayers' expense.