5 things to know in Florida for Feb. 14

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Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

PANEL: 1 FLORIDA UNIVERSITY SHOULD TAKE ONLINE LEAD

A Board of Governors committee is recommending that one of Florida's state universities should take the lead on online learning for the entire system. The Strategic Planning Committee agreed on that proposal Wednesday in Gainesville after listening to a presentation on the University of Florida's online strategies.

PUBLIX TO OFFER DIGITAL COUPONS

Publix Supermarkets is about to take a huge leap into the world of digital couponing. The grocery giant is launching an online system this week that lets shoppers browse hundreds of relatively higher-value coupons online, virtually clip them out, and redeem the discounts automatically at the checkout lane.

SCOTT WANTS $4.5 MIL TO HELP TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

Gov. Rick Scott wants to earmark roughly $4.5 million in the state budget to fight human trafficking and help victims recover in a safe place after they're rescued. The bulk of the money will create 30 rape crisis centers statewide and help improve law enforcement response to crimes of rape and sexual abuse.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR TO LEAD TRADE MISSION TO PARIS

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading on another trade mission, and this time he's going to Paris. The state's jobs development agency announced Wednesday that Scott will lead a delegation of aviation, aerospace and defense firms to the 50th International Paris Air Show in June. Scott last year attended an air show held in the United Kingdom.

DOH WANTS TO REVOKE MIAMI DOC'S LICENSE

State health officials are recommending that the Board of Medicine revoke the medical license of a Miami doctor who prescribed about 96,685 mental health drugs to Medicaid patients in 18 months. Florida Department of Health officials recommended last month that the Board of Medicine reprimand, fine or limit Dr. Fernando Mendez Villamil's practice.

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