Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida Today
› First lady announces new hiring push for vets
First lady Michelle Obama chose a naval station in the electoral battleground of Florida to announce Wednesday that 2,000 businesses around the country have hired or trained more than 125,000 military veterans and spouses in the past year, exceeding a White House goal of 100,000 by the end of next year.
› New owners of BankAtlantic to cut 365 employees
The new owners of Fort Lauderdale-based BankAtlantic plan to lay off 365 people, or about one third of the bank's employees, between October and Feb. 1. Financial giant BB&T, which acquired BankAtlantic three weeks ago, announced the layoff plan in a notification to the state released on Wednesday.
› Orlando OKs economic incentives for 2 companies
The city of Orlando this week approved more than $140,000 in economic incentives for two health-care-related companies poised to bring jobs and growth to the city. Benecard Services Inc., an in-house prescription-benefit administrator based in Lawrenceville, N.J., and Mazor Robotics Ltd., an Israeli medical-robotics distributor, both had their incentive petitions granted Monday by the City Council.
› Existing single-family home sales rose in Miami-Dade and Broward in July
The price of a single family home in Miami-Dade rose 2.8 percent to $185,000 in July from a year earlier, marking the eighth consecutive month of rising prices and providing further evidence of recovery in the battered housing market.
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