Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida ranks third in population growth
New estimates released by the U.S. Census Thursday shows Florida grew by 235,000 residents. Florida trailed only Texas and California in sheer numeric growth. That made Florida the ninth fastest-growing state from July 2011 to July 2012. North Dakota grew the fastest. More at the AP.
Darden shifts course to focus on deals
After new ad campaigns touting the quality of its food failed to spark sales, the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster is retooling its strategy to attract diners with more promotional deals. The shift comes after Darden Restaurants Inc. earlier this fall moved to update the image of its flagship chains and appeal to younger diners in their 20s and 30s, who increasingly prize fresh, high-quality ingredients. More at the Palm Beach Post.
Most Floridians against charging tuition based on majors
Florida voters are overwhelmingly against charging college tuition based on what people study, skeptical that degrees can be offered for $10,000 and strongly against setting different educational goals based on race, a new poll has found. More at the Orlando Sentinel. See the poll results from Quinnipiac University.
Tropicana gives $1.5M for UF citrus research
Tropicana Products Inc. will give $1.5 million to the University of Florida to endow a professorship focused on conducting citrus research. The Tropicana Professorship for Florida Citrus Innovation will focus, in part, on research to make the state's citrus industry more sustainable. More at the Bradenton Herald and UF News.
Florida companies employ 36,500 connected to ‘unconventional’ energy technologies
Even as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and other “unconventional” oil and gas production methods remain a divisive issue in the U.S., about 36,500 jobs in Florida this year were connected to those industries. More at the Jacksonville Business Journal.
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