Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida joins lawsuit against federal gun restrictions
Florida is supporting a National Rifle Association challenge of a federal law restricting young adults from purchasing guns. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined 22 other attorneys general in signing onto a brief intended to bolster the NRA's case. The gun rights organization wants the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a federal law restricting people ages 18, 19 and 20 from buying handguns. More at the Miami Herald.
Orlando’s tourism industry comes together for electric vehicle program
Orlando’s hotels, attractions and travel services providers have come together to launch Drive Electric Orlando, a program that will try to encourage visitors to rent an electric car. More at the Orlando Business Journal.
AutoNation new vehicle sales up 32 percent in August
Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation reported its best August for new vehicle sales in a decade. The company sold a whopping 32 percent more new vehicles this August than last year, marking its strongest performance for the month since 2003, according to a statement early Thursday. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Miami targets venture capital magnet
Local venture capital firms, angel investors and academics are building a system — both independently and sometimes working together — where promising and established entrepreneurs have ways to find the cash they need to make their business plans become a reality. More at Miami Today.
Big casino companies quiet as gambling debate set to begin
Las Vegas-style mega casinos have long wanted to build in South Florida, making big promises of jobs and more tax dollars for public schools. But now, as the Legislature prepares to begin hearings later this month on the future of gambling, the so-called "destination casinos" are silent. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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