Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Main Street 'damage done' as government reopens
For businesses across the nation, a deal to reopen the government and extend its borrowing authority is getting scant cheers from Main Street. While the agreement brings relief for furloughed workers, many smaller merchants are wondering what's fundamentally changed with the fiscal deal. More at CNBC.
Report: Cruise lines can do more to reduce environmental footprint
While many cruise lines are adopting more eco-friendly measures and outfitting new and older ships with advanced technology to reduce vessels' environmental footprints, more needs to be done, according to a report released Wednesday. Some operators continue to lag in reducing air and water pollution in the destinations their ships visit or where they are based. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Trade partners: United Arab Emirates
The nation is Florida’s No. 17 export partner. In 2012, Florida’s trade with the UAE — in imported and exported goods — was worth $2.4 billion, more than 2½ times its worth in 2010. Full story...
Many left frustrated with state unemployment benefits website
The day after Florida launched a $63 million website to process unemployment benefits for thousands of residents, state officials sounded only positive notes. It had processed about 50,000 claims in two days and workers fielded thousands of calls. Yet it’s not clear how the website is handling the demand of a system with 235,000 claimants. More at the Times/Herald.
UCF grad's idea could rev up consumer batteries
Brandon Lojewski's mad-scientist routine began quietly in a college engineering lab in Orlando. Four years later, the 25-year-old's project at UCF has morphed into a high-tech-startup business that could play a key role in revving up battery power in everything from iPhones to Teslas. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
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