Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Job openings rise in August, but hiring flat
U.S. employers advertised more jobs in August but hiring was essentially flat, further evidence of a job market that has weakened after a promising start to the year. The Labor Department said Thursday that job postings rose 75,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 million in August. More at the AP.
Private firm selling flood insurance in Florida
For thousands of homeowners facing steep increases in federal flood insurance premiums, there may be a glimmer of hope from the private market. A Gainesville-based insurance agency announced this week it will offer a lower-priced alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program. More at Suncoast News.
Florida students beat world averages but lag leaders
Florida's eighth-graders held their own on international math and science tests but fell far short of the marks posted by top-performing nations and U.S. states, according to a new study released today. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Look who's betting on Florida's gambling future
Legal gambling has brought in millions of dollars to the state of Florida. But it's money that could be at risk if the state does not strike a new casino deal with the Seminole Indians over an exclusive arrangement that limits competition toward certain gambling operations managed by the Native American nation. More at WLRN.
South Florida maker movement grows
Often combining technology, the creative arts and entrepreneurship, these maker spaces are an outgrowth of a movement that has been spreading around the country and, recently, to South Florida. More at the Miami Herald.
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