Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
The monthly unemployment rate holds almost mythical importance as a barometer for the health of the U.S. economy. But what if it’s not telling us what we thought? Economists still view the monthly jobless rate – 7.2 percent in September – as an important guidepost, but many question whether it tells the whole story. [Source: McClatchy]
These should be heady days for Florida Democrats. As they gather to talk, plan and party at their 2014 campaign kickoff in Orlando this weekend, they've got momentum from the debt-ceiling battle in Washington and a Republican governor with low poll numbers, experts say. The problem is, they're still waiting on candidates — and money. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Several projects aimed at fixing Florida’s water quality problems are on their way to getting approved by Congress. Even though federal water bills are supposed to pass every two years, this bill is the first in five years. The $6 billion bill authorizes a lot of important water projects in Florida. [Source: WGCU]
» Water projects flow despite tea party
According to IBM, the company has entered into a partnership with the Fort Lauderdale PD to integrate new data and analytics tools into everyday crime fighting. The new projects will use pattern recognition and anomaly detection tech on existing records like 911 calls, crime records, and building permit activity. [Source: Fast Company]
State regulators approved the construction of a third major natural gas pipeline Thursday that will increase Florida's capacity by 20 percent at a cost of $3 billion. The unanimous vote by the five member state Public Service Commission clears the first of two major hurdles for the new system that is projected to come on line in 2017. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Nationals claim Space Coast Stadium overdue for fixes
Brevard County officials have been trying to persuade the Washington Nationals to remain in Viera for spring training but condition of Space Coast Stadium is at the center of problems between the team and the county.
› Marlins under investigation for federal wage violations
Two Major League Baseball clubs – the San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins – are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor for possible federal wage law violations.
› Amazon warehouses don't end online sales-tax fight
The confirmation by Amazon.com that it will build a pair of huge distribution centers along the Interstate 4 corridor means that sometime in the next two years Floridians will have to start paying sales taxes on purchases from the online retail giant.
› Hot burger chain aims for expansion
Burger 21, a fast-casual hamburger concept founded by the owners of The Melting Pot, has signed a new franchise agreement in the Pompano Beach area.
» Partnerships and Collaborations: Winning Recipes for Restaurateurs
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