Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Baby boomers are getting older. So are primary-care doctors and nurses. And Florida's population continues to grow. That combination could create a prescription for problems in Florida's health-care system during the next two decades. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Florida's energy efficiency score slipped in the latest national evaluation of state programs released Wednesday, with below average utility and appliance standards as a leading cause of the drop. Though it's overall score fell from 17.5 to 15.5 out of 50 points, the Sunshine State's national rank rose to a tie for 27th from 29th. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Italian company AnsaldoBreda recently won a contract to supply a fleet of metro cars for Metrorail. » More here
On Sept. 1, the Italian Trade Commission opened a full office inside the Italian Consulate in Coral Gables. The office, only the fifth in the U.S., marks a milestone in a relationship that has rapidly grown in importance during the past three years. Full story...
Not long ago, nuclear energy seemed poised to start a much-touted renaissance in the United States. But since then, the industry has seen a dramatic reversal of fortune. And while some environmentalists now argue that nuclear power is needed to head off climate change, the market has become a hostile place. [Source: WTSP/CNN]
Florida community health centers will get $8.3 million in federal funds to expand the number of patients they can treat, U.S. Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. The money is to hire new doctors and nurses, purchase new equipment and lease new clinic space so that another 73,000 Floridians can get health care, officials said. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Florida's coral reefs make a comeback
South Florida's coral reefs, a natural wonder worth more than $6 billion to the local economy, appear to be rebounding after decades of damage, disease and deterioration.
› Red-lights camera challenge goes to Supreme Court
A challenge against red-light cameras goes before the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday, just as a push to do away with them gains ground in the state Legislature.
› Florida House to vote on "stand your ground" repeal
The Republican-controlled Florida House is expected to vote down a bill to repeal the state's contentious "stand your ground" law. It's unusual for the Legislature to schedule a vote on a bill that lacks support from GOP legislators.
› Date set for MLS expansion award to Orlando
Major League Soccer executives are expected to announce on Nov. 19 that Orlando will be its 21st franchise. The announcement would be held in downtown Orlando, with an open invitation to fans of Orlando City Soccer Club to attend and celebrate the team they've supported since it came to town three years ago.
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