September 30, 2014

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 7/16/2014

Florida among most popular states for workers

Apparently, people really love to work in Florida — and many more would love the chance to do so. Florida is the No. 2 state for job seekers, behind only Texas, while the least popular states to seek jobs are South Dakota, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Vermont and New Mexico . Read more at the Orlando Business Journal and Marketwatch.


No longer niche, local foods becoming big business

Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions. [Source: AP]


Florida scientists press Gov. Scott on climate change

In an effort to push Gov. Rick Scott into the debate on climate change, 10 prominent Florida scientists on Tuesday asked for an opportunity to explain to him the impact human-induced global warming will have on Florida.

"Florida is one of the most vulnerable places in the country with respect to climate change, with southeastern Florida of particular concern," the scientists wrote. "This is not a hypothetical. Thousands of scientists have studied the issue from a variety of angles and disciplines over many decades." (See full letter to the Governor here.)

Scott has been reluctant to engage on the issue of climate change, answering only, "I'm not a scientist." [Source: Times/Herald]


Drones: Next big thing in aviation is small

The next big thing in aviation may be really small. With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner. [Source: AP]


Florida in last place for ACA grants

Florida ranks last in the country in per-person funding from the Affordable Care Act, a new study shows, and that doesn’t even include the billions of dollars the state is forfeiting by saying no to Medicaid expansion. Read more from WGCU and see the full study.


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Yoga schools grow by leaps and bounds in Central Florida
Across Central Florida and beyond, studios such as Warrior One are springing up to meet the demand for all kinds of yoga. There's yoga for pregnant women, yoga for children — even yoga for people with addictions of any kind.

› CVS to buy South Florida Hispanic pharmacy chain
CVS Caremark is set to buy a South Florida drugstore chain that has historically catered to Hispanic customers. Navarro Discount Pharmacy is the country's largest Hispanic-owned drugstore chain. It has annual sales of more than $340 million.

› South Florida business-for-sale market grows
South Florida followed the national trend of positive growth for small business sale transactions in the second quarter of 2014.

› Sarasota's oldest house is for sale
Mary Wildrick may be living in the 21st century, but she has a 19th-century way of living. “I like history, I like old-fashioned things,” she says. How old fashioned?


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