Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Foreclosure activity in the United States dropped last month to the lowest level since July 2006, before the housing bubble burst, and likely will continue to drop through the first half of next year. More from Reuters and 24/7 Wall Street.
As a proliferation of outsourcing sites spread, today’s business owners have more options for hiring out tasks that detract from generating income and having a balanced life. For some small firms, outsourcing has had a compelling impact on their growth, productivity and bottom lines. [Source: Miami Herald]
Florida's environmental agency says it is suing a Texas oil company for violating state drilling regulations at a well near the Everglades. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection said it would file a lawsuit against Dan A. Hughes Co. for using a fracking-like oil recovery practice at its Collier-Hogan well. [Source: AP]
The Florida Department of Transportation is denying claims that public funds are being used to support a private commuter rail development business. All Aboard Florida is planning a base in Miami. But the state wants to use the All Aboard terminal for a separately-run commuter rail project. [Source: WFSU]
Veterans are entering a much-improved job market, especially in Broward County, where unemployment is 5.2 percent, below the statewide average. Recently returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are particularly attractive to employers. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Chikungunya on the rise among South Florida travelers
Load up on the bug spray, South Florida. A mosquito-borne virus with a funny name has infected 81 Floridians in the past two months, most of them in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
› Hostile hedge fund Starboard boosts stake in Darden
Starboard’s ownership surge – now 7.1 percent, up from 6.2 in May – comes as the hedge fund has been blasting the current company leadership for allegedly devaluing the company.
› UM’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute named best in the country
The University of Miami medical school’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is the best eye hospital in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report rankings released Tuesday. The eye institute has topped the list for 11 straight years for its reputation among ophthalmologists.
› Ocala bans sagging pants on city-owned property
It's now illegal to wear low pants that expose underwear or bare buttocks in parts of Ocala. The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an ordinance that prohibit anyone on city property from wearing pants two inches below their natural waist.
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