Monday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home. Few U.S. industries are tying their fortunes to overseas markets as aggressively as the technology sector, where new sources of revenue are often just a matter of equipping people with a computing device and an Internet connection. [Source: AP]
A projected strong second half of 2014 won’t be enough to offset the hit retailers took from harsh winter weather, the National Retail Federation said, lowering its earlier sales forecasts for the year. The retailers’ group now forecasts sales growth of 3.6 percent for all of this year, down from the 4.1 percent envisioned in January. [Source: McClatchy]
Does Florida have too many lawyers? Since 2000, the number of licensed attorneys has swollen from 60,900 to 96,511. In the same period, five new law schools have opened, cranking out even more lawyers to join those bemoaning the diminished rewards of their chosen career. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Construction is still a male-dominated industry, but two women are calling the shots at some of the largest construction projects in South Florida. While there are no data showing the growth of women in top construction roles, those in the industry say they've seen a change. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Floridians will vote Nov. 4 on whether to legalize medical marijuana. What could it mean for patients, the health care industry and the burgeoning pot industry if the required 60 percent of voters say yes to pot? The Tampa Bay Times outlines some key facts to keep in mind.
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Huge Florida reptile farm supplies snakes globally
The Gourmet Rodent, established in 1986, is a 56,000-square-foot indoor reptile farm that houses 70,000 reptiles at any time, most of them snakes.
› Florida gets tough on oil driller in the Everglades
State officials have driven a Texas wildcatter out of Florida, signaling tougher restrictions on oil drilling in the Everglades. Prodded by environmentalists and community activists, the state yanked all drilling permits held by the Dan A. Hughes Co.
› Disney moves toward $10 hourly starting pay as job market rebounds
Walt Disney World is among big companies moving toward paying workers at least $10 an hour — a change that experts say will improve the standard of living for the lowest-paid employees and could pressure other employers to raise pay.
› Space Coast taps into Brazil's economic strength
Starting with jet manufacturer Embraer S.A.'s announcement in 2008 that it would begin an aerospace assembly operation at Melbourne International Airport, Brazilians and their cultural influences have danced into Brevard County like a lively samba.
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