Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Approximately 7.5 million Americans are struggling to find full-time work and settling for part-time jobs amid an atmosphere of stress, depression and low finances. Their numbers remains stubbornly higher in the current economic recovery, compared with the peaks of the recessions over the past three decades. [Source: McClatchy]
The State of Florida added 8,740 private sector jobs during the month of July, according to the ADP Regional Employment Report which is produced by ADP, in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. [Source: Miami Herald]
High-speed rail was supposed to be President Obama’s signature transportation project, but despite the administration spending nearly $11 billion since 2009 to develop faster passenger trains, the projects have gone mostly nowhere and the United States still lags far behind Europe and China. [Source: New York Times]
As nonprofits across the country struggle to diversify their revenue, a generation of older, more reliable donors is dying off, and government grant funding has grown increasingly fickle. Younger donors, especially millennials, tend to be drawn to causes in which they can take action [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Early voting in Florida's statewide primary election will get underway next week with more days and more locations in most counties, but probably far fewer voters. Shamed into action by the record wait times at early voting sites in 2012, the Legislature retooled early voting to give county elections supervisors more flexibility in hours and locations, which they had demanded for years. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Feds sue Florida manufacturing agency over travel, lobbying expenses
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Orlando has sued the Celebration-based Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership over $12.6 million in lobbying, travel and other expenses dating back nine years ago.
› Florida remains nation's space hub, Rubio says
Texas might have won a piece of SpaceX's business, but that company and others will continue to grow in Florida, too, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday after meetings with local space leaders.
› Florida may allow hunters to use silencers
Hunters of deer, turkey and other animals in Florida may soon be able to operate with lethal stealth under a state proposal to allow them to use silencers.
› Hospitals equip to serve severely obese patients
Hospitals here and elsewhere are investing in design and equipment that can better serve the increasing number of severely obese patients while also protecting health care workers from injury due to lifting these patients.
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