Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Job openings in June reached the highest number in 13 years, while hiring showed levels not seen since early 2008, according to a Bureau of Labor Statics report. The report came about a month after another BLS report showed that unemployment dipped to 6.1 percent in June – the best rate since September 2008. [Source: McClatchy]
The Obama administration is granting Florida a one-year extension of its No Child Left Behind waiver. The waiver will give Florida flexibility from certain parts of the federal act in exchange for a state-specific accountability plan. [Source: AP]
Florida is speeding up six major road projects across the state. Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that the state will push up the timing of $806 million worth of highway construction projects across the state. [Source: AP]
The mean season has arrived. During the 10-week stretch from mid-August through October, the most powerful storms tend to form in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It's also when South Florida is most likely to be struck. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Nearly a quarter of the American private-sector workforce, some 26 million workers, doesn’t get paid time off, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — compared with less than one-fifth in the 1990s. [Source: Boston Globe]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Coca-Cola Co. donates additional $1.5 Million to UF/IFAS to fight citrus greening
The University of Florida Foundation announced a second gift of $1.5 million from the Coca-Cola Co. in support of long-term research aimed at preventing a widespread disease that affects crops in Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry.
› 2 'hurricane hunter' planes will get $35M overhaul
Two "hurricane hunter" aircraft based in Florida will get a $35 million overhaul starting next year. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say the refurbishing won't take the two Orion P-3 propeller planes out of service this hurricane season.
› Organic grocer Sprouts holding off on putting down roots in Florida
Real estate sources in Tampa and Jacksonville say the specialty grocer is no longer actively looking in Florida, and that they’ve been told Sprouts will wait to see how stores in Atlanta perform before they will open stores elsewhere in the Southeast.
› U.S. Sugar buying Belle Glade operation
In a purported $100 million-plus deal, U.S. Sugar Corp. has agreed to purchase an undisclosed number of farmland acres and all the other assets of Knight Management Inc., a long-time Belle Glade area sugar cane and vegetable producer.
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