Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida Lottery reports record growth
Thanks in part to strong Powerball and Mega Million jackpots, Florida Lottery sales grew eight percent to a record $6.7 billion over the past year, according to the state agency. Officials anticipate up to $1.75 billion of the money generated by the sales will be transferred to the state's Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. More from WTXL and WWSB.
Two launch towers tumble at Cape Canaveral's historic Launch Complex 17
They supported some of the nation’s first launches of weather and communications satellites, helped to send probes to other planets and to establish the GPS constellation now so embedded in everyday life. But in an instant Thursday morning, the twin towers at Launch Complex 17 collapsed in a cloud of dust, brought down by controlled explosions. More from Florida Today.
A look inside Florida's most advanced medical cannabis testing lab
Before medical cannabis can hit the shelves, it must be tested. Those tests show how potent it is, its quality, and how safe it is. Florida has a testing facility that's one of a kind and its mission is to make sure the cannabis it tests is as safe as it can be. More from WBBH.
Interstate 4 overhaul up to 8 months behind schedule, $100 million over budget
The rebuilding of Interstate 4 is up to eight months behind its scheduled completion in 2021 and $100 million over budget, according to state officials and reports from Moody’s Investors Service. Work began in 2015 along a 21-mile section of I-4 north of State Road 434 in Seminole, through Orlando and west of Florida’s Turnpike in Orange County. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
David Beckham wants to build one of the largest retail centers in Miami
While Beckham's bid to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium gets much of the attention, the partnership now led by Miami executive Jorge Mas wants to create a retail and entertainment center that would be larger than some of the city's most popular shopping destinations. More from the Miami Herald.
Florida embraces the food hall fad
Practically every major city in the Sunshine State has at least one food hall, Jacksonville being the most conspicuous exception -- although "Top Chef" alum Kenny Gilbert has just announced that he'll be pursuing a food hall concept in the Jacksonville Beach area.
» More from Travel Weekly.
Out of the Box
He’s been dead for 30 years — but he’ll take the stage in South Florida
Dead stars are learning what their live counterparts have known for the last five or so years: the real money is in touring. If that means dead men touring via holograph image, so be it. Roy Orbison's long-planned, and hard fought in the courts "In Dreams" holographic tour is happening.
» Read more from the Miami Herald.
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