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Thursday's Afternoon Update

Few women in construction; recruiting efforts rise

On this Labor Day weekend, ponder the latest federal data: About 7.1 million Americans were employed in construction-related occupations last year — and only 2.6 percent were women. That percentage has scarcely budged since the 1970s, while women have made gains since then in many other fields. More at the AP.

Business Profile
Arise Virtual Solutions

Miramar-based Arise Virtual Solutions, a business support services firm with 215 employees, is among the winners of the "When Work Works" awards released Wednesday.

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Darden delays shareholder meeting amid proxy fight

Embattled Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants Inc. pushed back its annual shareholder meeting 10 days, the company announced Thursday, amid a battle with activists investors. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida teachers union, others sue voucher program

Florida's teachers union along with the NAACP and organizations representing school boards and school officials are suing over the state's largest private school voucher program. More at the AP and the Orlando Sentinel.

Yes, it does cost less to live in Florida

When you spend $100 in Florida, your money goes a whole lot farther than in high-cost areas such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, the District of Columbia and northern Virginia. More at the Clearwater Gazette.

Firm plans big, low cost, medical marijuana grow operation

A Florida company plans to build what it believes will be the biggest medical marijuana factory in the country, hoping the economy of scale will lower the cost of the drug which is not covered by insurance. More at the Reuters.

Sports Business
Football wins equal big bucks for Florida

football money On the precipice of college football kickoff, a new report from Florida TaxWatch highlights the economic benefits of Florida's seven Division I NCAA football teams. The Economic Commentary from the nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog group explains how football programs increase revenue for schools and the state as a whole. Full story