Florida has the highest job growth rate among the most populous states and the third highest rate in the nation. Alachua County boasts a long history of low unemployment rates and steady job growth rates and works to continue attracting new business.
The Brookings Institution has found that there is a shortage of marriageable men in the United States. The research found that the shortage is one of several reasons why marriage rates have declined over the past few decades.
Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson spoke at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday about the federal budget, tax code, Social Security and health care. Simpson discussed the nation’s fiscal situation and how it affects local businesses with Gainesville regional leaders.
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Oct. 8, 2015: Afternoon News in 90
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Experts predict that this year’s flu shot will be more effective at combatting the flu strain than in year’s past. They recommend visiting clinics or local drug stores to get vaccinated in early October, before the peak of flu season.
Islam on Campus hosted its 13th annual Fast-A-Thon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Tuesday and rewarded about 700 attendants with a free meal. The event featured guest speaker Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy and will benefit Project Downtown Gainesville, a local charity, and Islamic Relief USA with a goal of benefiting Nepal earthquake survivors.
Putnam County School Districts Clothing Closet partnered with Dignity U Wear to provide clothes for underprivileged students. The program aims to help cloth students who are living below the poverty line in the county.
Several lawmakers in both parties and an influential business group expressed concerns about the potential impact of the proposal on private property rights.
A lack of accountability with standardized testing is a common problem facing Florida schools, causing Parent Teacher Associations around Florida and other organizations to promote more positive learning environments. Alachua County Public Schools has recognized the frustration the local educators are feeling.
Florida ranked 47th in the United States for sexual health by the State by State Safer Sex Index. Melissa St. Onge, communications manager for Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, said she was not surprised to hear Florida ranked so low on the survey, and that sexual health conversations should start at home and continue with education in class.
Almost three-quarters of Floridians — 73 percent — oppose allowing students with concealed-weapons permits to carry guns on campus.
National Fire Prevention Week started Oct. 4. Gainesville and Ocala organizations will join the promotion of the national theme, “Hear the beep where you sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm!”
Annual Banned Books Week from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3 was celebrated at UF in the Plaza of the Americas on Thursday. Students read literature aloud from different authors who’s work has been challenged in public schools. The goal for Banned Books Week is to celebrate the liberty to read.
Local Girl Scout Evanna Alvarez launched a GoFundMe campaign and donation drive to bring peanut butter to the Alachua County Humane Society. The Humane Society goes through 15 jars of peanut butter a week feeding dogs.
The Cade Museum held its ground-breaking ceremony Oct. 2 and is scheduled to open in 2017. The museum will celebrate the legacy of Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade, in the 50th anniversary of the sports drink.
The Florida Department of Children and Families as well as two private companies have agreed to pay $750,000 to settle legal claims resulting from a mass killing in Bell last September.
Alachua County’s Farm to School to Work program, a place for disabled students to work in gardening and farming, expanded to a new location this Fall. This gives the students more space to grow and process healthy foods to distribute to local schools.
Florida defeated the No. 3 ranked Ole Miss Rebels in the Swamp Saturday night. The Gators received a stellar performance from quarterback Will Grier, along with a strong showing from their defense.
Florida was named the sixth-best state in the country when it comes to assimilating Hispanics into American society. The rankings were based on the state’s ability to assimilate Hispanics into American cultural, educational and economic systems.
Former Gator great Thaddeus Bullard is completing his challenge of 3,000 volunteer hours to the Gator Nation. Along the way, he stopped by the St. Francis House house to help serve food and mingle with the crowd.
It’s the start of a new era at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub as the Gainesville bar banned smoking in an effort to create a healthy, welcoming environment for its customers and employees.