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NEW YORK-- If you are trying to figure out if small businesses are hiring, it depends on where you look. Just last Friday when the government was raising suspicious eyebrows with its report of a sudden drop in the unemployment rate so close to a presidential election, Andy Asbury was hiring a full-time employee to work at his Minneapolis real estate brokerage.
The State Board of Education voted Tuesday to seek a $643 million, or 4.4 percent, spending increase next year for Florida's public schools and colleges. The total $15.6 billion spending request for the budget year beginning July 1, 2013, includes $9.88 billion in basic funding for kindergarten through 12th grade.
WASHINGTON-- Top Republican lawmakers have called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to fire his chief of staff for approving two training conferences that led to $762,000 in questionable spending.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota entrepreneur Brian Gramm was tailgating outside a college football game one sunny day when he wondered why he couldn't use that energy to plug in a radio.
NEW YORK-- Olive Garden is tossing out its famous "When You're Here, You're Family" slogan to cater to a more modern lifestyle. It was a very stereotypical Italian family dinner, "said Jay Spenchian, executive vice president of marketing at Olive Garden.
*Square expands Starbucks' mobile payment options. Oct 4- Smartphone-wielding Starbucks customers in the United States will get a new way to pay in early November when the world's biggest coffee chain begins accepting Square Wallet mobile payments at its roughly 7,000 company-operated U.S. stores.
*SeaWorld disputes claim injury inflicted by another whale. *In protest, animal rights group calls for SeaWorld boycott. "We are encouraging the public to boycott SeaWorld over their treatment of these killer whales, which results in injuries to the animals and to the trainers," said Matt Bruce, a local spokesman for the animal rights group.
A new study may reassure some women considering short-term use of hormones to relieve hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. JoAnn Manson, preventive medicine chief at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She was a study leader and will discuss results Wednesday at a conference of the North American Menopause Society in Orlando, Fla..
*Orkin acquires portions of hulett environmental services. *Orkin says the transaction was for an undisclosed sum. *Orkin LLC- other Hulett branches in south Florida will remain with the Hulett.
ORLANDO, Fla.-- Florida is getting $9 million to study the citrus greening disease. The $9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to the Citrus Research and Development Foundation in Lake Alfred, Fla.. By some estimates, it has cost Florida $3.6 billion in lost orange juice production and jobs.
WASHINGTON-- Federal investigators estimated Monday that the Department of Veterans Affairs wastefully spent about $762,000 at two employee conferences last year in Orlando, Fla., and that senior leadership failed to provide proper oversight in planning and executing the events.
Oct 1- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said today that it assigned its' BBB' rating to Orlando- based Darden Restaurants Inc.' s.
NEW YORK-- Red Lobster isn't just for the seafood lover in you. Red Lobster also is increasing the number of dishes that cost less than $15 to attract customers who have cut back on spending. The chain, which is owned by Darden Restaurants Inc., says a quarter of the items on its menu will be non-seafood dishes, up from 8 percent.
When it comes to hosting meetings and events, certain cities lead the pack, according to recent data. See where your favorite city ranked.
Sports fans hold strong opinions about basketball salaries, but economics professor David Berri developed a statistical method to see which players are the most overpaid.
For every Michael Jordan, there are dozens who have just a brief moment in the sun. Read ahead to see athletes who faded away after their 15 minutes of fame.
For some, feuds are as integral to spectator sports as the game itself. Read ahead to see which recent sports feuds have been exciting, thrilling and explosive.
As technology improves traffic enforcement, it is also progressing on the side of the speeder. Check out the list of the 10 most-active cities for speed traps, as compiled by Trapster.com.