Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
3:27 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Visiting Rare Coastal Dune Lakes with The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Paddleboarding the Gulf where Western Lake at Grayton Beach State Park meets the Gulf
Steve Newborn WUSF News

We're following the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition as they hike, bike and kayak nearly 1,000 miles in 70 days from Central Florida, through the Panhandle to the Alabama State line. They recently visited one of the rarest ecosystems in the world. The Coastal Dune Lakes are where blackwater lakes mix with the green of the Gulf of Mexico. We went along with them for a paddle in one of these lakes.
 

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Politics
11:15 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

It’s A Good Bet The State’s Gaming Climate Could Change

Credit Ted Murphy

Odds are good for a gaming shake up this session. The first bill has passed out of the Senate. It’s a measure relating to greyhound racing. Meanwhile, lawmakers are considering a massive gaming overhaul bill in the House.

A portion of the state’s gaming agreement with the Seminole Indians granting them exclusive rights to card games like blackjack is set to expire. And House Majority leader Dana Young (R-Tampa) says she wants to be sure lawmakers have alternatives to consider while deciding whether to renew that part of the compact.

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Politics
11:08 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Florida's Presidential Primaries To Move Back To March

Credit R. Benk / WFSU

After two national presidential primary failures, Florida lawmakers are changing the date. The legislature is on its way to reversing the 2016 presidential primaries from January back to March.

Florida’s reputation as an influential swing state in elections hasn’t gone unnoticed. At one point, state lawmakers were fed up with being recognized after states like Iowa and New Hampshire during the presidential primaries.

There was also the fact that those other states had a much less diverse voter pool to wade through, as USF political scientist Susan MacManus explained.

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Politics
11:08 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Legislative Leaders Lay Out Logistics During Session Open

Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner speaking to reporters in Tallahassee.

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 10:58 pm

The 2015 Legislative session started today with opening statements from the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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Politics
10:57 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Fla. Prison Employees Fearful Of Losing Jobs Could Soon Testify Before Lawmakers

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones speaking Monday to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker).
Florida Channel

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 10:19 pm

As Florida lawmakers continue to delve into making changes to the state’s troubled prison system, some want to hear from the employees affected by the changes. But, several correctional officers say they’re afraid of retaliation from the prison agency due to a new policy some are calling a “gag order.”

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Business
8:58 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Hearings For Beer Rule Exception Begin

Rulemaking for Florida's tourism exception began Monday in Tallahassee.

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 6:17 pm

After beer retailers and distributors challenged a legal exception that helps craft brewers open up tap rooms, two Florida senators put forward a measure doing away with the exception completely—in effect ensuring breweries can sell beer on-site.  But that original challenge hasn’t disappeared.

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Health News Florida
5:56 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Senate Will Take Up Medicaid Expansion

A Healthy Florida Works is looking for a sponsor for its bill toward Medicaid expansion.

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 5:08 pm

The Florida Senate is getting ready to debate expanding Medicaid in Florida. The issue has been a major contention point between the House and Senate for the past three years.

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Education
4:27 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Two State Senators Call on Gov. to Suspend School Testing

Credit AP Photo

Several school districts on Tuesday continued to suspend Florida's new standardized tests for a second day, despite assurances that the problems had been fixed.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart early in the morning asked districts to resume using the online portal that middle school and high school students must use in order to log on and take the state's annual standardized tests. Testing had been suspended a day earlier because of technological problems.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Dissecting Gov. Scott's State of the State Address

WUSF's Carson Cooper and USF political science professor John Bertalan talk about Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State Address.
Credit WUSF/Mark Schreiner

Gov. Rick Scott gave his State of the State address Tuesday and talked about issues that affect Floridians, like jobs and education.

Scott did not address medical marijuana, Medicare and Medicaid, reform of the state prison system or some other hot topics up for discussion in this year’s Legislative session.

After the address, WUSF's Carson Cooper talked with USF political science professor  John Bertalan about what the governor did - and didn't - address. 

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Education
3:08 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

'Simplicity Parenting' Author To Speak in Clearwater

Author Kim John Payne

Best-selling author Kim John Payne is hoping the community will embrace his ideas about parenting.  

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Politics
12:45 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Democratic Response to State of the State Address

State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa

State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, the Senate Democratic leader, gave a response to Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State. Her remarks as prepared for delivery:

On the road to his first election, Republican Governor Rick Scott promised Floridians that under his 7-step economic plan, “total job growth will accelerate, the number of new business start-ups will increase, wages and salaries will grow, and the productivity and vitality of Florida’s economy will soar.”

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Politics
11:37 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Listen: Gov. Scott's State of the State Address

Gov. Rick Scott

 

 

Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State Address
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

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Politics
10:34 am
Tue March 3, 2015

State Legislature Kicks Off 60-Day Session

Credit conrevflorida.org

The 60-day session of the Florida Legislature is officially underway.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli opened up the session on Tuesday morning. Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to give his annual "State of the State" speech shortly after 11 a.m.

Legislators are expected to tackle a number of issues over the next several weeks including whether to authorize the creation of two mega casinos in South Florida.

The Legislature is also required to pass an annual budget. Scott has asked for legislators to approve nearly $700 million in tax cuts including a cut in cellphones and cable television taxes.

Lawmakers are also expected to deal with environmental spending, the state's use of standardized testing and whether to change laws regulating the sale of beer and liquor.

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News
10:24 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Duke Seeks Early End to Nuke Plant Charge

Credit Duke Engery

A monthly charge Duke Energy Florida customers pay for a nuclear-power plant that won't be built may be removed from their bills as early as this summer.

The utility filed a petition Monday with the Florida Public Service Commission that, if accepted, would disconnect nearly two years earlier than planned the monthly charge of $3.45 per 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Regulators and utilities commonly use 1,000 kilowatt hours as a benchmark for residential customers, though many homes consume larger amounts of electricity each month.

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Law & Order
10:11 am
Tue March 3, 2015

FBI Faces Wrongful Death Claim In Death of Chechen Man

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 8:43 am

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida says it will file a $30 million wrongful death "notice of claim" against the FBI. The action is over the 2013 death of a Chechen man in Orlando with ties to one of the accused Boston bombers.

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