News
2:56 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

'Growlers' Going to the Governor

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Half-gallon "growlers" are closer to going under brewery taps across Florida.

The House on Friday joined the Senate in supporting the end of the state's prohibition on brewers being able to fill 64-ounce containers known as "growlers" for off-site consumption. Currently, brewers can only fill containers of other sizes.

"Let's all just push the button and free the growler here in the state of Florida," Majority Leader Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, said before the House voted unanimously to approve the bill.

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Politics
2:40 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Abortion Waiting Period Bill Heads To Governor

Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) speaking on the floor Friday about her bill.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:18 pm

A controversial abortion bill is now headed to the Governor, after receiving final passage from the Florida Senate Friday.

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News
2:39 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Jury Convicts Final Three Defendants In FAMU Hazing Case

Robert Champion died in Nov. 2011 after he was beaten in a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:53 pm

An Orlando jury has handed down hazing and manslaughter convictions to the final three defendants in the death of a Florida A&M University marching band drum major. The verdict brings a three and a half year old legal saga to a close.

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Politics
2:35 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Lawmakers Mulling Medicaid, Budget

Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 1:51 pm

House and Senate leaders weren’t backing off their opposing positions on Medicaid expansion  Friday during tense budget negotiations leading into the final week of the Legislative session.

But they did manage to find enough common ground to jump-start negotiations early in the day, only to watch them grind to a halt by evening.

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NPR Story
1:22 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Sweep Of Florida Gas Stations Finds Skimmers At Pumps

Eighty-one gas stations around the state of Florida were found to have credit card skimmers installed on the gas pumps.

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 3:07 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida consumers filling up at the gas pump may have had their credit card information stolen.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Thursday that a sweep of roughly 6,100 gas stations in the last few weeks led to the discovery of "skimmers" in 81 locations. The devices enable someone to illegally obtain credit card and debit card information.

The devices were found inside gas station pumps stretching from Miami-Dade County all the way to Florida's Panhandle.

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The Two-Way
1:15 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

There's A Sad Reason 'Migrants,' Not 'Immigrants,' Is The Word Being Used

Near Valletta, Malta, on Thursday there was a funeral service for 24 of the hundreds of migrants who died earlier in the week when the ship they were on capsized and sank.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 2:48 pm

As NPR and other news outlets report about the hundreds of people killed this month when the ship they were on went down off the Libyan coast, the stories are referring to those who died as "migrants."

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Science
6:23 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

USF Pulls Forensic Research Facility Plan

USF Anthropology Professor Erin Kimmerle talks to reporters Thursday about the proposed research facility.
Credit Mark Schreiner/WUSF 89.7 News

The University of South Florida announced late Friday afternoon that the USF Forensic Anthropology Laboratory will find an alternate location to train students and law enforcement to process human remains in outdoor crime scenes.

The Facility for Outdoor Experimental Research and Training (FORT) program was proposed on Hillsborough County Sheriffs property in Lithia, but an outcry from residents about possible smells, groundwater contamination and property values prompted a change in plans.

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Environment
9:33 am
Fri April 24, 2015

'Canopy Meg' Takes to the Treetops for an Evening of Women and Science

Meg Lowman

Margaret Lowman  got her nickname of "Canopy Meg" at an early age, for her penchant for climbing trees. Pretty soon, she became renowned in scientific circles for her research on the tops of trees - or their canopy.

She's speaking April 30th at the Tampa Theatre with another famous woman scientist, Sylvia Earle.  They will be introduced by WUSF's own Susan Giles Wantuck.

We talk with the Sarasota resident on why canopies are a vital part of the earth's ecology - and how women can succeed in science.

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Politics
9:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Utility Reforms Moving Forward

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:36 pm

Since the start of session lawmakers have been using the state’s utility regulators, the Public Service Commission as something of a whipping boy. A measure billed as a PSC crackdown has passed the House and is waiting for approval in the Senate.

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Law & Order
9:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

FBI Report: Florida Affected By Flawed FBI Hair Analysis Testimony

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:54 am

 

According to an FBI report released this week, almost all of the FBI’s experts who conducted microscopic hair analysis gave flawed testimony in criminal trials.

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Science
8:54 am
Fri April 24, 2015

After 25 Years, The Hubble Space Telescope Still Wows Humanity

(Left) This is one of two cameras that the telescope originally carried, and it has since been replaced with a more up-to-date version. (Right) Workers study Hubble's 8-foot main mirror. After launch the mirror was found to have a problem, which astronauts corrected in 1993.
SSPL/Getty Images; Hubblesite

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 4:26 pm

Mike Massimino is one of the last people to ever see the Hubble Space Telescope in person.

From inside his orbiting space shuttle, the telescope first appeared on the horizon as a star, says Massimino, who was an astronaut on the final mission to service the space telescope in 2009.

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Environment
7:58 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Florida Wildlife Officials Order A New Python Hunt

A student holds a Burmese python from just behind its jaw during a Python Patrol training class at Tree Tops Park in Davie, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The free class teaches how to safely and humanely capture the invasive snakes.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:36 am

Florida wildlife officials are hosting another snake hunt, but they don't want to call it a hunt. It's the Python Challenge. It's not likely to put much of a dent on the growing population of the invasive species, but that doesn't mean the event will be a failure.

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Health News Florida
7:29 am
Fri April 24, 2015

House Republicans Make Budget Offer

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:30 am

 Top Republicans in the Florida House made an offer Thursday to try to bridge a budget gap with Senate Republicans, but it could still result in the state's hospitals getting significantly less than they are receiving now.

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Law & Order
7:40 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Body Cameras Bills To Soon Get House Vote; Anti-Speed Trap Bill Heads To Governor

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:42 pm

Florida lawmakers passed a series of bills affecting law enforcement agencies this week, and at least two are headed to the Governor’s desk for approval.

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Culture
3:00 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Astronaut Garan Gives An "Orbital Perspective"

Ron Garan
Credit Ron Garan

Retired Astronaut Ron Garan tells WUSF's Robin Sussingham in this interview, "we need to find the low-hanging fruit" of international cooperation. He is the author of the book The Orbital Perspective.

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