3:09 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Lionfish Import Ban Among New FWC Rules Taking Effect Friday

A lionfish in a tank

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 6:06 pm

A new rule banning the importation of lionfish is among several new regulations aimed at combating the invasive species set to take effect Friday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Amanda Nalley says the goal behind making it illegal to import lionfish from out of state in the aquarium trade is to help prevent any further introduction of the spiny fish into Florida waters.

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2:50 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Feds to Monitor State Election Changes; Gov. Scott Pushes Back

Gov. Rick Scott's office and campaign are attacking as "blatantly political" a letter from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announcing that the Justice Department is monitoring changes to Florida's election laws.

Holder wrote to Scott on July 21 expressing concerns about elections laws and procedures that "have restricted voter participation and limited access."

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NPR Story
12:58 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Sexting Doctor: 'I Was Stressed Out'

Dr. Tuan Dean

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 2:15 pm

A doctor accused of sending sexually explicit videos and texts to a patient should be barred from treating females and should be suspended until he completes a psychiatric evaluation, the Florida Board of Medicine said Friday.

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12:05 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Tropical Storm Bertha Forms in the Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center's 5-day cone for the newly formed Tropical Storm Bertha.
Credit National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami said the tropical storm's maximum sustained winds Thursday night were near 45 mph.

The storm is centered about 275 miles southeast of Barbados and about 385 miles southeast of St. Lucia, and is moving northwest at 20 mph.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Barbados and Dominica. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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7:42 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Rays Trade David Price

The Tampa Bay Rays traded David Price, who won the second most games in team history, to the Detroit Tigers as part of a 3-team deal.
Credit Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

When David Price was finally traded, it was to an unexpected bidder.

The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal Thursday. The Rays received left-hander Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames from the Tigers. Tampa Bay also got infielder Nick Franklin from Seattle, with Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson going to the Mariners.

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Health News Florida
12:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Doctor Faces Discipline for Sexting

Tuan Kishfran Imran Dean

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:50 pm

A doctor who got into trouble for sexting at work will be called before the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday to explain why he should be allowed to keep practicing.

Dr. Tuan Kishfran Imran Dean, a family practitioner in The Villages, was working at a Doctor Today walk-in clinic in Lakeland when he displayed inappropriate conduct in August 2011, according to Department of Health records.

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12:08 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Tale of Two Republicans: While Rubio Does Well with Women Voters, Scott Struggles

Lead in text: 
Public polling shows that Rubio does 13 percentage points better with women than Scott when voters are asked if they disapprove of the job the two are doing. While 39 percent of women disapproved of the job Rubio is doing (actually 7 points better than President Barack Obama), Scott has 52 percent of women disapproving of the job he is doing.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have a lot in common. Both are conservative Republicans. Both were elected in 2010. And both have no love lost for former Gov. Charlie Crist, whom Rubio beat in 2010 and Scott hopes to beat in 2014.
12:05 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Florida Ranks Third in Parents Snooping on Kids Online

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Reasons for the sudden growth are unknown, said Ivory Thompson, operations manager at Retina-X, parent company of Mobile Spy. But one thing the company does know: 95 percent of South Florida parents surveyed said their children regularly access social media sites on smartphones. "In Florida, it just seems like a lot of families are worried about their children on social media sites, and they want to find out what they're doing," he said. "It could be that more kids are coming of age and getting a phone, or more parents are buying their kids phones, or it could just be product awareness."
South Florida parents are serious about keeping their kids safe online. In a recent survey by the mobile tracking software company Mobile Spy, Florida ranked third in the nation for the number of parents watching over their children's online activities- and the vast majority of them are in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, Mobile Spy officials said.
12:01 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

‘Pot Trucks’ On Tap In Florida?

Lead in text: 
The latest plan also would loosen restrictions on who could own the dispensing organizations. Nurseries with only one-quarter ownership of pot distribution businesses would be eligible for licenses, according to the draft rule released late Tuesday by the state Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use. Despite numerous complaints expressed by nursery owners, lobbyists and others at a rule-making workshop earlier this month, health officials aren’t backing away from a lottery-based system to choose the recipients of five licenses, a competition drawing operators and investors from around the world.
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) - Health regulators have proposed a revised rule which could allow Florida pot dispensers to truck their products to the patients. All this comes in advance of a workshop Friday about the state's move to a limited type of medical marijuana. The latest plan also would loosen restrictions on who could own the dispensing organizations.
Health News Florida
11:11 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Insurers: 2015 Exchange Rates Could Spike

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 10:31 am

State insurance officials are preparing to release figures next week on how much health plans will cost under the Affordable Care Act for 2015, and rate increases seem inevitable as insurers say their new consumers are older and sicker than anticipated.

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Health News Florida
10:21 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Kills 1, Sickens 1

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 10:30 am

Sarasota County health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after one person died and another was sickened by a flesh-eating bacteria.

Officials said Tuesday that 11 cases were reported statewide in 2014 and 41 cases in 2013. The two Sarasota people who contracted vibrio vulnificus were middle-aged and had medically compromising conditions.

Vibrio is an infection caused by a bacteria found in warm salt water. It's in the same family of bacterium that causes cholera.

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Health News Florida
8:19 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Hot Car Deaths: Tragedy or a Crime?

Dr. Beth Walford, a pediatric surgeon at All Children's Hospital, discusses the effects of heatstroke in children at a St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue and Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition event in June.
Megan Milanese WUSF

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 8:40 am

 The large digital thermometer attached to a car read 88 degrees when the St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue and the Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition started a recent demonstration.

The interior temperature quickly rose to 118 degrees, much higher than the temperatures pediatric surgeon Dr. Beth Walford says are potentially lethal.

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Health News Florida
6:59 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Court Sides With Patient On Confidentiality

The judges of the 4th District Court of Appeals, 2013
Credit 4th District Court of Appeals

A South Florida appeals court Wednesday ruled that a sheriff's deputy cannot testify about a conversation he heard between a patient he was guarding and a psychotherapist in a hospital emergency room.

The 4th District Court of Appeal ruling said the facts of the case presented a first-of-its kind issue in Florida. The Broward County case stemmed from the arrest of Avery Topps on a felony cruelty-to-animals charge after a dog was stabbed to death.

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Off The Base
6:02 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

U.S. House Passes VA Reform Legislation

Chairman U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller during a hearing before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Reform within the VA medical system is one step closer as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a compromise VA reform bill Wednesday afternoon.

The joint House and Senate legislation provides $10 Billion so veterans on waiting lists can seek care from private doctors. It also authorizes leases for 27 new medical facilities, including one in New Port Richey, and budgets $5 Billion to hire more VA doctors and medical staff.

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Law & Order
3:43 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

Credit Associated Press

Eight U.S senators including Florida's Marco Rubio introduced legislation Wednesday they say will iprove the way colleges handle sexual violence.

Rubio said he is troubled by how many students experience sexual violence on campus.

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