University Beat
12:03 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

USF, FIU, UCF Team Up for Student Success

USF System President Judy Genshaft addresses attendees of the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities "student success" luncheon.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

The University of South Florida, Florida International University and the University of Central Florida – the state’s three largest metropolitan research universities – are teaming up in an effort to improve graduation rates as well as the number of degrees they award in high-demand areas.

Combined, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities (FCMRU) serve an area that includes almost two-thirds percent of the state’s population and nearly half of the students enrolled in the State University System.

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Environment
11:03 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Hurricane Hunter Planes Get $42 Million Upgrade

Technician Joseph Klippel, shown in this ultra wide angle photo, works on the engines on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's P-3 turboprop aircraft "Miss Piggy" May 15 at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa
Credit AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

The hurricane planes known affectionately as “Miss Piggy” and “Kermit” are getting new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar.

Every hurricane season for nearly four decades, the two technologically packed planes have flown into storms at speeds of up to 300 mph, collecting research and forecasting data to transmit back to the mainland.

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Parallels
10:55 am
Wed May 27, 2015

In Search Of Bandwidth, Cuban Entrepreneurs Head To Miami

Miami swimwear entrepreneur Mel Valenzuela (right) explains online strategies to Cuban business owners Victor Rodriguez (middle) and Caridad Limonta (left) in Wynwood this month. Miami boutique owner Monica Minagorri (rear) watches.
Tim Padgett WLRN

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 2:56 pm

When Cuban bikini maker Victor Rodríguez visited Miami this month, he was on a pilgrimage — not just for bathing suits but for bandwidth.

The most important stop on Rodríguez's schedule was lunch in Wynwood, Miami's high-tech district, with Mel Valenzuela, who owns the online swimwear store Pretty Beachy.

As Valenzuela showed Rodríguez how to do business online, his awestruck expression seemed to evoke José Arcadio Buendía in One Hundred Years of Solitude, who when he first touches ice declares it "the great invention of our time."

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Environment
10:26 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Battle to Restore Apalachicola Bay Heads to Congress

Apalachicola Bay sunset
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

With the backing of 20 other members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., on Tuesday unveiled a proposal aimed at restoring the health of Northwest Florida's Apalachicola Bay --- and the state's oyster industry.

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Health News Florida
9:43 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Hospital Commission Talks Performance Funding

James Coffin, executive director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, urged the hospital commission to consider health care for the poor.

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 9:44 am

Gov. Rick Scott’s hospital commission, tasked with looking at how taxpayer dollars are used to support health care for the poor, discussed performance funding for hospitals at a meeting Tuesday in Orlando.

The nine-member group delved through detailed hospital statistics, and started brainstorming ideas for how to reform hospital payments.

Tom Kuntz, a former chairman of SunTrust, helped build performance funding metrics for Florida’s university system. Kuntz says the hospital commission could look at a similar system for hospitals.

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Health News Florida
9:40 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Valencia College Says No More Vaginal Procedures

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 9:25 am

 A Florida community college says it will no longer have ultrasound technician students practice an invasive vaginal procedure on each other after two of them filed a lawsuit.

Valencia College’s president said in a statement Tuesday that students will use simulators when practicing transvaginal ultrasound scanning.

President Sandy Shugart says an independent expert reviewed the program last summer after the students complained and concluded the procedure was done safely and professionally at the school.

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Health News Florida
9:39 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Hospitals Appeal Immigrant Emergency Case

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 9:01 am

 A coalition of hospitals from across the state has appealed a judge's ruling about Medicaid payments for emergency care of undocumented immigrants, according to documents in the case.

Administrative Law Judge John D.C. Newton last month sided with the state Agency for Health Care Administration in a dispute that focuses on the duration of payments. Newton rejected arguments by the hospitals that the agency had overstepped its authority in approving rules related to the payments.

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Health News Florida
9:38 am
Wed May 27, 2015

House Rebuffs Senate FHIX Compromise

Senate President Andy Gardiner

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 9:36 am

  

Republican leaders in the Florida Senate offered up a revamped health care proposal Tuesday in an effort to end a budget stalemate that threatens to shut down state government, but the proposal was immediately rejected by Gov. Rick Scott and House GOP leaders.

Legislators are scheduled to return to the state Capitol next week for a 20-day special session where they are expected to pass a new state budget.

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Florida Matters
4:22 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Florida Matters: Remembering D-Day

From left: Author Gary Mormino, military historian William Polson, First Lt. Gerald Berry (retired) and Florida Matters host Carson Cooper
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

June 6, 2015 will mark the 71st anniversary of D-Day, the historic military landing at Normandy during World War II. 

This week on Florida Matters, we a look at D-Day through the eyes of a C-47 pilot who was there.  First Lt. Gerald “Bud” Berry was among those who flew paratroopers behind enemy lines in the hours before the beach invasion. 

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
3:07 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Fighting for the Underdogs

Alizza Punzalan-Randle and Cory Adler talked about diversity in the StoryCorps booth last year in St. Petersburg.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, friends Cory Adler and Alizza Punzalan-Randle  talk about diversity. Punzalan-Randle is Filipino-American and she shares one particular incident where she had to come to terms with what that meant. 

Alizza Punzalan-Randle fights for "the underdogs" by being a part of various organizations including serving on the local and national boards of directors for the YWCA- Young Women's Christian Association which helps to empower women. 

Music:

“Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson from the album, Bad.

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News
12:08 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

FL Senate Offers Health Coverage Compromise

Sen. Aaron Bean

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 2:53 pm

Republican leaders in the Florida Senate offered up a revamped health care proposal Tuesday in an effort to end a budget stalemate that threatens to shut down state government.

GOP legislative leaders have been odds over health care coverage and the dispute derailed the end of the regular session. Legislators are scheduled to return to the state Capitol next week for a 20-day special session where they are expected to pass a new state budget.

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Business
10:16 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Film Industry Leaders Push For Incentives

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 10:14 am

Film industry leaders are making another push to get an incentives deal through the Florida legislature. They’re banking on its inclusion in a tax package when lawmakers return to Tallahassee for a special session next week.

Film incentives bills - designed to lure production to Florida - died in the House and Senate when the regular session ended early. But Representative Mike Miller, who sponsored the House Bill, says there’s still hope.

“What is still alive is the incentives program through the tax package that has been presented in the call by the speaker of the house and the senate president”, said Miller.

Miller says the current incentives program - which ran out of money - would be extended by one year. He says lawmakers first have to settle major issues like healthcare.

Environment
10:15 am
Tue May 26, 2015

New Era of Hurricane Alerting Begins

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 10:22 am

  The number one killer from a hurricane is water, not wind. A hurricane warning, however, has always been issued for the wind, not the water. This conflict of messaging has prompted the National Hurricane Center to re-think their products in recent years. Social science research and upgrades in GIS technology have enabled them to better define where and when the water might be life-threatening, and this is not always at the same location or at the same time the hurricane force winds may arrive.

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Health News Florida
9:27 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Fed Word On LIP Gives Session New Focus

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:31 am

For weeks now, one question has hovered over Tallahassee: How will the House and Senate resolve their differences on health care funding and wrap up a special session --- scheduled to begin Monday  --- with a spending plan for state government?

 

If the pieces didn't necessarily fall into place last week, lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott were at least able to get around to opening the puzzle box.

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Health News Florida
9:23 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Child Dentist Accused of ‘Horrors’ Quits

Protestors stand outside Dr. Howard Schneider's office in Jacksonville in April.

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:10 am

A Florida children’s dentist accused of running a “house of horrors” that included performing surgical procedures without anesthetic agreed late last week to stop practicing medicine.

Dr. Howard Schneider of Jacksonville faces multiple lawsuits and his office has been picketed in recent weeks by parents carrying signs as a growing number of ex-patients complain about his practices.

In addition, Florida officials launched an investigation and attorneys said the state was working on an emergency order to shut him down.

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