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Former Israeli P.M.: Obama Has 'Closest-Ever' Relationship With Israeli Intelligence

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak spoke Monday night at a meeting of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. He says that the deal to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons should last for at least five years - but after that, it's anyone's guess.
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Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans, which covers about 900,000 Floridians in the Medicaid and Medicare programs, saw an uptick in net income during the fourth quarter of 2015, according to an earnings report released Tuesday.

Bill Seeks To Boost Hospitals In Rural Areas

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A Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill that could help boost efforts to build new or replacement hospitals in rural counties.

Approved by the Senate Health Policy Committee, SB 236 would expand an exemption to the state's "certificate of need" regulatory process for hospital construction or expansion projects. The state currently has a narrow exemption that applies to hospitals in counties with populations of 15,000 to 18,000 people and densities of fewer than 30 people per square mile.

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What are the pros and cons of the Tampa Bay Express project, which includes adding express toll lanes on interstates around the Tampa Bay area?

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 a.m.), we bring you both sides of the debate with Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) Executive Director Ray Chiaramonte, and Linda Saul-Sena with the group Stop TBX

Who will drop out after losing in New Hampshire? Possibly no one. (On to South Carolina! This race is still wide open! We can win this thing!)

We'll consider the real reasons to stick around in a moment.

But for several candidates, whether they make it official or not, the Granite State will be the rock on which their ships ran aground.

Their campaigns may stagger on into a zombie phase, but it will not affect the outcome of further proceedings.

Ted Murphy

Lawmakers are a step closer to approving a gambling compact made between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The House Regulatory Affairs Committee Tuesday advanced the compact that would expand gambling for the Seminole Tribe and for casinos in South Florida. The deal, which needs approval from the Legislature, guarantees the Seminole Tribe would pay $3 billion to the state over the next seven years.

The committee also passed an amendment proposed by Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami. It would shift future approval of gambling expansion to voters statewide.

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Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone.

Ehud Barak
Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak  spoke Monday night at a meeting of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

He says that the deal to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons should last for at least five years - but after that, it's anyone's guess.

Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote Monday.

House Members Back Pot For Terminal Patients

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Continuing to consider how many nurseries should take part in the industry, a House panel Monday approved a bill that would allow patients with terminal illnesses to legally use medical marijuana.

Telehealth, Transparency Move Forward In House

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A House panel Monday approved a pair of bills aimed at increasing the use of "telehealth" to remotely provide medical services and at offering greater transparency in health-care costs.

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