Off The Base
6:03 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Congressman Jolly Helps Kick Off Cell Phones for Soldiers Campaign

People can drop off unused cell phones at Freedom Square in Seminole.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Freedom Square, a continuing care community in Seminole, is a drop-off site for Cell Phones for Soldiers--a program that lets soldiers serving overseas connect with their families.

The Cell Phones for Soldiers program collects unused cell phones. Funds from recycled unused cell phones and cash donations go towards mailing free calling cards to soldiers.

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University Beat
4:51 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

WATCH: USF President Judy Genshaft joins Red Sofa Tour

USF President Judy Genshaft (center) takes a selfie with Ashley Furniture Founder Ron Wanek (left), and Lily Reisman of the American Heart Association
Lucielle Salomon WUSF News

The American Heart Association's Tampa Bay Red Sofa Tour stopped by the University of South Florida to encourage people to take a seat and talk about heart disease.

The campaign is an effort to bring awareness to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Ashley Furniture Home Store is a sponsor of the campaign and they donated a custom-made red sofa, which will tour around the Tampa Bay area until Oct. 3.

Health News Florida
3:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Cabinet Taps St. Lucie for Vets' Nursing Home

The Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home in St. Augustine opened in 2010. It was the newest veteran nursing home before Tuesday's vote to build a seventh facility in St. Lucie County.
Credit Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday selected St. Lucie County as the site of the state's next nursing home for military veterans -- and indicated they might consider another new nursing home next year.

Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam voted unanimously to approve the western Port St. Lucie site, which the Department of Veterans' Affairs had recommended for the state's seventh veterans' nursing home.

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Health News Florida
1:23 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

HCA Closing St. Petersburg Hospital

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 2:25 pm

For the first time since 2012, a hospital in Florida is closing its doors.

HCA West Florida announced Tuesday the 38-year-old Edward White Hospital in St. Petersburg will close by the end of November and consolidate services to three nearby hospitals it also owns.

Officials said operating costs at the aging facility continued to grow. And it pointed to a glut of hospital beds in the area: more than 1,000 in southern Pinellas County alone.

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Associated Press
10:17 am
Tue September 23, 2014

DCF Investigated Home Where 8 Died

This undated image provided by the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office shows Don Spirit, who's suspected of killing six of his grandchildren, his daughter and himself near Bell.

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 9:33 am

Two weeks before a Florida man fatally shot his daughter and six grandchildren, someone called the state child abuse hotline, worried that adults were doing drugs in front of the kids, according to documents released Monday.

Authorities said 51-year-old Donald Spirit called 911 from his mobile home Thursday warning he might hurt himself or others. By the time a deputy arrived, Spirit had committed suicide. And he had killed 28-year-old Sarah Spirit and her six children, including an infant girl born in June.

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University Beat
6:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

USF Professor Teaches While at Sea

USF geochemist Dr. Jeffrey Ryan talks to his class via video feed from a research vessel in the Pacific Ocean
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Geology 3311, “The Solid Earth,” is a required course for University of South Florida students pursuing an undergraduate degree in geology.

This semester, it’s being taught by Assistant Research Professor, Zachary Atlas.

"This course is really geared towards trying to get them to know minerals, mineral formation, the chemistry of minerals and how all of that comes together to form rocks," Atlas said after a recent class.

It's also being taught by the Chair of the USF School of Geosciences, Dr. Jeffrey Ryan - when they can dial him up.

You see, Ryan is currently halfway across the globe on board a ship in the Pacific Ocean.

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Law & Order
10:20 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

UPDATE (7:40 p.m.): Jury Selection Underway in Dunn Retrial

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 8:12 pm

After a lengthy first day, 42 people remain in the jury pool that could decide the fate of Michael Dunn for a second time.

Jury selection began around 10 a.m. Monday in the case.

Dunn is accused of killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis during a confrontation over loud music at a Southside Gate gas station in November 2012.

In February , as eyes across the country watched, a jury deadlocked on whether to convict him of murder.

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9:15 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Wyllie a Libertarian Alternative in Governor's Race

Adrian Wyllie

Beer containers aren't usually a topic in Florida gubernatorial races, but for Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie, the state's ban on small brewers filling half-gallon jugs illustrates how regulations reward campaign contributors and stifle competitors.

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Florida Matters
4:18 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Florida Matters Preview: Are You A Savvy Health Consumer?


 The last time you felt dizzy or experienced an unusual pain, be honest.  Did you Google it? Or have you ever read a post on Facebook that got you worried about your health?

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3:49 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

USF Worker Accused of Threatening Ohio Elementary School

Lead in text: 
Kyle A. Parramore, 23, of Wesley Chapel, was arrested by USF police and the FBI and booked at the Hillsborough County Jail with no bail. He was awaiting extradition to Lawrence County in Ohio, according to the jail website. Parramore was charged with making terroristic threats and inducing panic, both felonies, according to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. WOWK-TV in West Virgnia reported that an “internet thread” where the threat was made mentions “shooting up an southern Ohio school” but does not specificy a school.
A University of South Florida maintenance worker was arrested on campus Saturday night in connection with a threat of violence directed at an Ohio elementary school, authorities said. Kyle A. Parramore, 23, of Wesley Chappel, was arrested by USF police and the FBI and booked at the Hillsborough County Jail with no bail.
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Law & Order
12:13 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

One Dead in 5th Wrong-Way Highway Crash This Year

A woman was killed after driving her car the wrong way on southbound I-75 this morning and striking a tractor trailer in Pasco County.
Credit Florida Highway Patrol

For the fifth time this year, a wrong-way crash on a Tampa-area interstate has claimed a life.

This morning's crash happened near Dade City in Pasco County. The Florida Highway Patrol says a 25-year-old woman was driving north in the inside lane of I-75 around 4:35 a.m. on Monday. She struck a tractor trailer hauling food and beverage products.

The woman was taken to Bayonet Point Medical Center in Hudson, where she died.

The truck driver wasn't injured.

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Law & Order
11:49 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Second Trial in Loud Music Killing Set for Today

Michael Dunn
Credit Bob Self / Associated Press

Jury selection is set to begin for the second trial of a Florida man accused of killing a Georgia teenager during an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store.

Attorneys for 47-year-old Michael Dunn want to move the trial away from Jacksonville, citing widespread publicity about the case. Circuit Judge Russell Healey has said he'll decide whether to move the trial during jury selection.

Earlier, jurors found Dunn guilty of attempted second-degree murder and firing into an occupied vehicle. They deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge.

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StateImpact Florida
11:27 am
Mon September 22, 2014

How Broward College Is Reducing Student Debt

The debt management seminar taught by Kent Dunston is part of the school's efforts to reduce student loan debt.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

To get a student loan at Broward College, you’ve got to sit through a two-hour financial lesson with Kent Dunston first.

At times, it’s a little like “Scared Straight!” – that 1978 documentary about setting juvenile delinquents on the right path -- but for your credit score.

Dunston’s first piece of advice – figure out how much money you’re going to need.

“You’re not going to borrow more than that amount of money,” he told the students. “You’ll be offered more. You don’t need it.”

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Health News Florida
10:53 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Detert: Lawmakers Will Fix Extended Foster Care

State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice
Credit AP

The sponsor of Florida's 2013 law extending foster care to age 21 is working on a legislative fix to resolve confusion about which state agency is responsible for severely disabled young adults in the program.

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, is meeting with children's advocates and service providers about the issue, which involves whether the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities or the Department of Children and Families should pay for disabled people in foster care between ages 18 and 22.

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Health News Florida
9:45 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Scammer: Health Workers Key to FL ID Theft (VIDEO)

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 10:29 am

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