Health News Florida
10:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

House Ready to Pass Health 'Train'

Credit Freefoto

The Florida House appears poised Friday to pass a massive health-care bill that would ensure three disputed trauma centers remain open and give long-sought powers to nurse practitioners. In legislative parlance, such a mega-bill is called a "train."

The bill (HB 7113) also contains a bunch of other controversial issues, such as expanding the use of telemedicine, allowing pharmacists to supervise additional technicians and stripping the Miami-Dade County Commission of power to approve labor contracts at the massive Jackson Health System.

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Making Sense of the Media
6:31 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Making Sense of the Future of Photos

Credit Asher Svidensky

Plenty of people share photos on the internet.       

Plenty of those photos go viral.

But few viral photos are as stunning as the ones published by BBC magazine of Mongolia's first female eagle hunter. See some of the photos here.

But with the proliferation of iPhone pet photos and news organizations firing whole photography departments, is this kind of photography doomed or poised to take a new leap with internet exposure?

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Politics
6:16 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

New Poll Shows Charlie Crist, Gov. Scott in Dead Heat

Neck and Neck

A new poll finds Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist in a dead heat and, with more than 10 percent of voters undecided, sets the stage for an already-brutal campaign expected to get uglier over the next seven months.

The poll by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc., shows Scott and Crist, his most likely Democratic rival, knotted at 42 percent apiece. Adrian Wyllie, the Libertarian candidate, polls at 4 percent. But 12 percent of those questioned said they were undecided -- showing that the race is still volatile.

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Business
6:03 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Bollywood Oscars Event Gets Down to Business, First

Amidst all the hoopla about "green carpets" and Bollywood film stars coming to Tampa for the Bollywood Oscars Saturday, a lot of behind-the-scenes action is taking place. A lot of business connections are being formed, as well.

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Environment
3:55 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Army Corps Wants More Time on Everglades Project Report

An internal review board at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants more time to finalize a report on an Everglades restoration project with a pressing deadline.

The Corps' Civil Works Review Board met Tuesday in Washington to discuss the Central Everglades Planning Project. It concluded that "while the analysis and project plans are extremely well done," more time is needed before the project report is ready for a final 30-day review by the state and other federal agencies.

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Culture
2:17 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

In Disney's Shadow, Homeless Families Struggle

Theresa Muller prepares to move out of her motel room she shares with her boyfriend, father and three children in Kissimmee. Muller and her family have been homeless but plan to move to a home in a neighboring county.
Credit John Raoux / AP Photo

When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192.

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Health News Florida
10:15 am
Thu April 24, 2014

No Place Like Home, for Childbirth

Jamie Winn with newborn son Russell.
Mary Shedden WUSF 89.7 News

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 12:50 pm

 When Jamie Winn prepared to deliver, she didn't pack a bag or head to the hospital. She and husband Justin invited a midwife into their Temple Terrace home.

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Politics
8:11 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Legislative Wheeling, Dealing in Final Days

Florida's Capitol

The volume on the fourth floor outside the House and Senate chambers is reaching a crescendo. Lobbyists are jockeying for positions in front of the chamber doors as lawmakers emerge for quick pow-wows. It's all part of the last-minute frenzy as, in the words of powerful Sen. John Thrasher, "bills are dying."

Priorities of House and Senate leaders, including pensions, school vouchers and medical marijuana, are all "trade bait" as the days wind down before the session's scheduled finale on May 2.

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Culture
4:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Revving Up for the Bollywood Oscars in Tampa Bay

Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham – decked out in a tuxedo – on stage at the 2013 International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony in Macau, China.
Al Higginbotham

Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham is an unlikely advocate for the International Indian Film Academy Awards.

He said he’s not a cinema fan and knew little of the awards nicknamed "IIFA" and the "Bollywood Oscars."

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University Beat
4:04 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

USF Grads Warned: No Selfies!

Ad posted in the USF student newspaper, The Oracle, requesting that students taking part in next week's graduation ceremonies don't take selfie photos - among other "inappropriate behaviors" - when they receive their diplomas.

If you're a University of South Florida student graduating next month and your plan is to take a selfie photo on stage, the University has one word for you: don't!

In a story that's receiving national attention, the USF Division of Student Affairs sent out a notice to all graduating seniors and placed an ad in the school newspaper, The Oracle, requesting that they don't take pictures of themselves when they receive their diplomas from President Judy Genshaft.

Also on the list of what's labeled as 'inappropriate behaviors' are stepping, strolling and marching. Just a simple handshake, pose for the official photo with the President and move on, please.

Violators may face disciplinary action, including the withholding of their degree.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Fact-Checking Charlie Crist's Past

Credit politifact.com

Charlie Crist was once a Republican governor of Florida.        

He wants his old job back -- as a Democrat. 

And that means -- to make a strong case among Democratic voters -- he has some explaining to do.

But some analysts say Crist is having a tough time spinning his Republican record.

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Health News Florida
11:57 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Sarasota Memorial Health CEO Leaving

Gwen MacKenzie
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 11:32 am

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s president and CEO Gwen MacKenzie is leaving at the end of May for a leadership position with the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system, according to a news release.

After spending nearly 10 years with Sarasota Memorial as president and CEO, MacKenzie will return to her home state of Michigan to work for Ascension Health. While her title was not specified in the release, it said she will have administrative and operations responsibility for Ascension's five health systems in Michigan.

Law & Order
9:32 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Supreme Court Says No To No-Fault Case

The Florida Supreme Court won't hear a challenge by acupuncturists and massage therapists who sought to overturn a 2012 law that supporters said would cut fraud from the state's no-fault auto insurance system.

Monday's decision effectively ends the case, which focused during appeals on whether unnamed plaintiffs had legal "standing" to pursue the challenge. But Adam Levine, an attorney for the challengers, has said in the past he could re-file the case with named plaintiffs.

With the decision, Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said the law proceeds, "nothing changes."

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Business
1:58 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

WUSF Wins Two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Edward R. would be proud

WUSF has won two regional 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards.And they both went to…. drum roll please…. WUSF reporter Bobbie O’Brien. For Best Feature Reporting for her story on Autism Defined by Those with the Diagnosis that she did with our intern, Andrew Casey; and for best Sports Reporting for Veteran Athletes Give Super Effort in Super G.

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Culture
11:46 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Bollywood IIFA 2014 Comes To Town

Shahid Kapoor with Kareena Kapoor
Credit IBN Times

The International Indian Film Academy's biggest party is starting this week in Tampa. Otherwise known as the Bollywood Oscars, tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend IIFA events across the Bay Area.  

And famous Bollywood actors and actresses are expected to be in town. 

So to get you ready for the festivities, which start with the IIFA Stomp Wednesday night at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park, here's a little primer on The Best of Bollywood from Time.  

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