Environment
5:40 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Annual Coastal Cleanup is on Saturday

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Volunteers will be at coastal areas around the Tampa Bay area Saturday morning as part of an effort to clean up litter that poses a threat to both humans and animals. 

People's leftovers, water bottles and plastic bags near the coast not only pose a threat to public safety, but also to animals sea life. Many places around the Tampa Bay area are hosting a coastal cleanup on Saturday morning, including Pasco County and the Hillsborough River.

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Business
4:39 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

August Unemployment Numbers Up Slightly

Credit fr.wikipedia.org

The August unemployment rates for Florida were released today. Changes were minimal from July to August.
Florida’s unemployment rate for August is 6.3%, slightly higher than the rate for July.

Florida has a higher unemployment than the U.S., with the national rate coming in at 6.1 percent. In the bay area, Hernando county has the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent.

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Off The Base
12:24 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Army Ranger Cory Remsburg 'Leads the Way'

Dr. Steven Scott, director of the Polytrauma Center at James A. Haley VA Hospital, talks with his former patient, Army Ranger Cory Remsburg.
Bobbie O'Brien WUSF Public Media

Army Ranger Cory Remsburg returns each year to James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa to show the staff his progress. He was severely injured in 2009 and spent two years recovering at Haley’s Polytrauma Center.

Remsburg was on his tenth deployment when he was injured by an IED in Afghanistan. His teammates found him face down in a water-filled canal with shrapnel in his brain.

He was in a coma when he arrived at the Haley.

More than 800 patients have come through the polytrauma system according to Haley Chief of Staff Dr. Edward Cutolo, but he remembers Remsburg.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Mike Fasano: I'm a Fan of "The Little Guy and Gal" - and Charlie Crist

Mike Fasano

During former Gov. Charlie Crist's drift from Republican to independent to Democrat, there's been at least one GOP friend who has stuck by his side: Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano, a former longtime lawmaker.

On Thursday, after months of absence and (relative) silence, Fasano returned to the capital and lashed out at an ad backing the re-election campaign of Republican Gov. Rick Scott --- the man who appointed Fasano to his current position and is now facing Crist in the November election.

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Law & Order
7:58 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Florida Man Kills Daughter, 6 Grandchildren

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, Fla.
Credit AP Photo/Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office

A man who spent time in prison a decade ago for the shooting death of his young son killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage at a home where authorities in the small town of Bell, Florida, say they had been called to in the past.

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NPR Story
7:45 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Group Launches 'Rick Scott's Ark Tour' To Keep Climate Change In Fla. Governor's Race

NextGen handed out beer cozies at the Tallahassee "Ark Tour" event. Most of the volunteers were college students.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:19 am

Blocks away from the Florida Capitol today, a group targeting climate-change deniers kicked off what it’s calling “Rick Scott’s Ark Tour.” The NextGen Climate Action Committee has spent more than $3.6 million so far in an attempt to inject climate change as an issue in the Florida governor’s race, according to finance records filed with the state.

Noah’s ark, or what looks just like it, was parked at a meter on a busy Tallahassee street. During the lunch-hour rush  here, about two dozen college students were waving signs and handing out T-shirts to passing drivers.

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University Beat
7:42 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Florida's Public Universities Push For More Performance Funding

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:06 am

Florida’s public universities will risk more money this year in an effort to convince Florida lawmakers to give them additional funds. The state university system governing board wants the legislature to increase the public university budget by more than $200 million,  half of which would be awarded based on individual schools’ performance.

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How NASA's New Spaceships Stack Up

The new capsules are being built by Boeing and SpaceX. They look similar, but there are differences.
SpaceX, The Boeing Company

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 8:55 am

Earlier this week NASA announced that two private companies will build spaceships to take astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA hopes that both models will eventually be used by space tourists to get into orbit. Which got us wondering, which one would we rather fly in?

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Health News Florida
7:10 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Millennials: Tech Not Only Health Solution

GuideWell is testing an interactive bathroom mirror, which provides regular health updates and reminders each morning.
Mary Shedden WUSF

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:18 am

There are a lot of stereotypes out there about the millennial generation: they’re disengaged and hyper-focused on technology.

But someday, these 80 million Americans born between 1980 and 1999, will be needing health care. And a lot of it.

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University Beat
4:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

USF Entrepreneurship Program, Graduate Pick Up Honors

USF was ranked the 13th best entrepreneurship education graduate program by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
Credit USF College of Business

The University of South Florida's efforts to give students the skills they need to start their own businesses continue to gain attention, with both the College of Business and a nonprofit started by a graduate in his dorm room receiving separate national honors this week.

First, the Princeton Review ranked USF's graduate program 13th among the nation's best entrepreneurship education programs.

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Health News Florida
1:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Secret Price of Health Care: Transparency

We’ve been hearing a lot about how health care prices are kept secret in this state.

As WLRN and the Miami Herald have been documenting all this week, the tangle of employers, insurance companies and providers makes shopping for health care and health insurance difficult enough — but underneath that web is a layer of secrecy that prevents consumers from seeing what actually gets paid for care. 

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Law & Order
12:16 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Girl Accused in Polk Bullying Case Plans to Sue

File photo of Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. The Polk County Sheriff's Office is being sued by the family of a girl arrested for allegedly bullying a classmate who later killed herself.
Credit The Ledger

Lawyers for a 13-year-old girl accused of bullying a classmate have filed notice that they intend to sue Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and his office.

WTSP reports the family accuses the Sheriff's Office of defamation and invasion of privacy, saying Judd had no probable cause to arrest the girl last year.

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Education
12:12 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Census: Floridians Better Educated in 2013

Floridians became a little better educated last year, were middle-of-the-pack in having access to the Internet and had the nation's highest concentration of retail workers.

The U.S. Census Bureau released new figures Thursday that capture the lives of Floridians last year and how they changed from 2012.

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Health News Florida
10:59 am
Thu September 18, 2014

USF Health Out at Villages Clinic

Officials of USF Health & The Villages Health primary care network at the 2013 groundbreaking of USF Health Specialty Care Center.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:14 am

The University of South Florida has dropped its $4 million specialty clinic project in the Villages senior community after just six months, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Health News Florida
10:18 am
Thu September 18, 2014

CEO: GuideWell, Not FL Blue, Our Focus

GuideWell Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pat Geraghty

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 10:18 am

Any doubt that Florida’s largest health insurer wants to expand its reach was quashed by its chief executive Wednesday, when he heralded the success of its new umbrella company and outlined ambitious plans for growth.

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