Law & Order
12:52 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Beach Plane Crash Kills Man Celebrating Anniversary

Emergency personnel attend to a small plane crash on Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday that killed a man and seriously injured his daughter as the two walked on the sand.
Credit AP Photo/Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Sometime Sunday morning, Ommy Irizarry posted a message on Facebook to mark his ninth wedding anniversary.

"I am very happy and can't wait to see what the next 100 have in store for us," he wrote, and tagged his wife, Rebecca, in the post.

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Health News Florida
11:07 am
Mon July 28, 2014

FMA Supports Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:06 am

  The Florida Medical Association's House of Delegates overwhelmingly adopted a resolution supporting Medicaid expansion to cover uninsured low-income adults at FMA's annual meeting on Sunday, according  to doctors who were there.

FMA, which closes its annual meeting to the media, is expected to issue a news release at some point, offering details on the resolution. Part of the measure reportedly urged better pay for physicians who treat Medicaid patients.

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Health News Florida
10:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Poll: Florida Voters Overwhelmingly Approve of Medical Marijuana

Florida voters overwhelmingly support the idea of legalized medical marijuana according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll released Monday morning showed that 88 percent of Florida voters support medical marijuana, compared to 10 percent who are opposed.

The poll also found that 55 percent of voters approved of recreational use of marijuana, compared to 44 percent who opposed.

The poll didn't specifically ask about the constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would legalize medical marijuana. Instead, it asked about the idea in general.

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Health News Florida
9:41 am
Mon July 28, 2014

ER Workers to Spot Human Trafficking

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 7:39 am

Emergency room doctors and nurses are often the only contact victims of human trafficking have with the outside world, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Friday while launching an initiative aimed to train emergency workers how to identify signs of trafficking.

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Health News Florida
9:40 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Federal Court Backs ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ Law

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 7:32 am

A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn’t violate the doctors’ First Amendment free speech rights.

The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned a previous decision that had blocked the state from enforcing the law.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
7:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: The Feeling of Liberty

Pedro Martinez (center) with his daughters Natalia and Elvia.
Credit StoryCorps

In 1980, the Cuban government opened its doors, allowing people to leave the country in a mass exodus that would come to be known as the Mariel Boatlift. The country's economy had suffered a serious downturn, and political unrest and mass incarceration was making aspects of governance untenable.

The first wave of emigrants came when the Peruvian embassy allowed Cubans to exit under its banner.

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Politics
9:30 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Elections Supervisor Says Redistricting Should Wait – But Not Until 2016

Here's John Devaney arguing before Judge Terry Lewis

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:01 pm

This week voting rights groups presented their case for redrawing Florida’s unconstitutional electoral map immediately rather than waiting until after this year’s election.  But officials charged with conducting elections are doubtful the plan could work.  

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Culture
6:28 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Sholom & Mohamed: Brothers In Spite Of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Sholom and Moe take a selfie together with their respective flags.

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 8:13 am

Mohamed Ghumrawi and Sholom Neistein have been friends for six years.

Sholom is Jewish. Mohamed is Muslim and of Palestinian descent. 

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6:05 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Florida Schools Get Ready for Flood of Border Kids

Lead in text: 
School officials in Hillsborough County, which has a large Hispanic population, did not respond to a request for information. In Pasco County, shelters expect to double their capacity. Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA reported the Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services is asking Pasco County’s Planning Commission to double shelter capacity to 32 beds to accommodate more border children. But neighbors of the center have mixed reactions.
By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog MIAMI - With more than 51,000 unaccompanied Central American children already here, and more expected to come, school officials ask the federal government for a helping hand. Border kids costs more to educate, about $1,900 per head. Teachers must be bilingual.
Business
5:24 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

MOSI Gets $2 Million Grant from Florida Hospital

Credit WUSF Public Media

Florida Hospital gave Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry $2 million on Friday. Long-time CEO Wit Ostrenko, who announced his retirement plans earlier this year, accepted the multimillion dollar check from Florida Hospital West Florida Region President/CEO Mike Schultz. Also in attendance were various board members of both institutions, along with State Sen. John Legg and Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham.

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Culture
4:57 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Audi Takes the Driverless Car of the Future To the Selmon Expressway

Audi Automated Car
Credit grind365.com

The car that drives itself. That sci-fi fantasy will be coming to life this weekend, as Audi will be test driving its automated car on the Leroy Selmon Expressway in Tampa.

The Selmon Expressway is one of the few state-approved testing spots in America for driverless cars.
Brad Stertz, Communications Manager for Audi, says Audi is the first to demo to the public the functions of a highly autonomous car.

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Off The Base
5:06 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Disabled Veterans Find their Freedom on Horseback

Tessa Wiseman WUSF News

It has been said that in riding a horse, we borrow freedom. This is especially true for riders at an Odessa farm that uses gentle giants to foster physical and emotional growth.  For our series Off the Base, WUSF intern Tessa Wiseman took a trip to the farm to meet the team of humans and horses behind the healing.

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Making Sense of the Media
3:13 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Making Sense of Social Media Shaming

Is seven million views on the internet more punishment than being charged with stealing?

That's the thinking of a man who caught two women stealing his beach tent on New Smyrna Beach, Florida on the Fourth of July.

He video taped the whole thing and posted it to the internet where it got seven million views -- and the numbers are still climbing.

He decided not to press charges, figuring their worldwide internet shaming was punishment enough.

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Politics
11:47 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Rubio: Same-Sex Marriage Foes Face 'Intolerance'

Marco Rubio
Credit AP Photo

Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face "intolerance" from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives.

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Politics
11:26 am
Thu July 24, 2014

State Judge To Decide Whether to Delay Electoral District Map Fix

A Florida judge is being asked to decide when the state's congressional districts will be redrawn.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is holding a hearing Thursday to consider what steps to take since ruling that current districts are illegal because they were drawn to benefit the Republican Party.

Legislative leaders say they will redraw the districts, but they want to wait until after the 2014 elections.

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