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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Health News Florida
7:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

FDA Rules Could Snuff Out ‘Cigar City’

Tuptim Ploysawon has worked at J.C. Newman Cigar Factory for almost five years.
Lottie Watts WUSF

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 11:23 am

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to add new regulations to additional tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, pipe tobacco and cigars.

The proposed regulations are not going down well in Tampa's Ybor City, which has been rolling out cigars since 1886.

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Health News Florida
7:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

FL #1 in Rebates; Blue Owes $20M

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 2:03 pm

Insurers must pay $41.7 million in rebates to Florida individuals and employers this summer, an amount that far exceeds refunds in any other state, according to a federal report released Thursday. 

Companies affiliated with Florida Blue in Jacksonville -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and Health Options Inc. -- owe a total of $20 million, nearly half of the total.

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Health News Florida
7:49 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Jobs Needing Less Education Growing

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:04 am

Home health aides, medical assistants and other workers with less than a four-year college degree account for nearly half of the health care workforce in Florida and across the country, a new Brookings Institute analysis reports.

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Environment
6:52 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Depression Two dissipates, Remnant Wave Moving West

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 3:32 pm

The National Hurricane Center issued its final advisory on Tropical Depression Two midday Wednesday, stating that there was no longer a closed circulation and that dry air had caused it to weaken. The remnants of this system, now nothing more than a tropical wave with showers and breezy conditions, will approach the Lesser Antilles tomorrow and could eventually drift toward Florida some time next week. At this time, however, no new tropical storm formation is expected anywhere in the Atlantic Basin over the next five days.

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Environment
6:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Why Doesn't The Sunshine State Use More Solar Energy?

A solar panel installation at FPL's Martin County Next Generation hybrid natural gas and solar energy plant.

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 6:51 am

As far as solar energy goes, the Sunshine State is third in the country for potential -- and 18th in actual installation.

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Culture
6:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Still Will Not Marry In The Keys

Plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones.

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 10:43 am

Wedding bells are not ringing yet for same-sex couples in Monroe County.

Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones had hoped to apply for a marriage license on Tuesday after last week Monroe Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in their favor seeking the right to marry. But State Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately appealed Garcia’s decision, automatically putting the process on hold.

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Politics
6:16 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Poll: Governor's Race Gets Closer Amid Attacks

Side-by-side in more ways than one

With the campaign dominated by a barrage of back-and-forth attacks, Democrat Charlie Crist's lead over Republican incumbent Rick Scott has narrowed in the race for Florida governor, a new poll shows.

Crist leads Scott by a margin of 45 percent to 40 percent in a head-to-head contest, down from a 10-point advantage in April, according to the Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

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Culture
9:19 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

TB History Center Showcases Florida Highwaymen Art

Artist: Isaac Knight
Tampa Bay History Center

Back in the 1950s and '60s, a group of African-Americans, known as the Highwaymen, sold Florida landscape paintings to locals and tourists on the side of the road. The paintings were sold for only a few bucks at the time but after the '90s, their value soared. The Tampa Bay History Center is showcasing these prized paintings.

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Florida Matters
4:09 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

What Passengers Say About the Future of Cruises at Port Tampa Bay

The Carnival Legend at Cruise Terminal #2
Bobbie O'Brien WUSF

Early Sunday morning, before the 2,000 passengers from cruise ship disembark, a line of taxi cabs forms outside Port of Tampa Bay Terminal #2 just beyond idling tour buses.

That’s where cab driver John Bailey stood waiting for fares.  He’s fully aware of the cruise ship debate and the options explored in a recent study.

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Law & Order
1:51 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

FSU Addresses Campus Safety Amid Federal Probe

Florida State University is hiring a Title IX director and two sexual violence prevention coordinators before the fall term starts in five weeks.

Interim President Garnett Stokes tells the Tallahassee Democrat  that the university is not waiting for a federal investigation to conclude before addressing campus safety and sexual assaults.

Stokes says the university has formed several committees to assess its response to sexual violence complaints and is preparing to make changes.

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12:52 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

After 150 Years of Rolling Them, Tampa Is Close to No Cigars

Lead in text: 
On the northern side of Ybor City sits the J. C. Newman Cigar Company factory, a family-owned business tucked inside a classic brick building nicknamed El Reloj, a nod to its clock tower. Both have defied the maw of modernity to outlive a century. But now J. C. Newman faces its biggest threat: the possibility that the Food and Drug Administration may introduce strict, expensive regulations on cigars that the Newman brothers, who operate the company, say could close the last working cigar factory in town.
TAMPA, Fla. - Some unforgettable places waft into memory on a scent. For Floridians, it may be the sweetness of mangoes in Miami, the salt-sprinkled air of the Keys, the pungency of the Everglades.

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