Health News Florida
9:04 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Insurance Regulators To Cap HIV Drug Costs

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:10 am

Florida insurance regulators will start reviewing health plans for discriminatory practices after three insurers were accused of charging higher prices for HIV drugs.

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News
9:03 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Florida Asks to Resume Executions

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:15 am

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking the state Supreme Court to allow officials to execute a man convicted of murdering four people in Orlando.

Bondi asked the court Monday to lift the stay on the execution of Jerry Correll now that the U.S Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a sedative that is used in lethal injections in Florida.

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News
4:37 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Gay Rights Advocates Say Challenges Remain

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

When Port Richey resident Dawn Cain and her girlfriend, Randi Jackson, first heard the news of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last Friday that legalized gay marriage nationally, they cried.

While they had already planned to get married next May- Florida legalized gay marriage Jan. 6- the couple said they’re exhilarated their friends and family in other states now have the same right.

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Education
12:53 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Tampa Bay Program Helps Fifth Graders Make Sense of Their Financial Futures

Enterprise Avenue contains the banking, shopping and dining destinations for students visiting Enterprise Village.
Credit M.S. Butler

The first time some students learn about finances is during a high school economics class. Others learn by trial and error, but one program in the Tampa Bay area already has a  history of helping  students get an early start on making sense of their finances.

Here in central Pinellas County, just like any community in America, it’s early morning and everyone is beginning to show up for work.

Buses are unloading and students are heading  to  businesses like Verizon, Duke Energy and CVS Pharmacy which are getting ready to open.

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Health News Florida
11:55 am
Mon June 29, 2015

MAP: Lethal Injection By Far The Most Popular Execution Method In U.S.

Lethal injection map
Chris Groskopf/NPR

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:46 pm

States may continue using a popular but controversial drug in lethal injection executions, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-4 decision.

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Health News Florida
11:54 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Friday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 11:16 am

The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.

The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the insurance available to same-sex partners who aren't married. Virtually all of them offer coverage to spouses.

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Health News Florida
9:28 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Vaccine Against Meningitis B Gets A Boost From CDC

Stuart Kinlough Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

Parents, take note! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine committee has expanded its recommendation for immunization against meningitis B, a rare but potentially deadly strain of meningitis.

The committee's revised guidance, issued late last week, broadens the group of young people that the CDC thinks should consider getting the shot, and increases the likelihood that health insurance policies will pay for the injection.

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Health News Florida
9:25 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Children's Medical Network Challenged

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:13 am

The families of four Florida children with special health-care needs have filed a challenge to a new state process that removed them from a program providing services to medically fragile kids.

On Thursday, attorneys for the families filed an administrative challenge to the Florida Department of Health's process, contending that the agency has been screening youngsters out of the Children's Medical Services Network without accepting public input or following other rule-making requirements.

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Health News Florida
9:25 am
Mon June 29, 2015

More With SNAP Buying From FL Farmers

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:14 am

Food stamp recipients in Florida are buying a lot more from farmers and farmers markets.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says expanding access to fresh produce for SNAP recipients has been a top priority.

Redemptions under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp program, have ballooned since 2008 by more than a thousand percent.

Amy Rupert-Secol is chief vegetable officer at Homegrown, a Central Florida food co-op. She says even more could be done to get low-income families to shop local.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon June 29, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Escape

Lucia and Alma Ayala tell the story of the day they fled from Lucia's abusive husband, when they stepped into the StoryCorps booth in 2014.
StoryCorps

In this installment, we hear from mother and daughter, Lucia and Alma Ayala, about the day Lucia decided to leave her abusive husband and travel with four little kids from Connecticut to Miami, Florida. Alma shares with her mom what that trip was like for her as a little girl, and the imprint it left on her.

Alma Ayala attended Yale University.

Music Used:

"Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony from the album, 3.0.

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The Two-Way
5:38 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Police Capture Prison Escapee David Sweat, Ending Weeks-Long Manhunt

David Sweat, who escaped along with Richard Matt from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.
New York State Police AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:57 am

Updated at 7:40 p.m. ET

David Sweat, one of two inmates who escaped from a prison in upstate New York earlier this month, has been shot but taken alive just days after his accomplice, Richard Matt, was killed by police.

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Parallels
5:38 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

How The Battle Over Elián González Helped Change U.S. Cuba Policy

Federal agents seized Elián González, held in a closet by Donato Dalrymple, in Miami in April 2000. Dalrymple rescued the boy from the ocean after his mother drowned when they tried to escape Cuba.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 12:43 pm

Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the end of the Elián González drama — the international custody battle that gave the cable news networks bizarre fodder for seven long months in 1999 and 2000.

Elián was a 5-year-old boy found drifting off the Florida coast after his mother drowned during their attempt to escape communist Cuba. Miami's anti-communist Cuban-American leaders demanded Elián be allowed to live with relatives in Miami. The boy's father wanted him back in Cuba. So did Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

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The Two-Way
5:38 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Multiple Shark Attacks On Carolina Beaches

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 3:40 pm

For the second time in as many days, a swimmer off North Carolina's Outer Banks has been attacked by a shark.

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1:18 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Veto of Funding for New FIO Vessel Leaves Questions

While the University of South Florida received funding in the state budget for its downtown Tampa medical school and a St. Petersburg business school, money that would have gone to a new research vessel was removed by Governor Rick Scott's veto pen earlier this week. The Florida Institute of Oceanography, the collaborative effort of dozens of research institutes and agencies, is based out of the USF College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg. The $6 million FIO was seeking would be used to buy a research boat to replace the aging Bellows. The Tampa Bay Times reports that FIO officials and state lawmakers are trying to figure out what to do next.
ST. PETERSBURG - The 71-foot research vessel Bellows has been a marine sciences workhorse for four decades, helping researchers monitor red tide, analyze coral in the Keys and study oily water after the Deepwater Horizon spill. Thousands of students have used the ship as a floating lab, as well.
1:08 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Outgoing Registrar Says Emails Will Show USF VP Discriminated Against Her

Angela DeBose, the University of South Florida registrar who's currently on leave, wants a Hillsborough County civil court to compel USF to release emails that she says will show a USF official discriminated against her because of her race and gender. The Tampa Bay Business Journal says DeBose's request claims that emails will show Vice President for Student Success Paul Dosal discriminated against her because she's black and a woman. She also says Dosal became more aggressive towards her after she asked the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate him. USF is set to fire DeBose when her professional leave ends in August.
University of South Florida's outgoing registrar, the official in charge of student records, wants a court to make the university show emails she believes will vindicate her in a yearlong discrimination battle. Angela DeBose, who is black, has accused Vice Provost for Student Success Paul Dosal, who is Hispanic, of discriminatory practices based on her race and gender.

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