Politics
11:57 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Fact-Checking Charge that Charlie Crist Swindled Investor

Credit politifact.com

If you watch television is the state of Florida, you have probably seen a TV ad from the Republican Party of Florida featuring a man who says he was swindled by Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

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Health News Florida
10:32 am
Thu October 2, 2014

DCF: 18 Incidents Before Mass Killings

Mike Carroll, interim director of the Florida Department of Children and Families

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 9:04 am

Over an eight-year period, Florida's child welfare agency was repeatedly called with allegations that the six children of Sarah Spirit were being mistreated, abused or neglected.

At one point, several children told child protection investigators that they feared their grandfather, Don Spirit. Don Spirit was supervising the children when one child was burned on a space heater. He was outside with another child when that child fractured his arm. Don Spirit was also seen by one of the children when he beat his daughter while she was 36 weeks pregnant.

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Health News Florida
8:30 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Seniors Tackle Diabetes Before Diagnosis

Seven graduates of the St. Petersburg YMCA Diabetes Prevention program and their Instructor Lois Huyghue
Mary Shedden

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 9:42 am

It’s graduation day at the St. Petersburg YMCA, and Ruth Neal and her classmates are taking a victory lap.

The past 16 weeks, they've talked nonstop about counting fat grams, portion control and the value of being active 150 minutes a week.

“I’m going to stick with it, because I want to be as blessed as my mother was. One hundred and six years old when she passed. I want to be just as blessed,” the 71-year-old from St. Petersburg said of her newfound weight loss and exercise routine.

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Law & Order
6:40 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Wrong-Way Driver Arrested on Veterans Expressway

An Oldsmar woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after she drove the wrong way on the Veterans Expressway near Gunn Highway in Tampa, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

During a taping for an upcoming Florida Matters on an apparent outbreak of wrong-way crashes in the Tampa Bay area, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins said this latest arrest happened at about 1:30 a.m.

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Law & Order
4:14 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Michael Dunn Found Guilty Of First-Degree Murder

Michael Dunn listens as the jury delivers its verdict on October 1, 2014.

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 11:16 pm

Jurors in the retrial of Michael Dunn have found him guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

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Politics
1:41 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Redistricting Fight Speeding to Fl. Supreme Court

A high-stakes legal battle about the constitutionality of the state's congressional districts should be fast-tracked to the Florida Supreme Court, a divided appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Under the ruling, the 1st District Court of Appeal would not take up a challenge to districts redrawn in August by the Legislature and to other decisions by a circuit judge. Instead, the case would go directly to the Supreme Court --- a relatively unusual move known as "certification" of the case to the higher court.

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Off The Base
7:23 am
Wed October 1, 2014

VA Secretary Visits Florida Facilities

VA Secretary Robert McDonald.
Credit U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

The new Secretary of Veteran Affairs is in Florida today to hear from veterans and talk to VA employees about his initiative to restore trust in the VA and eliminate the backlog of claims and long waits for health care.

Robert McDonald, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, is spending his first 90 days in office visiting VA facilities nationwide to explain his reform plan dubbed Road to Veterans Day 2014.

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Law & Order
7:03 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Michael Dunn Testifies; Closing Arguments Heard In Retrial

Michael Dunn testifies in court on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 10:02 am

Jordan Davis’s father Ron Davis wiped away tears as Assistant State Attorney John Guy made his final statements before jury deliberations in the retrial of Michael Dunn Tuesday.

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Health News Florida
6:56 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Whistleblowers Risk Retaliation as Part of Prison 'Culture'

Whistleblowers at a North Florida prison were punished by their bosses after exposing abuse of inmates, including an instance where one guard sprayed noxious chemicals into a prisoner's mouth, according to an investigation by the state's Commission on Human Relations.

The Wakulla Correctional Institution case reveals a pattern that has re-emerged in recent months, as the embattled Florida Department of Corrections faces allegations that it has repeatedly ignored inmate abuse --- and punished workers for revealing the truth.

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Health News Florida
5:43 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Sleeve Created To Combat Elbow Injuries In Baseball Pitchers

Credit Motus Global

There is an innovation in sports science now being tested that some say could change the future of baseball. With arm injuries rampant across all levels of baseball, the Motus Sports Sleeve is being touted to give the feedback pitchers need to help prevent arm injuries.

 

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Business
9:39 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Utility, Foes of 'Smart Meters' Square Off

State regulators Tuesday took up a dispute about a Florida Power & Light plan to collect extra money from thousands of customers who refuse to allow "smart" meters to gauge electricity use.

The dispute involves only a fraction of FPL's customers, but it is part of a broader controversy in which critics say they worry the new meter technology could pose threats to their privacy or health.

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Off The Base
4:35 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Mud Run to Benefit Saint Leo Student Vets

A portion of the Mud Endeavor obstacle course in Brooksville.
Credit Courtesy Mud Endeavor

Sometimes you’ve got to get down and dirty to raise money for your charity. And that’s exactly what Saint Leo University is doing.

To raise money for the veteran student emergency fund (now known as Military Education Excellence), the Saint Leo Veteran Student Services office is partnering with Mud Endeavor to sponsor the Mud Endeavor V Saturday, Oct. 4, at 29251 Wildlife Lane, Brooksville, FL.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

USF's Sunshine State Survey on Crime and Environmental Issues

Credit http://sunshinestatesurvey.org/

 USF's school of Public Affairs and Nielsen's latest results on their annual Sunshine State Survey was released today, asking how Floridians feel about crime and environmental issues.

USF Political Scientist Dr. Susan MacManus said 46 percent of Floridians are in favor of making current gun laws more restrictive, while a slight majority see no reason to do so.

"This question really reflects racial, ethnic, gender and age divide in the state," she said.

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University Beat
1:55 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hospitality Management Students Get Hands-on Experience at the Longboat Key Club

Students and faculty from the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership pose with Resort at Longboat Key GM Jeffery Mayers (in dark suit, center left)
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Sometimes the best partnerships are the ones made out of mutual need – take the new arrangement between USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Resort at Longboat Key Club.

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Politics
1:20 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Crist Kicks-Off 'Kitchen Table Tour'

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 10:46 am

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist kicked-off his ten-day “Kitchen Table Tour” Monday. Crist is traveling the state talking to middle-class Floridians and one of the first stops on his tour was in Sarasota.

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