10:31 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Interest in Medical Marijuana Business High Around Florida

Lead in text: 
If medical marijuana does pass, crafting regulations won't start in earnest until next year. Only then will potential growers and dispensers know how much business opportunity may exist. While a lot remains unsettled, budding entrepreneurs across the state already have incorporated several dozen companies with such names as Cannabiz, Cannabis Hemporium and Marijuana Farmacy in an effort to get in on the ground floor of the industry.
The website features a photo of bright green marijuana buds covered in what looks like white crystals, announcing that Gainesville Green Cross is "Florida's premier marijuana dispensary" and the spot for "Gainesville's best cannabis." The home-page menu links to a page advising "our menus are coming soon ...
Health News Florida
10:25 am
Tue September 2, 2014

States Help Pay ACA Tax On Insurers

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 8:36 am

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it required health insurers, hospitals, device makers and pharmaceutical companies to share in the cost because they would get a windfall of new, paying customers.

But with an $8 billion tax on insurers due Sept. 30 -- the first time the new tax is being collected -- the industry is getting help from an unlikely source: taxpayers.

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9:24 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Tropical Storm Dolly Forms in Southwest Gulf

Going to Mexico?

Tropical Storm Dolly formed overnight in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says the storm is no threat to Florida.

Dolly became our season's fourth named storm just hours after the fourth month of the season began. The tropical storm appeared healthy on satellite data, and some strengthening will likely occur today before it moves ashore in northeast Mexico early Wednesday. Tropical Storm Dolly is no threat to the State of Florida.

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9:10 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Politics Of Calling In Sick

Women are more likely to take time off to care for a sick child or elderly adult, making mandatory paid sick leave a hot partisan topic.

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 11:15 am

Got the flu? Or a new baby? Perhaps a little one with chicken pox? In most countries, your employer must pay your wages if you stay home sick or to care for others. Not in America.

But a growing grass-roots movement aims to change that — starting with paid sick leave.

Already the movement has met some success. This past weekend, California became the second state in the country to mandate sick leave for employees.

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Florida Matters
12:01 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Ira Glass Declares Craig Kopp 'Normal'

Ira Glass, creator and host of This American Life.

Ira Glass, the host and creator of This American Life, will be in town Sept. 13 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg for “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass.”

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9:14 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Florida Drivers To Pay Less In License Plate Fees

Florida drivers will pay less to renew their license plates starting Sept. 1.

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:23 pm

It will hurt your wallet a little bit less the next time you have to renew your license plates.

Starting Sept. 1, tag fees for cars, trucks and motorcycles will drop by about $17 to $25 each, depending on the type of vehicle and its weight.

Legislation passed during the 2014 session slashed the fees, which were increased in 2009, while Florida lawmakers were looking for ways to balance the state budget during tough economic times.

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9:14 am
Mon September 1, 2014

In Florida, Labor Not Doing Well This Labor Day

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 2:28 pm

Labor Day was created to celebrate the country’s labor movement and its social and economic achievements, but a new study from FIU’s Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) may dampen some of this year’s celebration.

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3:51 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Passenger Rail Foes Meet with DOT, Gov. Scott's Office

I hear that train a-comin?
Credit oregonlive.com

The next stop for a group of wealthy opponents of a proposed Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail service is a meeting with officials behind the private venture.

The Coral Gables-based All Aboard Florida announced Thursday it would meet in a few weeks with the relatively new residential group from Jupiter and Martin County.

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3:59 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Voting-Rights Groups Want Fl. Supreme Court to Hear Redistricting Case

A coalition of voting-rights organizations and individual voters wants the Florida Supreme Court take up the legal battle over the state's congressional districts.

In a notice of appeal filed Friday with the 1st District Court of Appeal, the groups --- which include the League of Women Voters of Florida --- also said they were giving up on having the lines changed in time for this year's congressional elections.

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Health News Florida
11:01 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Polk Sheriff Judd, John Morgan Square Off Over Medical Marijuana

Credit Robin Sussingham

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 700 people packed into a high school auditorium in Lakeland Thursday night. They came to see Florida heavyweights John Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd square off over legalizing medical marijuana.

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NPR Story
10:27 am
Fri August 29, 2014

FIU Study Finds Link Between Good Handwriting And Good Grades

Art may be another way parents can help their children practice their fine-motor skills, says FIU professor Laura Dinehart.

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 10:03 am

Do you have sloppy penmanship? A Florida International University professor's research finds that kids whose writing is easy to read tend to do better in school.


After examining the handwriting of 3,000 preschool students in Miami-Dade County, an FIU study found good handwriting and good grades are related.

FIU early childhood education professor Laura Dinehart focused her study on students from low-income households.

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10:20 am
Fri August 29, 2014

As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

Patrick Roy's company, Coastal Rental Equipment, used to rent these large pumps to offshore divers who work for oil and natural gas drillers. After the BP oil spill, when the government introduced a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the Patterson, La., business suffered losses and eventually shut down.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 7:55 am

BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted business all along the coastline. Through the end of July, the oil giant paid more than $13 billion to compensate people, businesses and communities affected. The company is disputing some of those claims in court battles that could drag on for years.

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9:50 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Florida's Teacher Union Says Scholarship Program Is Unconstitutional

The Florida Education Association is challenging the state's private school tax credit scholarship program in court.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 10:14 pm

When Florida first approved its private school tax credit scholarship program in 2001, Florida Education Association attorney Ron Meyer said education groups questioned the legality, but no one really objected to helping low-income students get out of low-performing schools.

But then the scholarship program started to grow. Lawmakers approved a law that automatically expanded the program each year. Then earlier this year lawmakers raised the income cap. Now, a family of four earning $62,000 can receive a partial scholarship.

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Off The Base
9:18 am
Fri August 29, 2014

A 'Golden Age' and New Leader for SOCOM

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, passes the U.S. Special Operations Command flag to incoming commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III during a change-of-command ceremony in Tampa on Aug. 28.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt Department of Defense

The significance of the U.S. Special Operations Command, based at MacDill Air Force Base, can be measured by the fact that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel came to Tampa for the change of command ceremony.

“As a testament to the growing demand for special operators, SOCOM has grown by almost 8,000 people over the last three years,” Hagel told an invited audience of hundreds, most in military uniform. “And its growth will continue even as other parts of our military drawdown.”

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NPR Story
5:25 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Report: Florida's Minimum Wage Less Than Half What It Should Be

A new report says Florida's minimum wage is significantly less than what it takes to live in the Sunshine State.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 5:30 pm

Just in time for Labor Day, a new report finds that Florida’s minimum wage is less than half what workers need to cover basic expenses.

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