Politics
7:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Bill Clinton Comes to Tampa to Stump for Charlie Crist

Together Again

Former president Bill Clinton will headline an early vote rally in support of Charlie Crist this Sunday, October 26th at 5:00PM. The rally will be held at Cyrus Greene Park in Tampa.

Doors will open for the public at 3:15 p.m.  Anyone wishing to attend the event should visit charliecrist.com/tampa for tickets.

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Off The Base
4:41 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker on a Refueling Mission

F-16 Thunderbirds fly near the wing of a KC-135 Stratotanker.
Lottie Watts WUSF 89.7

When you're about to run out of gas in your car, you don't think too much about pulling into the closest station to fill up.  The process is a bit more complicated if you're a pilot flying an F-16 Thunderbird with the United States Air Force. That requires an airborne filling station. 

For our series Off The Base, we went on a refueling mission in a KC-135 Stratotanker out of Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base.

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Politics
2:31 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Clinton, Christie to Make FL Appearances Sunday

Former President Bill Clinton will swing through Florida on Sunday, campaigning for Democratic congressional candidate Gwen Graham in Tallahassee, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Tampa and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in Palm Beach Gardens.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming back to the state to appear on behalf of Gov. Rick Scott, this time making stops Sunday in South Florida.

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Culture
12:56 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Joe Maddon's Leaving the Tampa Bay Rays

Credit twitter

After nine seasons, 754 wins, 4 playoff appearances and an American League Championship in 2008, Joe Maddon is no longer the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon was the guiding force behind the Tampa Bay Rays' drive from perennial cellar-dwellers in the American League East to the World Series in 2008. 

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12:23 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Report: KSC Must Do More to Succeed as Spaceport

Lead in text: 
KSC has leased about half of the 23 facilities it no longer needs after the shuttle program's 2011 retirement, including giving SpaceX control of launch pad 39A. But in interviews with the auditors, six companies and KSC's closest government partner, Space Florida, continued to raise concerns about bureaucracy, high costs and potential mission conflicts that can hamper commercial operations at KSC. The companies have not abandoned the spaceport given limited options available today, but "this may change as the commercial space industry grows and additional non-Federal launch sites become available," the report says.
Kennedy Space Center has made progress transitioning into a multiuser spaceport but must do more to compete with a growing number of alternative launch sites, according to a NASA audit report released today. "The better Kennedy can position itself now as a commercial-friendly launch site, the more competitive it will be in the future," says the report by NASA's Office of Inspector General.
Politics
12:09 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Gov. Scott's 'Get Out the Early Vote' Tour Stops in New Tampa

On Friday, Governor Scott tries to rally supporters to vote early.

With just over a week left until election day Gov. Rick Scott's "Get Out the Early Vote" bus tour made a stop in New Tampa Friday. Scott made some brief remarks to a group of supporters in a small cafe to encourage them to head to the polls.

"We're on our bus, we're getting the vote out. If you have an absentee ballot, vote it. We need all the votes. And early voting, vote now. The earlier you vote, get those votes in," said Scott.

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Environment
11:35 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Gubernatorial Race Shines Light on Solar Energy in Sunshine State

Chandra Marsono Flickr / Creative Commons

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 10:47 am

The Sunshine State gets less than one percent of its energy from the sun. Most of its energy comes from natural gas, which it gets from out of state.

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Politics
11:34 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Wyllie Running Statewide Ads, But Is It Too Late?

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:03 pm

The Libertarian candidate for Governor is out with a new ad running statewide. Adrian Wyllie may not win the governor’s race, but experts say he could spoil the run for either Governor Rick Scott of Democratic challenger Charlie Crist.

Adrian Wyllie has fought to be taken seriously in the 2014 gubernatorial race, and despite being excluded from most debates and voter guides, he’s polling between seven and 13 percent. Now Wyllie is out with a statewide ads promoting his candidacy.

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Health News Florida
10:03 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Suspended Medicare HMOs Still Listed

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 10:37 pm

Many Florida shoppers at Medicare.gov will find Day Break and Sunrise among their lowest-priced HMO options. But if they call to enroll in either one, they’re out of luck.

Florida Healthcare Plus, a small Coral Gables company that sponsors the two Medicare Advantage plans, is under state and federal suspension, unable to sign up new members during the current open-enrollment season for Medicare, Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Being frozen at this time of year can be a death sentence for such plans.

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Environment
9:59 am
Fri October 24, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Holmes Beach Fisherman's Case

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 9:48 am

 The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next month involving a Holmes Beach fisherman.

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Health News Florida
9:09 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Health Director Tackles Ebola Facts, Fiction

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 1:06 pm

Hillsborough County's Health Department director is going of the offensive to combat fears about Ebola.

Douglas Holt said that concerns have grown since two health care workers in Texas tested positive for the disease after treating a man who died from it. 

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Culture
4:57 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Czech Guitarist Performs At HCC Friday Night

Guitarist Pavel Steidl at WUSF
Susan GIles Wantuck

The only thing Pavel Steidl wanted when he was growing up was a horse. His love of movies featuring cowboys and Indians sent him off in to the woods to play. That was where his older brother, who played the banjo, put a guitar in his hand and told him to accompany him.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

'Put the Middle Class First' Bus Stops in Tampa

Credit M.S Butler

Charlie Crist's running mate for lieutenant governor, Annette Taddeo, joined the bus tour called "Put the Middle Class First" to Tampa today. She talked about issues such as raising the minimum wage, making college more affordable, and protecting Social Security and Medicare.

Taddeo joked about Gov. Rick Scott's  second debate performance and says she and Crist would start by making Medicaid expansion a priority for Florida's uninsured.

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Politics
1:55 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Bondi Opposes Gay Couple's Divorce

Attorney General Pam Bondi

Attorney General Pam Bondi is opposing a bid by a gay South Florida woman to obtain a divorce from her former partner.

Bondi's office filed papers late Wednesday in Broward County Circuit Court saying a judge should not grant Heather Brassner's petition for a divorce from Megan Lade. The couple was united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont but broke up several years ago.

Among other things, the attorney general's filing says a civil union is not the same as a marriage and should not be the basis to declare Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

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University Beat
12:41 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

USF Authors Among Those Appearing at Festival of Reading

Credit Tampa Bay Times

More than a half dozen authors with ties to the University of South Florida will appear alongside such literary heavyweights as R.L. Stine and Carl Hiaasen at the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading this Saturday at the USF Saint Petersburg campus.

The list ranges from current faculty members like Jonathan Rottenberg (hear an interview with him here) to former faculty like St. Petersburg poet laureate Peter Meinke to USF graduate and "Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi. You can see a full schedule of speakers here.


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