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Florida Matters: Food Traditions

During this Thanksgiving week, we're taking a second listen to our show on food, family and traditions. From passing on the recipe for French Canadian meat pie, to making the perfect rice and meeting the bakers who make award-winning pies in Lakeland, our reporters are taking you into the kitchen.
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The easing of travel restrictions to Cuba could unleash a torrent of 'Yanqui' tourists, something that has the potential to transform a poor island that is rich in history, architecture and natural beauty.

WUSF's Steve Newborn visited Cuba with Sarasota-based Sea to Shore Alliance before the United States embassy reopened. He takes us on a tour of Old Havana and sees what is being done to prepare for a possible influx of newcomers.

Click HERE to watch a soundslide of that trip.

The Sabal Trail pipeline, a joint venture of Spectra Energy, Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light Co.'s parent company, would extend 515 miles from central Alabama to Osceola County. The project, which covers more than 260 miles in Florida, faces a legal challenge to a state permit in Florida from an environmental group named the WWALS Watershed Coalition. On Oct. 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrote to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, saying it had "very significant concerns" about the process of choosing a route because of the threat of pollution to the Floridan Aquifer and the impact on conservation areas.

Donald Trump returns to the Florida campaign trail on Saturday for a rally in Sarasota at an arena that holds about 5,500 people. His campaign on Wednesday was considering moving the event outdoors to accommodate a larger crowd for Trump, who is crushing Florida favorite sons Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in state polls. The “mass hysteria” can’t last, says veteran Florida Republican operative and Bush supporter Mac Stipanovich, though he admits he’s getting less confident as the weeks and months go by with Trump atop the polls.

Gov. Scott Urges Lawmakers to Fund Bear-Proofing Measures

17 hours ago
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The state would set aside $230,000 for bear-resistant trash cans and outreach programs to reduce conflicts between humans and bears, as part of Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $79.3 billion budget.

The money would be used to partner with residents, local governments and businesses as a way to prevent bear attacks, according to a press release that accompanied Scott's budget on Monday. The funding request will be considered during the 2016 legislative session that begins in January.

Florida Dodges Hurricanes - Again

19 hours ago

The Atlantic hurricane season is coming to a close for the 10th consecutive year without Florida taking a direct hit.

Going from June 1 to Nov. 30 without a hurricane making landfall --- even though hurricanes can form outside the designated "season" --- is once again great news for residents and for the insurance industry.

But emergency-management officials say there isn't time to rest.

Cloudy patches from other kinds of disasters --- storm-related flooding and tornadoes --- could be on the winter and spring horizon.

Watch: Bok Tower Gardens Bromeliad Tree

Nov 25, 2015
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A 15-foot-tall Christmas tree was created with nearly 350 bromeliads can be seen outside the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate during the Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens celebration, November 27th through January 3rd.

Click on the video below to hear Bok Tower gardener John Arnett talk about this unique tree.

Many people have seen the ads on TV pushing this pill or that device. It's usually followed by "Ask your doctor if this medication is right for you."

But the American Medical Association says those ads contribute to rising drug costs and patient demands for inappropriate treatments and they're calling for a ban on what they call "direct-to-consumer" ads for prescription drugs and implantable devices.

Plaintiffs Back Off Changes to Tampa-Area Districts

Nov 25, 2015

A coalition of voting-rights organizations has withdrawn two state Senate redistricting proposals it had submitted to a Leon County judge, virtually ensuring that at least one district will cross Tampa Bay when the legal fight ends.

The coalition, which includes the League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause Florida, announced the move one day before the groups and the Legislature are set to file briefs with Circuit Court Judge George Reynolds objecting to each other's maps. The state Senate has submitted a single map that would cross the bay.

Although the Department of Health has awarded licenses to grow cannabis, patients could still be waiting more than nine months for treatment.  But one of the nurseries is hoping to push that timeline forward.

Lawyers For Jameis Winston Threaten To Sue CNN

Nov 25, 2015

Lawyers for Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Jameis Winston are threatening to sue CNN. The move stems from that network’s screening of a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.


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