Off The Base
6:02 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

U.S. House Passes VA Reform Legislation

Chairman U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller during a hearing before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Reform within the VA medical system is one step closer as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a compromise VA reform bill Wednesday afternoon.

The joint House and Senate legislation provides $10 Billion so veterans on waiting lists can seek care from private doctors. It also authorizes leases for 27 new medical facilities, including one in New Port Richey, and budgets $5 Billion to hire more VA doctors and medical staff.

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Law & Order
3:43 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

Credit Associated Press

Eight U.S senators including Florida's Marco Rubio introduced legislation Wednesday they say will iprove the way colleges handle sexual violence.

Rubio said he is troubled by how many students experience sexual violence on campus.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Fact-Checking Wasserman Schultz on ACA Court Rulings

Credit politifact.com

The Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- was dealt another setback recently when the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia ruled that people in states that don't operate their own insurance marketplace cannot get subsidies for the insurance they buy on the federal marketplace.

That's because the language of the ACA doesn't specifically say that.

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:04 pm

Government scientists can speak Southern after all.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that in response to complaints from staff, it's canceling plans to hold a six-week "Southern Accent Reduction" course, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

Officials at the scientific complex in east Tennessee said they had only been responding to an employee request. They've now responded to the anger of offended workers.

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Florida Matters
9:08 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Florida Matters: Sexual Assaults on College Campuses (LISTEN)

WUSF's Craig Kopp with Aaron Hubbard, Assistant State Attorney with the sex crimes division for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Hillsborough County (left), and Sabrina Griffith, the Associate Director of Residential Communities and Residence Life at the University of Tampa.
Credit Lottie Watts / WUSF

 A report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault says universities are not providing all the resources they can to protect students from sexual violence. Dozens of schools are under investigation for how they have handled sexual assault cases. 

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Health News Florida
8:44 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Florida Researchers Pave Way for Alzheimer's Study in Europe

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:37 pm

Scientists in Sarasota researched a drug that is now being tested in a large study in Europe.

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Health News Florida
8:37 am
Wed July 30, 2014

FMA Pours $300K into 'Better Florida' Committee

The Florida Medical Association, a powerful doctors' lobby, funneled $300,000 this month into a political committee that has run attack ads in at least one closely contested legislative race, according to campaign-finance reports. The Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee contributed the money July 14 to another committee known as the "Better Florida Fund Corp." In February, the FMA also put $1.25 million into the Better Florida Fund Corp.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Crist Pushing for Minimum Wage, Equal Pay

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, left, and St. Petersburg Councilwoman Darden Rice discuss Crist's plan to sign five executive orders if he is elected.
Credit Mary Shedden/WUSF

If Charlie Crist returns to Florida's governor's office, he plans to sign some executive orders as his first order of business, he said Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

His plan would address areas popular with Democratic voters. Crist would raise the minimum wage for state contractors and promote equal pay for women at companies doing business with the state. He would require the state to hire Florida companies as subcontractors whenever possible.

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Law & Order
2:39 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Girl Hit By Plane on Beach Dies

Ommy and Oceana Irizarry were killed when a plane made a crash landing on a Sarasota-area beach this past Sunday.
Credit Family photo / All Children's Hospital

A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a Gulf Coast beach near Sarasota while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

Oceana Irizzary's father also was killed Sunday. The two, from Georgia, were walking along a beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon when the 1972 Piper Cherokee plane made an emergency landing after reporting problems.

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Off The Base
2:34 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Relief for Military Victims of Predatory Lending

Holly Petraeus with the CFPB Office of Servicemember Affairs
Credit Photo by SSG Lorie Jewell, US Army. / Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

Some 17,000 service members nationwide and other consumers who were targeted by Rome Finance through unfair lending practices will not have to payoff their outstanding finance agreements according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and several state attorney generals.

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University Beat
9:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Meet the New Boss of USF Health

Dr. Charles Lockwood, the USF Health Senior Vice President and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, shared a number of thoughts with WUSF's University Beat.
Credit USF Health

Since becoming the new senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine in early May, Dr. Charles Lockwood has sat down with every department he oversees at the University of South Florida.

The former Dean of the Ohio State University's College of Medicine is plotting a course for one of USF's flagship divisions as he takes over from Dr. Stephen Klasko, who led USF Health for nine years before leaving last June to become the president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the Jefferson University Hospital System.

WUSF's Mark Schreiner talks with USF Health Sr. VP Dr. Charles Lockwood in this extended University Beat.

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Health News Florida
7:04 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Doctors Will Appeal 'Docs vs. Glocks' Ruling

Credit MGN Online

Doctors and gun-control advocates said Monday they will appeal to the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals a ruling that upheld Florida's controversial "docs vs. glocks" law.

A three-judge panel of the court, in a 2-1 ruling last week, said the state Legislature had the right to pass the law, which includes provisions restricting doctors and other medical providers from asking questions about gun ownership during medical visits.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which is helping represent Florida doctors fighting the law, announced the appeal Monday.

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Health News Florida
6:55 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Hospitals Drop Trauma Challenges

Credit Tampa General Hospital

Three Tampa Bay-area hospitals have filed notices that they are dropping legal challenges against trauma centers at Blake Medical Center in Manatee County and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County.

The moves Friday by Tampa General Hospital, Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa were expected after an administrative law judge last month approved a new state rule for determining where trauma centers could be allowed across the state.

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Politics
8:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Judge Upholds Blind Trust Law; Gov. Scott in the Clear

Reason to smile

A state law allowing elected officials to set up blind trusts does not violate the Florida Constitution's open-government requirements, a Leon County judge ruled Monday, clearing the way for Gov. Rick Scott to continue to shield his assets from the public and himself.

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Florida Matters
6:43 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Sexual Assaults on College Campuses Targeted

Credit Courtesy U.S. Navy

A White House Task Force report says universities are not providing all the resources they can to protect students from sexual violence.

We will have a panel discussion about sexual assaults on college campuses tonight on Florida Matters.

WUSF intern Lucielle Salomon explains what happens when a sexual assault is reported at the University of South Florida Tampa campus.

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