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10:35 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Hunters Applaud Move To Allow Black Bear Hunting

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 9:40 am

  Hunters are applauding a move to allow bear hunting in Florida. The state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has moved closer to approving a one-week hunting season in fall.

It will be the first time in more than 20 years that black bears can be hunted in Florida.

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5:48 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

ESPN Suspends Reporter Over Rant Recorded By Towing Company

An image from a video in which ESPN reporter Britt McHenry berates a tow company employee. ESPN says McHenry has been suspended for one week.

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 12:10 pm

A string of insults aimed at a woman who works at a towing company were recorded by a surveillance camera. Now they've come back to sting sports reporter Britt McHenry. After the video emerged of McHenry, 28, dishing out profane verbal abuse, ESPN announced she'll be punished.

"Britt McHenry has been suspended for one week effectively immediately," the media company said.

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Health News Florida
4:34 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Music, Balloons and STD Awareness

Credit Quincy J. Walters / WUSF News

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month. Today is STD Awareness Day in Hillsborough County. 

To mark the occasion, the Hillsborough County Florida Department of Health's clinic had a free STD testing day. 

The lobby was filled with music, balloons, conversation and health trivia games. 

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World Affairs
11:49 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Pope 'Considering' Cuba Visit, Vatican Says

Pope Francis greets the faithful arriving at St. Peter's Square earlier this week. The Vatican says Francis is considering a trip to Cuba.
Alessandro Di Meo EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 11:18 am

Pope Francis, who plans to visit the United States in September, might tack onto his itinerary a side trip to Cuba, the Vatican says, but it cautions the talks with Havana are at an early stage.

The Catholic Herald quotes Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi as saying Francis is "considering the idea of a Cuba leg."

The Herald notes:

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9:01 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Marine Expedition to Investigate Plight of Manatees, Dolphins in Cuba

This has been a record year for counting the number of manatees in Florida, but what about our island neighbor to the south? Columbus first mentioned the waters off Cuba swimming with manatees, but since then they've been hunted for food.

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6:09 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Louis Armstrong's Daughter To Appear at Tampa Jazz Club Show

Sharon Preston-Folta
Courtesy The New York Times

Sharon Preston-Folta grew up knowing that jazz great Louis Armstrong was her father.

When she was little, she and her mom rode the tour bus with him. And since she didn't see him often, it was "a celebration" when her dad was around.

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10:38 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

State Environmental Official Utters "Climate Change" Repeatedly In Senate Committee

Sept. 21, 2013 - Activists on Miami Beach protest the state's lack of plans to deal with sea level rise caused by climate change.

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 1:58 pm

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8:07 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Ethical Concerns Raised In Gyrocopter Coverage

A police device rolls toward a copter device, right, that landed on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday.
Credit AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke

Ethical questions are being raised about the Tampa Bay Times' coverage of Don Hughes, the Ruskin man who flew a homemade gyrocopter onto the grounds of the Capitol.

The Times first reported on Hughes' flight close to the time he took to the air on Wednesday.

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Health News Florida
2:02 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Scott Suing Feds for Holding Hospital Funds

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 7:20 am


Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is suing the Obama administration for withholding hospital funds because the state won't expand Medicaid.

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10:15 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Tampa Bay Times Is Along For The Ride — and Catches Flak

“We spent hours and hours talking about the ethics of this,” said reporter Ben Montgomery, who first encountered Hughes when the postal worker called him at work and told him his plans. “Ultimately, we felt comfortable that he was on the authorities’ radar and that he was not homicidal or suicidal. He had his plan down to a T. Is it our job to call attention to it?” Actually, yes, say media ethicists. “A news organization should be extremely knowledgeable of the potential harm” a stunt like this could cause, said Edward Wasserman, dean of the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. “I really question their judgment. There is no end of the ways this could have gone wrong.”
If a reporter and his newspaper know in advance - months in advance, as it turns out - that a man intended to undertake a stunt that could sow panic in the nation's capital, are they obligated to alert law-enforcement authorities? And should they be faulted for not doing so until the last minute?
10:09 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Abortion Waiting Period Moves Forward In Senate

Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 3:05 pm

A bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions passed a second Senate panel Wednesday, while an identical version (HB 633) is ready to go to the House floor.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 along party lines to approve the Senate measure (SB 724), filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami.

It would add a 24-hour waiting period to the conditions for informed consent before women can terminate pregnancies.

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Health News Florida
9:44 am
Thu April 16, 2015

State Worker Health Premiums May Change

Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 11:12 am

Since 2005, monthly health insurance premiums for state workers in Florida have stayed the same.

But a bill making its way through the Florida House could make big changes to the state group employee health plan, which covers more than 300,000 state employees and their families.

Right now, workers pay $50 dollars a month for individual coverage, or $180 dollars a month for their family. That’s a fraction of the cost most people who have health insurance through a private employer.

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9:09 am
Thu April 16, 2015

'Fight for $15' Workers March for Higher Wages

Protesters gather in front of a Walmart to demand a higher minimum wage.
Credit Quincy J. Walters / WUSF News

A national protest for higher wages for low-paid workers came to the Tampa Bay area Wednesday.

About 50 protesters gathered outside of a Walmart on Fletcher Avenue in Tampa. 

They were composed of Walmart employees, fast food employees and childcare workers.

Their demand: a higher minimum wage. It was part of a nationwide protest for the Fight for $15 movement, which seeks $15 an hour.

"Fifteen in my hand, I want fifteen in my hand," the group chanted. 

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1:07 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Public Private Land Swap Survives First Vote

St. George Island State Park would be included in a survey of state land uses that could include "low-impact" agriculture under a Senate proposal.

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:53 pm

Environmentalists began the session wondering why the Department of Agriculture was playing such a key role in major rewrites of state land and water policy. With just three weeks to go, ag creep is picking up speed.

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National Security
11:48 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

President Obama To Remove Cuba From State-Sponsored Terrorism List

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 6:52 pm

President Obama intends to take Cuba off of the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and now Congress has a month and a half to decide if it wants to stop the process. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Roberta Jacobson, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, who led the negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba.

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