Florida Matters
4:18 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Florida Matters Preview: Are You A Savvy Health Consumer?

Credit AHRQ.gov

The last time you felt dizzy or experienced an unusual pain, be honest.  Did you Google it? Or have you ever read a post on Facebook that got you worried about your health?

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3:49 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

USF Worker Accused of Threatening Ohio Elementary School

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Kyle A. Parramore, 23, of Wesley Chapel, was arrested by USF police and the FBI and booked at the Hillsborough County Jail with no bail. He was awaiting extradition to Lawrence County in Ohio, according to the jail website. Parramore was charged with making terroristic threats and inducing panic, both felonies, according to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. WOWK-TV in West Virgnia reported that an “internet thread” where the threat was made mentions “shooting up an southern Ohio school” but does not specificy a school.
A University of South Florida maintenance worker was arrested on campus Saturday night in connection with a threat of violence directed at an Ohio elementary school, authorities said. Kyle A. Parramore, 23, of Wesley Chappel, was arrested by USF police and the FBI and booked at the Hillsborough County Jail with no bail.
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Law & Order
12:13 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

One Dead in 5th Wrong-Way Highway Crash This Year

A woman was killed after driving her car the wrong way on southbound I-75 this morning and striking a tractor trailer in Pasco County.
Credit Florida Highway Patrol

For the fifth time this year, a wrong-way crash on a Tampa-area interstate has claimed a life.

This morning's crash happened near Dade City in Pasco County. The Florida Highway Patrol says a 25-year-old woman was driving north in the inside lane of I-75 around 4:35 a.m. on Monday. She struck a tractor trailer hauling food and beverage products.

The woman was taken to Bayonet Point Medical Center in Hudson, where she died.

The truck driver wasn't injured.

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Law & Order
11:49 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Second Trial in Loud Music Killing Set for Today

Michael Dunn
Credit Bob Self / Associated Press

Jury selection is set to begin for the second trial of a Florida man accused of killing a Georgia teenager during an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store.

Attorneys for 47-year-old Michael Dunn want to move the trial away from Jacksonville, citing widespread publicity about the case. Circuit Judge Russell Healey has said he'll decide whether to move the trial during jury selection.

Earlier, jurors found Dunn guilty of attempted second-degree murder and firing into an occupied vehicle. They deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge.

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StateImpact Florida
11:27 am
Mon September 22, 2014

How Broward College Is Reducing Student Debt

The debt management seminar taught by Kent Dunston is part of the school's efforts to reduce student loan debt.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

To get a student loan at Broward College, you’ve got to sit through a two-hour financial lesson with Kent Dunston first.

At times, it’s a little like “Scared Straight!” – that 1978 documentary about setting juvenile delinquents on the right path -- but for your credit score.

Dunston’s first piece of advice – figure out how much money you’re going to need.

“You’re not going to borrow more than that amount of money,” he told the students. “You’ll be offered more. You don’t need it.”

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Health News Florida
10:53 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Detert: Lawmakers Will Fix Extended Foster Care

State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice
Credit AP

The sponsor of Florida's 2013 law extending foster care to age 21 is working on a legislative fix to resolve confusion about which state agency is responsible for severely disabled young adults in the program.

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, is meeting with children's advocates and service providers about the issue, which involves whether the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities or the Department of Children and Families should pay for disabled people in foster care between ages 18 and 22.

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Health News Florida
9:45 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Scammer: Health Workers Key to FL ID Theft (VIDEO)

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 10:29 am

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The Two-Way
9:08 am
Mon September 22, 2014

NASA: MAVEN Spacecraft Safely Circling Mars

Artist concept of MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around Mars.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 10:44 am

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft conducted a 33-minute burn of its six main engines to ease into an orbit around Mars after a nearly yearlong, 442 million-mile voyage from Earth. The probe's mission is to study the red planet's atmosphere.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Second Life after 9/11

Robert "Bob" Rogan and Christina Hoskin
Credit StoryCorps

Christina Hoskin and Robert "Bob" Rogan are best friends and life partners - but it hasn’t always been that way. The two met in New Jersey while both were in previous marriages.

On this week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay, she says everything started to change on September 11th, 2001. Christina picks up the story that morning in the car with her husband, Dick.

“It Never Changes To Stop” by The Books from Lost and Safe

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8:21 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Marvel's New Hero Wants To Save The World — And The Citrus Industry

A new comic features Captain Citrus teaming up with the Avengers to defeat a villain. The new superhero, who uses the power of the sun to generate "energy items," is sponsored by Florida's citrus industry.
Florida Citrus

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:12 pm

Marvel's latest superhero, Captain Citrus, draws his power from the sun and hails from a Florida orange grove. And here's his true origin story: He was developed by Marvel for Florida's citrus growers, who hope the hero will use his powers to help them sell more orange juice.

Captain Of An Industry

Marvel's successful films and comics, from Spider-Man to The Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy, have made them a hit with not just audiences, but also businesses.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:22 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Not My Job: Travel Guru Rick Steves Gets Quizzed On Steve Ricks

Courtesy of Rick Steves

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 11:40 am

Travel guru Rick Steves was born and raised in Seattle, where we're taping our show this week, but he didn't stay put for long. Steves spent most of his adult life traveling the world, writing a series of guidebooks, hosting a travel show for PBS and ruining some of Europe's most treasured cities with hordes of Americans following his advice.

Since we specialize in asking people things they know nothing about, we've decided to ask Rick Steves three questions about people out there in the world named Steve Ricks.

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10:38 am
Sat September 20, 2014

State-Backed Citizens Insurance May Put Early End to Storm Tax

A 1 percent charge imposed on most homeowners' policies to help the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. cover losses from the last of the 2005 hurricanes may come off the books two years early.

Citizens' Board of Governors will be asked Wednesday to put an end date of July 1, 2015, on the storm assessment, which has been slated to continue until June 30, 2017, according a proposal on the board's agenda.

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5:40 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Annual Coastal Cleanup is on Saturday

Credit http://www.keeptampabaybeautiful.org/photos.shtml

Volunteers will be at coastal areas around the Tampa Bay area Saturday morning as part of an effort to clean up litter that poses a threat to both humans and animals. 

People's leftovers, water bottles and plastic bags near the coast not only pose a threat to public safety, but also to animals sea life. Many places around the Tampa Bay area are hosting a coastal cleanup on Saturday morning, including Pasco County and the Hillsborough River.

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4:39 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

August Unemployment Numbers Up Slightly

Credit fr.wikipedia.org

The August unemployment rates for Florida were released today. Changes were minimal from July to August.
Florida’s unemployment rate for August is 6.3%, slightly higher than the rate for July.

Florida has a higher unemployment than the U.S., with the national rate coming in at 6.1 percent. In the bay area, Hernando county has the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent.

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Off The Base
12:24 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Army Ranger Cory Remsburg 'Leads the Way'

Dr. Steven Scott, director of the Polytrauma Center at James A. Haley VA Hospital, talks with his former patient, Army Ranger Cory Remsburg.
Bobbie O'Brien WUSF Public Media

Army Ranger Cory Remsburg returns each year to James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa to show the staff his progress. He was severely injured in 2009 and spent two years recovering at Haley’s Polytrauma Center.

Remsburg was on his tenth deployment when he was injured by an IED in Afghanistan. His teammates found him face down in a water-filled canal with shrapnel in his brain.

He was in a coma when he arrived at the Haley.

More than 800 patients have come through the polytrauma system according to Haley Chief of Staff Dr. Edward Cutolo, but he remembers Remsburg.

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