Health News Florida
6:56 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Whistleblowers Risk Retaliation as Part of Prison 'Culture'

Whistleblowers at a North Florida prison were punished by their bosses after exposing abuse of inmates, including an instance where one guard sprayed noxious chemicals into a prisoner's mouth, according to an investigation by the state's Commission on Human Relations.

The Wakulla Correctional Institution case reveals a pattern that has re-emerged in recent months, as the embattled Florida Department of Corrections faces allegations that it has repeatedly ignored inmate abuse --- and punished workers for revealing the truth.

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Health News Florida
5:43 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Sleeve Created To Combat Elbow Injuries In Baseball Pitchers

Credit Motus Global

There is an innovation in sports science now under testing, that some say could change the future of baseball. With arm injuries rampant across all levels of baseball, the Motus Sports Sleeve is being touted to give the feedback pitchers need to help prevent arm injuries.

 

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Business
9:39 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Utility, Foes of 'Smart Meters' Square Off

State regulators Tuesday took up a dispute about a Florida Power & Light plan to collect extra money from thousands of customers who refuse to allow "smart" meters to gauge electricity use.

The dispute involves only a fraction of FPL's customers, but it is part of a broader controversy in which critics say they worry the new meter technology could pose threats to their privacy or health.

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Off The Base
4:35 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Mud Run to Benefit Saint Leo Student Vets

A portion of the Mud Endeavor obstacle course in Brooksville.
Credit Courtesy Mud Endeavor

Sometimes you’ve got to get down and dirty to raise money for your charity. And that’s exactly what Saint Leo University is doing.

To raise money for the veteran student emergency fund (now known as Military Education Excellence), the Saint Leo Veteran Student Services office is partnering with Mud Endeavor to sponsor the Mud Endeavor V Saturday, Oct. 4, at 29251 Wildlife Lane, Brooksville, FL.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

USF's Sunshine State Survey on Crime and Environmental Issues

Credit http://sunshinestatesurvey.org/

USF's school of Public Affairs and Nielsen's latest results on their annual Sunshine State Survey was released today, asking how Floridians feel about crime and environmental issues.

USF Political Scientist Dr. Susan MacManus said 46 percent of Floridians are in favor of making current gun laws more restrictive, while a slight majority see no reason to do so.

"This question really reflects racial, ethnic, gender and age divide in the state," she said.

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University Beat
1:55 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hospitality Management Students Get Hands-on Experience at the Longboat Key Club

Students and faculty from the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership pose with Resort at Longboat Key GM Jeffery Mayers (in dark suit, center left)
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Sometimes the best partnerships are the ones made out of mutual need – take the new arrangement between USF Sarasota-Manatee and the Resort at Longboat Key Club.

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Politics
1:20 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Crist Kicks-Off 'Kitchen Table Tour'

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 10:46 am

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist kicked-off his ten-day “Kitchen Table Tour” Monday. Crist is traveling the state talking to middle-class Floridians and one of the first stops on his tour was in Sarasota.

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Florida Matters
9:35 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Florida Matters Preview: No Tax for Tracks vs. Yes on Greenlight

A PSTA bus in St. Petersburg.
Credit Lottie Watts / WUSF Public Media

This November, voters will decide the fate of Greenlight Pinellas, which includes a one-cent increase in the county’s sales tax in exchange for a long-term plan for light rail and expanded bus service.

This week on Florida Matters, we will hear from both sides of the debate. The conversation airs Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 a.m. on WUSF 89.7 FM.

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Law & Order
8:46 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Governor Scott Weighs In On Troubles Surrounding Florida Prisons

Gov. Scott speaking to reporters last week, following a Jacksonville Jobs announcement.

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 5:52 pm

Governor Rick Scott is weighing in on the troubles surrounding the state’s prison system. The Florida Department of Corrections has been in the news lately for prison firings, allegations of inmate abuse, and the latest: threatening to cancel their contract with private inmate health care provider.

During a recent stop in Jacksonville, Scott told reporters he’s aware of the problems in the system and he says Corrections’ Secretary Mike Crews is taking care of it.

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Health News Florida
8:46 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Tougher Compounding Rules Finally Law

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 8:47 am

Stricter regulations in the state’s compounding pharmacy industry take effect Wednesday -- two years after a national outbreak of fungal meningitis killed 64 people, including seven in Florida.

In 2012, when the New England Compounding Center outbreak happened, the state had hundreds of unregulated, non-resident facilities providing these specialized medications to Floridians. Now, the state will require permits for any pharmacies outside state boundaries that want to ship medications in state.

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Law & Order
7:25 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Prosecution Wraps Case, Defense Calls First Witnesses In Dunn Retrial

Former associate Medical Examiner Dr. Stacey Simons testifies about the bullet paths that killed Jordan Davis in Jacksonville Monday using a dummy referred to as "Bendy."

The fourth day of testimony in the Michael Dunn trial brought a lengthy end to the state's case and five new witnesses for the defense.

Forensic consultant Michael Knox testified that 17-year-old Jordan Davis’s car door was open and he may have been partially outside the vehicle when he was shot by Michael Dunn.

Dunn is charged with fatally shooting the teen at a Southside Gate gas station during a confrontation over loud music. Dunn has claimed he acted in self-defense, and in February, a jury deadlocked on whether to convict him of murder

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Politics
7:12 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Jennifer Carroll Talks Healing By Writing Tell-All Book, Continuing Book Promo Tour

Former Lt. Gov Jennifer Carroll's autobiography, "When You Get There."

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:17 pm

Former Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer says writing an autobiography on her life leading up to the events of her resignation was both therapeutic and a source of healing. She’s now promoting her book, “When You Get There,” which was released last month.

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Education
7:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Florida Education Board Approves $17.5B Funding Request Amid Testing Worries

Florida's Board of Education

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:46 pm

The Florida Board of Education’s new budget request promotes Governor Rick Scott’s pledge for record funding of K-12 public schools. If it’s approved by the legislature this Spring, the $17.5 billion request would one for the record books.

Scott has made education funding a priority for the past two years, a reversal from his first year in office when the legislature approved a $1.3 billion cut to public schools. The money has been steadily increasing since then. Now Scott is campaigning on even more money for education.

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Business
8:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

State Senator Seeks to Rein in Utility Bill Extensions

Duke Energy's Crystal River nuclear generator
Credit File photo

State utility regulators would have to give formal approval before Duke Energy Florida or any other power company could again hike customer bills through a temporary billing-cycle extension, under a measure being worked on by Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness.

Dean's office announced Monday that the senator is planning a pair of utility-related proposals for the 2015 legislative session, including one that would require approval by the state Public Service Commission before the start of any billing-cycle extensions that are not emergency-related.

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Politics
11:34 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Documents: Gov. Scott Wanted Big Deal with Seminole Tribe

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel/Casino in Tampa

Gov. Rick Scott's staff nearly reached a multi-billion dollar deal with the Seminole Indian tribe that would have allowed it to add roulette and craps at its South Florida casinos, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

The deal, which was scuttled last spring amid resistance from state legislators, also would have opened the door for the Seminoles to build a casino in the Fort Pierce area and would likely have blocked construction of any Las Vegas-style casinos in Miami for the next seven years.

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