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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Health News Florida
10:32 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Florida, Texas Expand Medicaid – For Kids

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 8:46 am

Republican lawmakers in Florida and Texas snubbed the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for adults, but their states did broaden the program this year -- for school-age children.

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Education
9:38 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Why The ACLU Is Challenging Single-Gender Classes In Florida Schools

The ACLU is worried single-gender classes might reinforce stereotypes of the 1950s.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed federal complaints against school districts in Broward, Hernando, Hillsborough and Volusia counties over the use of all-girls or all-boys classes. The ACLU wants the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to investigate the programs.

StateImpact Florida’s Gina Jordan spoke with Galen Sherwin, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, about the complaints.

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Law & Order
9:05 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Report: Scott's Inspector Told of Cover-up

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 9:03 am

A widening scandal focusing on the treatment of Florida prison inmates includes new allegations that Gov. Rick Scott's own top watchdog was warned about the possible cover-up of two suspicious prison deaths but did not do anything.

The Miami Herald reported Friday that the governor's chief inspector general received an anonymous letter in Oct. 2012 that included details about prisoners who had died while in state custody.

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Law & Order
8:48 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Tampa Pedestrian Hit by Ambulance

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 8:51 am

A 21-year-old southwest Florida pedestrian was seriously injured when she was struck by an ambulance.

Sheriff's officials say Kimberley Nicole Tate was crossing a Tampa street Sunday morning when she was hit by a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue ambulance. There is no signal or crosswalk at the location.

Authorities said the ambulance was on its way to a call and was flashing its lights and sirens. The ambulance had just slowed down as they approached the intersection and was braking before the crash. The two paramedics stopped and started rescue efforts on Tate.

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