University Beat
10:30 am
Tue May 5, 2015

UF Opens Food Pantry for Needy Students & Staff

The University of Florida is opening a food pantry for needy students and staff.

The pantry is scheduled to open when Summer B classes begin June 29.

The Gainesville Sun reports the Dean of Students office will run the pantry, which is a university-wide collaboration.

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Politics
7:09 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Seminole Tribe Of Florida Pleas For Renewal Of Card Game Agreement

The Seminole Tribe of Florida wants the state to extend a portion of its gambling compact that expires this summer. It allows banked card games like baccarat exclusively at five Seminole casinos and generates more than a $100 million a year for the state.

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:44 am

The Seminole Tribe of Florida wants to keep its exclusive rights to blackjack and other banked card games, but the Legislature's abrupt adjournment this year might have dealt the tribe a bad hand. 

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Law & Order
6:34 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Body Cameras Bill Sponsor Intends To Bring Dead Bill Back Next Year

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:22 pm

While one body cameras-related bill was sent to the Governor, another died amid the budget impasse between the House and Senate. But, the bill’s main sponsor says he’ll be back again next year.

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Politics
6:19 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Scott Appoints 16 Without Confirmation

Gov. Rick Scott fired back at a fellow Republican, Senate President Andy Gardiner, appointing 16 top agency heads who weren't confirmed. Gardiner threatened not to pass Scott's tax cuts.

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 5:25 pm

Not all of the political warfare in the Capitol is between the House and Senate. Gov. Rick Scott fired a shot over the bow of Senate President Andy Gardiner today, reappointing 16 agency heads who weren’t confirmed.

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Law & Order
6:09 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Sheriffs From Across Florida Honor The Fallen

Washington County Sheriff Bobby Hancock leading the invocation.

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 5:56 pm

Florida sheriffs gathered in Tallahassee Monday to honor those who lost their lives last year in the line of duty.  The Florida Sheriff’s association memorialized three deputies including Leon County’s Chris Smith.

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Business
5:43 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Over 500 Local Non-Profits To Fundraise

A promotional flyer for Give Day Tampa Bay 2015.
Credit Photo Courtesy of Humane Society of the Nature Coast, Inc.

  Tuesday is the second annual "Give Day Tampa Bay."

The event is a 24-hour online fundraiser that starts at midnight and lasts until midnight on Tuesday. Last year, 385 non-profit organizations participated and the event raised over $1 million. This year, 550 non-profits are participating and organizers are hoping to exceed the amount raised last year.

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News
2:49 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Retired Doc Ben Carson Running for President

Ben Carson speaking in Iowa in January.

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 2:46 pm

Retired surgeon West Palm Beach resident Ben Carson declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday, resting his longshot bid on his vision of the nation as "a place of dreams" where people can thrive when freed from an overbearing government.

Carson, the only African-American in the race, spoke in front of hundreds of people at Detroit Music Hall, a few miles from a high school that bears his name. A choir singing the chorus from Eminem's "Lose Yourself" set the stage.

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News
2:11 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

FL Lawmakers Push Bills Tied To Their Private Jobs

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:45 am

During the recently-concluded legislative session, Senate President Andy Gardiner constantly warned about the threat to the state's hospitals if they were to lose more than $1 billion that now comes from the federal government.

There's a good reason Gardiner understands hospitals: he works for one.

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News
2:11 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Kansas, Texas To Back Scott In 'LIP' Lawsuit

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 1:56 pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Gov. Rick Scott in a lawsuit against the Obama administration stemming from negotiations about extending the Low Income Pool program, Scott's office announced Monday.

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Education
11:07 am
Mon May 4, 2015

It Takes A 'Forest' To Feed An Elementary School

The young crops in Kelsey Pharr Elementary School's 'food forest."
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

Rain is terrible when you’re trying to give tours of your new garden.

But it’s great for the spinach, sweet potato and purple passion fruit rapidly taking root.

On a very rainy day, Kelsey Pharr Elementary third graders Ronnield Luna and Jeffrey Arroyo are showing grownups around what used to be a grass field.

Now the school in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood has several thousand square feet of all kinds of fruit and vegetables.

Some you can find at your supermarket.

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StoryCorps: Tampa Bay
9:10 am
Mon May 4, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Military Life

Beatrice and Sheila Rue
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Sheila Rue talks with her mom Beatrice, about her father when he was in the military.  Roger Rue was in the Vietnam War in the late 60s and they talk about how being a military family at that time affected their lives. 

Sheila Rue is program director here at WUSF.

Music: 

“I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish from the album, I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die."

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Politics
9:09 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Ten Big Issues Remain as Regular Session Ends

Ordinarily, the last week of the annual legislative session is a blur of deal-making, with bills bouncing back and forth across the Capitol's fourth floor. But with the House adjourning Tuesday amid a battle with the Senate about budget and health-care issues, the 2015 session will be remembered for its messy end --- and the piles of bills that died in the crossfire. Lawmakers will come back sometime in May or June for a special session to negotiate and pass a budget. But with the 60-day regular session formally ending Friday, here is where 10 major issues stand:

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Health News Florida
8:57 am
Mon May 4, 2015

While Lawmakers Feud, Scott Visits Ferris Wheel, Wawa

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:56 am

When it became clear that the House and Senate wouldn’t agree on a budget, Republican Gov. Rick Scott was in California trying to get shipping companies to move to Florida.

And when the Legislature was at the point of no return to either pass a budget or go home without completing the one task it’s legally required to do each year, Scott was at a Wawa gas station opening in Fort Myers.

When the Senate threatened Wednesday to bring legal action against the House for adjourning three days early with more work to be done, Scott was visiting a giant Ferris wheel in Orlando.

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Law & Order
8:54 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Justices: House Adjournment Violated Constitution

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 1:39 pm

  The decision by House leaders to end their legislative session more than three days early violated the state Constitution, a majority of the Florida Supreme Court said Friday, while ruling that it was too late to order lawmakers to return to Tallahassee.

The ruling effectively ended the 2015 regular session, which was notable for an unresolved budget controversy that caused widespread dysfunction and sharp exchanges between Republican leaders.

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Health News Florida
8:26 am
Mon May 4, 2015

About Half of FL Hospitals Earn 'A' For Safety

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:28 am

 

 The latest Hospital Safety Scores released by the not-for-profit watchdog Leapfrog Group show almost half of general, acute-care hospitals in Florida earned an A.

The group calculates the grades twice a year on using data on errors, injuries, accidents and infections, and posts the results in a searchable database.

Out of the 165 Florida hospitals they graded, 77 got an A.

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