Culture
5:51 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Google Picks Sarasota As Florida's Top 'E-City'

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 11:54 am

Google chose Sarasota as the Sunshine state’s leading E-city this year.

Based on research conducted by Google and a research firm, small businesses in Sarasota are more likely to have an online presence than other cities in Florida.

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Politics
4:16 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Another Poll Shows Governor's Race Deadlocked

Credit www.politicsdaily.com

The Florida governor’s election between former Gov. Charlie Crist and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott is essentially tied, according to a new poll from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

With less than two weeks before the election, Crist leads, 43-40 percent, with Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie pulling 8 percent, and 9 percent of likely voters saying they are undecided.

Crist’s lead is within the poll’s margin of error, and the race can be described as a statistical tie.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Fact-Checking Lifespan of Greenlight Pinellas

Credit politifact.com

One of the big local issues being voted on in the upcoming election is Greenlight Pinellas -- which would replace a property tax funding public transportation in Pinellas County with a one-cent sales tax.

That would fund an expansion of bus service and a light rail system from St. Petersburg to Clearwater.

Opponents say the tax is unfair, and in a recent email No Tax For Tracks claimed that the tax increase  is irreversible.

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Health News Florida
9:57 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Poynter to Host African Journalists After USF Cancels

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 1:08 pm

The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg will host a group of African journalists after their original hosts, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's Department of Journalism and Media Studies, canceled over concerns of the spread of the Ebola virus. 

The visit is part of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, which brings 100 international journalists to the United States each year. 

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Politics
9:04 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Poll: Scott and Crist Locked in a Dead Heat

Neck and Neck

The race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist is a dead heat with two weeks left.

That's according to a Quinnipiac University poll of likely Florida voters released Wednesday.

The poll shows that 42 percent of likely voters prefer Scott, and 42 percent prefer Crist, while 7 percent say they'd vote for Libertarian Adrian Wyllie.

The poll shows that neither candidate is viewed favorably.

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Culture
9:01 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Q&A With The Florida Orchestra Music Director On Elgar

Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis
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This weekend, concert goers can get better acquainted with the new Florida Orchestra Music Director Michael Francis. This will be the first time he'll conduct the orchestra since he was named its music director this past June.

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Health News Florida
9:01 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Rubio Proposes Ebola Visa Ban

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:01 am


U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, will propose legislation to temporarily ban visas into America for people coming from African nations known to have Ebola.

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Politics
7:13 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Scott, Crist Turn Up Heat in Final Debate

In their final --- and most heated --- debate before the Nov. 4 election, incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist came out swinging Tuesday night, excoriating each other's records as the state's chief executive and each painting his rival as out of touch with everyday Floridians.

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Health News Florida
7:27 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Hospitals Challenge AHCA over Immigrant Emergency Care

A coalition of hospitals from across the state has launched a legal challenge against the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration in a long-running dispute about payments for emergency care provided to undocumented immigrants. The challenge, filed last week in the state Division of Administrative Hearings, involves the extent of emergency care that should be covered for undocumented immigrants through the Medicaid program. The hospitals contend that AHCA overstepped its legal authority in placing a limit on when payments should end.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

A Glance at Positions by Scott, Crist

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, and former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Democrat, are running for governor. Here's a quick look at where they stand on several major issues:

ECONOMY/JOBS: Gov. Scott contends his push for tax cuts, taxpayer incentives and streamlining regulations has helped the state recover from the Great Recession. Scott wants to continue these policies, including pushing for another $1 billion in tax cuts over the next two years. Crist has criticized the use of the incentives and says more should be done to help Florida-based businesses.

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2:40 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Two Floridas in Our Future?

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Could Florida be split into two separate states? Officials with the City of South Miami have voted in favor of a resolution that would create the state of South Florida as the country's 51st state, bordered by Brevard, Orange, Polk, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Officials in the City of South Miami have passed a resolution in favor of splitting the state in half so South Florida would become the 51st state. Vice Mayor Walter Harris proposed the resolution and it passed with a 3-2 vote at the city commission meeting on Oct. 7.
Transportation
9:57 am
Tue October 21, 2014

RR Crossing on Fowler Avenue in Tampa Open Again

We don't have to use this detour anymore!
Credit FDOT

Do we hear voices raised in songs of thanksgiving? Early this morning, the Florida Department of Transportation reopened the railroad tracks at Fowler Avenue in North Tampa, just east of Nebraska Avenue. 

Kris Carson of the Florida Department of Transportation Tampa office says the annual average daily traffic count is around 48,500, so Fowler is a heavily traveled road.  

Happy Trails!

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Politics
9:08 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Scott and Crist To Clash in Final Debate

One more time - minus the fan

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist are squaring off in their final debate.

The debate, which starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, will be held at the studios of Jacksonville television station WJXT. It will be broadcast live on CNN.

Last week's live debate drew national attention and ridicule because the start was delayed by several minutes.

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Politics
9:05 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Charlie Crist's Campaign Focuses on South Florida

Former Gov. Charlie Crist arrived at Maria Rodriguez' home in Little Havana to talk about health care in what was billed as a listening tour.

"You have some beautiful fruit," Crist told her as he sat down at a dining table. Rodriguez told him about her 19-year-old daughter's lung condition and how she makes too much to receive Medicaid, but not enough to apply for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
9:02 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Former State GOP Chair Slade Dead at 78

Tom Slade
Credit www.tallahassee.com

Tom Slade, who led the Republican Party of Florida as Jeb Bush rose to power, died after being hospitalized last week for heart failure. He was 78.

A spokeswoman for the family confirmed the Monday afternoon death.

Slade led the party from 1993 to 1999, a period in which Bush lost a 1994 election to Gov. Lawton Chiles, Republicans took over the Legislature and Bush won the governorship in 1998.

The governor's mansion, House, Senate and Cabinet were all controlled by Democrats when Slade took over the party.

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