9:11 am
Thu November 27, 2014

'Discussion's Coming' On Difficult Gambling Deal

Credit naplesnews.com

Re-upping a lucrative gambling deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe will be a crapshoot when lawmakers return to Tallahassee next year.

A portion of the agreement, called a "compact," signed in 2009 giving the tribe exclusive rights to conduct card games at seven of its facilities, dries up in July unless lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott renew the deal.

Insiders working on a new plan say it's a heavy lift.

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Former CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Sexual Assault

Former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
Sonia Recchia Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 3:03 pm

Jian Ghomeshi, a former radio host in Canada, was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

The charges carry sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison.

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NPR Story
12:25 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

DEP Secretary Vinyard Retires; Scott Names Interim

Herschel Vinyard, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:25 am

Clifford Wilson III is the Interim Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. His position is official December 1, the day Secretary Herschel Vinyard steps down due to retirement, according to a statement from Governor Rick Scott's communications office.

“Secretary Vinyard was instrumental in helping us protect Florida’s environment for future generations, and we are thankful for his service to Florida families," Scott said in a written statement.

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12:15 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Florida Panther Road Deaths Reach All-Time High

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:12 am

There are several weeks left in this year and Florida has already tied its all-time record of panthers killed by cars. Nineteen endangered Florida panthers have died after being struck by vehicles this year.

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Health News Florida
10:49 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Which Medicare Path Do I Take?

Carol Gentry, special correspondent.

(Editor's Note: It's Medicare enrollment season, now through Dec. 7, and beneficiaries are trying to decide on a plan. Health News Florida’s Carol Gentry, who has covered Medicare for many years, is seeing the federal program from a new point of view: as a beneficiary. Her first commentary, which aired Oct. 9, was "Medicare's Complexity Can Be Scary." The second one, "Which Medicare Path Do I Take?" is below).

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The Two-Way
2:22 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Protests Of Grand Jury Decision Fan Out Across The Country

People gather outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on Tuesday.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:04 am

Updated at 6:54 a.m.

Public reaction to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has ranged from fire and looting close to where Wilson shot Michael Brown to peaceful protests nearby.

Other protests were held in large and small cities and college towns across America on Tuesday; photos from those scenes show a variety of demonstrators, tactics and responses.

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The Two-Way
9:44 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Wilson Describes Confrontation With Brown In ABC Interview

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 9:11 pm

Adding his voice to the mounds of grand jury evidence released Monday night by St. Louis County, Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown, told his side of the story in an interview Tuesday.

Wilson told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he has "a clean conscience" about the shooting; he also said he's sorry for the loss of life. The shooting led to both violent protests and serious conversations about race and law enforcement.

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The Two-Way
9:05 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

A local business is boarded up in anticipation of another night of unrest in Ferguson, Mo., Tuesday. A day after people set fire to buildings in the city, President Obama said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."
Michael B. Thomas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 7:20 pm

In a speech in which he said he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also stated, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."

The president had been scheduled to speak about immigration policy during his appearance at Chicago's Copernicus Community Center. But he began his remarks by calling for calm in Ferguson, Mo., responding to the fiery unrest that has followed a grand jury's decision not to charge police officer Darren Wilson over the killing of Michael Brown.

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Off The Base
8:41 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

A Way for Veterans to Help Their Families

Credit Department of Veterans Affairs

Military service involves more than the person wearing the uniform – families are always a part of that equation.

A team of three University of South Florida psychology doctoral students and a graduate of the School of Social Work are conducting a research study looking at how reintegration affects military veterans and their children.

Their focus looks at how veterans are “reintegrating” to both civilian and academic life and also examines the student veterans’ well-being and that of their children.

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The Two-Way
7:26 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Florida Woman In 'Stand Your Ground' Case Accepts Plea Deal

Lawyer Bruce Zimet comforts Marissa Alexander during a hearing Monday in Jacksonville, Fla.
Bruce Lipsky AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:23 pm

A Florida woman who once had been sentenced to 20 years in a case that invoked the state's "stand your ground" law has accepted a plea deal that will see her released from prison in January.

Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Fla., was accused of firing what she said was a warning shot at her husband and two of his children during a domestic dispute in 2010. She was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, convicted and sentenced under Florida's mandatory minimum guidelines.

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12:18 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Special Election Set for House District 64

Florida House District 64 Rep. James Grant will have to try to win re-election for a second time in a vote set for next year.
Credit MyFloridaHouse.gov

A new election has been set after the Florida House recently rejected the results from a Tampa Bay area legislative race.

Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Monday scheduling a Feb. 10 special primary for House District 64, followed by an April 21 special election.

The House voted last week during its organizational session to not accept incumbent James Grant's victory. There was confusion around the seat after a judge delayed the primary between Grant and Miriam Steinberg until November.

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It's All Politics
12:06 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Federal Ferguson Investigation Will Remain Independent, Holder Insists

Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson, Mo., in August, where he met with elected and police officials and community members.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 8:15 am

This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

Attorney General Eric Holder says "far more must be done to create enduring trust" between police and communities they serve, even as his Justice Department continues to investigate possible discriminatory police actions in Ferguson, Mo.

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Law & Order
10:24 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Businesses Destroyed After Overnight Protests

Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot
Credit AP Photo

Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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10:12 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Your Guide To The Florida Standards Assessments

We're taking this week to help parents and students understand the new Florida Standards Assessments, which students will take for the first time beginning in March.

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Florida Matters
9:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Florida Matters Preview: A Puerto Rican Thanksgiving Meal

My plate of food with rice, potato salad and pork.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF Public Media

Thanksgiving at my house means waking up to Latin music blasting through the speakers as mom starts the day's cleaning and of course, the smell of the pork shoulder seasoned in adobo, minced garlic, salt and pepper, and sazón, coming from the kitchen. My grandma, Teresa Rodriguez, who has always been just "Abu" to me, starts the cooking early in the morning.

The pork shoulder sat in the oven at 350 degrees for six hours. And Abu told me, the secret to getting a crispy skin, what we call, el cuero, is done by spreading salt over the top.

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