News
2:29 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Florida's Ban On Judicial Fundraising

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 2:04 pm

A ban on Florida judicial candidates personally raising campaign funds, which supporters said was a key element in reforming the state's court system after a series of scandals in the 1970s, was upheld Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Online Voter Registration's Fate Murky

The Legislature mandated online voter registration but Gov. Rick Scott is likely to veto the bill.

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 8:30 am

The Legislature agreed to mandate online voter registration by 2017, but don’t log-on yet. Governor Rick Scott’s top elections chief is strongly opposed.  

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News
11:25 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Tampa Town Hall Stirs Up Conversations On Race

Andrew Joseph II placed signs around the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center in Tampa Wednesday night before a town hall meeting on race.
Credit Daylina Miller/WUSF

Before speaking at a town hall Wednesday night on race relations, Andrew Joseph quietly placed airbrushed signs around the room.

The signs read "Black Lives Matter" and "We need Change." Some had pictures of his son, Andrew Joseph III.

The teenager died crossing Interstate 4 last year after being ejected from the Florida State Fair.

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University Beat
11:09 am
Thu April 30, 2015

USF Graduates to Wear Recycled Regalia

USF graduates don their new gowns made out of recycled plastic bottles.
Credit Aimee Blodgett / USF Communications and Marketing

When thousands of University of South Florida students walk across the stage to receive their diplomas this week, they will be helping to reduce environmental waste.

USF Student Government voted this year to use caps and gowns made from 100 percent recycled materials. Each set is made from about 23 plastic bottles.

With more than 6,300 students in the USF System graduating this week, that translates into the recycling of 150-thousand bottles.

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Politics
10:29 am
Thu April 30, 2015

What The Budget Standoff In Tallahassee Means For Florida

January 28, 2015 - House Speaker Steve Crisafulli looks on as Senate President Andy Gardiner tells reporters in Tallahassee about their plans for the legislation session.

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 11:30 am

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli surprised lawmakers Tuesday when he abruptly adjourned the chamber three days before the legislative session was scheduled to end. He did so because the House and Senate are far apart on a budget plan.

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Health News Florida
10:25 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Miami Blog Helps Women Embrace Their Cancer Scars

Lori Cuellar, left, is posing with her daughter, Renee Cuellar, right.

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 11:28 am

A Miami-based blog is featuring fashion shoots with women who have battled cancer. It’s called Wear To Now. The women get photo shoots with professional hair, makeup and styling for free. The blog is trying to help women embrace their scars.

Lori Cuellar posed for the camera at Matheson Hammock Park. The morning sun was hitting her. Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline were in the background.

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Politics
10:15 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Child Protection 'Glitch' Bill Heads To Gov. Scott

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:30 pm

A bill that builds on past reforms to revamp Florida’s troubled child welfare agency is now headed to the Governor.

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News
9:37 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Finding Independence at Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind will have an open house from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, at their location at 1106 W. Platt Street in Tampa. See the map below for directions.

I'm walking in the halls of the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind with Louise Peyton, a vocational rehabilitation counselor.

"To your right. I don't ever walk in a straight line. I would never pass a sobriety test even when sober. The reason being I have a terrible ear," she says.

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Health News Florida
7:07 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Last Day To Enroll on HealthCare.gov

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 7:35 am

Thursday, April 30 is the last day for people in Florida and the three dozen other states that use the federal health insurance marketplace to buy a health insurance plan on HealthCare.gov.  

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News
6:37 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

In Baltimore, A Different Historic Moment: A Fan-less Baseball Game

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of a baseball game without fans on Wednesday in Baltimore.
Gail Burton AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 6:00 pm

History was made in Baltimore today: The Orioles played in what the league says is the first Major League Baseball game to be closed to the public.

That meant that players came on the field to no cheers and a home run was marked by the crack of a bat and only a few isolated claps.

Here's video of the first pitch:

And video of a three-run home run by Orioles first-baseman Chris Davis:

NPR's Don Gonyea is at Camden Yards this afternoon and he reports that he saw just a small amount of police presence outside the stadium.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Powdered Alcohol Ban Bites The Dust

"Palcohol," powdered alcohol, is expected to hit the store shelves this summer now that a proposed ban by Democratic Senator Gwen Margolis of Miami has failed.

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:57 pm

The early demise of the legislative session is good news for portable partying. A Senate plan to ban powdered alcohol is dead after causing a stir in the House.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Senate Threatens Lawsuit Over House Departure, Others Not Worried

The Florida House chamber sits empty.

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:10 pm

The stalemate between Florida’s Republican leaders is getting worse. A day after the House abruptly adjourned, the Senate says it may sue unless Representatives come back. Still, not everyone believes the abrupt end of the session is a bad thing.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

PolitiFact Florida: Rubio on Cap & Trade, Bush on Education Spending

Credit politifact.com

PolitiFact Florida recently put a pair of claims from two of the leading candidates on the Republican side in the 2016 race for the White House under the microscope.

First, on April 19, Senator Marco Rubio appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation," where his take on the subject of climate change veered into the economic effects addressing the problem would have.

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Health News Florida
3:18 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

'Right To Try Act' Heads To Governor

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:21 pm

Among the measures that did not die over the budget impasse between the House and Senate is a bill making it easier for terminally ill patients to have access to experimental drugs.

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Politics
2:34 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Florida Agencies Will Have to Buy Flags Made in USA

All Florida city, county and state government agencies will have to buy state and American flags that are made in the United States under a bill going to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Senate passed the bill Wednesday on a 38-1 vote. The House passed the bill last month.

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