Politics
9:41 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Few Surprises in Session's First Week

This is the way the legislative session begins: Not with a bang but with a whimper.

There wasn't much surprising about the first week of the legislative session, which opened Tuesday with the normal arrangement of leadoff speeches and Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State address. After that were a couple of drama-less votes on bills that were certain to pass.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Marco Rubio Finishes Seventh in CPAC Poll

Sen. Marco Rubio
Credit AP

The Conservative Political Action Conference ended in Washington Saturday, after giving Sen. Rand Paul a second consecutive victory in the presidential straw poll that's seen as an indicator of how Republicans see their leaders.

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"The Kentucky senator received 31 percent, far ahead of second place Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who received 11 percent. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson finished third with 9 percent, ahead of New Jersey Gov.  Chris Christie, who received 8 percent.

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Education
4:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Legislature Poised For Major Expansion Of Corporate Scholarship Program

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 5:38 pm

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More students could get scholarships to go to private school next year under a planned expansion of the state’s corporate tax scholarship program. But those students may also be subjected to state exams.

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Health News Florida
4:36 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

After Years Of Delay, Florida's Insurance Marketplace Goes Live

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:19 pm

Quietly and without much fanfare, Florida’s health insurance marketplace made its debut earlier this week, but it should not to be confused with the federal health insurance exchanges and Obamacare.

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Education
4:36 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Garnett Stokes Named Interim FSU President

FSU President Garnett Stokes named Interim President
Florida State University

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 4:31 pm

Florida State University’s provost will become the school’s interim president. Garnett Stokes takes the helm of Florida State as current university President Eric Barron departs for Penn state.

Barron was appointed Penn State University’s new university president last month. Florida State University Trustees named Stokes to the interim position as the school begins a national presidential search.

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Culture
2:48 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Run With The Bulls This Saturday In Dade City

Bull Run in Pamplona
Credit en.wikipedia.org

It may not be exactly like running with the bulls in Pamplona, but you can run with the bulls this Saturday in Dade City.

The Inaugural Great Bull Run will be held this Saturday at the Little Everglades Ranch. Chief operating officer for the Great Bull Run, Rob Dickens says this event has something for everyone and isn't just about the Bull Run.

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University Beat
1:43 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Russia's Actions in Ukraine Subject of USF Talk

Dr. Mohsen Milani (l-r), Professor Walter Andrusyszn, Dr. Darrell Slider and Bill Ostrowski talk to USF students, faculty and community members at a 'campus conversation' Thursday about Ukraine.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

On Wednesday, Dr. Mohsen Milani's boss came to him with an idea.

USF Provost, Dr. Ralph Wilcox, wanted Milani, the Executive Director of the USF Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, to organize an event focusing on recent events in Ukraine, including Russia's military intervention in Crimea.

"His argument was that as a globally engaged university, it is one of the responsibilities of our university to inform and educate our students as well as the community about important and developing news," Milani said.

So, between USF faculty and Milani's contacts in the world of foreign affairs, he had three experts lined up to take part in a 'campus conversation' Thursday afternoon - barely 26 hours after Wilcox's initial request.

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Off The Base
7:17 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Military Families Serve Too, USF Center Offers Help

Credit USF Psychological Services Center

Family therapy, couples therapy, individual therapy, even weight management groups are all services that have been available at the USF Psychological Services Center for decades. Now, the center’s director, who served 10 years in the U.S. Army, is reaching out to the veteran and military families offering help.

“We know that there are veterans, for whatever reason, are still hesitant about seeking services in the VA,” said Jack Darkes, director of the University of South Florida Psychological Services Center.

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Environment
5:21 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Florida to Join Multi-State Lawsuit Over BP Gulf Spill

Florida expects to be added to a multi-state federal lawsuit against BP over "widespread" damages from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, after spending nearly three years unsuccessfully trying to resolve the matter on its own.

On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Panama City about the environmental impacts from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil-spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Culture
2:50 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Founding LAGQ Guitarist Andrew York Performs Thursday Night in Lakeland

Andrew York
Credit Hillary Greene-Pae

Guitarist Andrew York grew up in a home where his mother sang, beautifully, he says, and his father played folk music on the guitar.  His earliest memories are of family musical gatherings.  He went on to help found the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

He's had many teachers, but York names one professor at USC as a particular influence, Duke Miller, who brought him to Los Angeles to USC. York had a full scholarship to get his Master's degree there, and was essentially a jazz player at that time and playing lute in an early music ensemble.  

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Health News Florida
12:13 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

'It's All About Hope' -- and $51B

Doctors for America bus
Doctors for America http://www.drsforamerica.org/blog

A lot of money - $200 million a month or $7 million a day – could be used to buy health coverage for Florida's poor. But it all could go to some other state, said advocates who held a Capitol press conference Wednesday with the message: “Take the Money!”

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Culture
11:33 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Lightning's Owner: It Was Important for Us to Not Stand in the Way of Marty St. Louis

Credit Tampa Bay Lightning

The reaction has ranged from sorrow to anger among Tampa Bay hockey fans that team captain Marty St. Louis requested to be traded away from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

St. Louis' apologized, but did not explain his insistence on the trade in an open letter.

The Lightning's owner, Jeff Vinik, wrote an open letter of his own. He praised St. Louis' time with the team and stressed that the organization did not want to impede the veteran player's wish to join the New York Rangers.

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Politics
7:44 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Senate, House Differ on Telemedicine

Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a proposal aimed at boosting the use of the telemedicine in Florid, a plan that differs significantly from the House’s plan.

The Senate Health Policy Committee voted 7-2 for a measure (SPB 7028) that would establish guidelines and requirements for health providers who want to treat patients remotely through the use of Internet and telecommunications technology.

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Politics
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Bill to Extend Carry and Conceal Privileges Moves Through Fl House

A Florida House committee has approved a bill that would extend carry-and-conceal privileges to all Florida gun owners when a state of emergency is declared, regardless of whether or not they have been issued a permit.

The legislation is designed to allow citizens to take their firearms with them when forced to leave their homes due to hurricanes or other evacuation-related emergencies. The Governor must declare a state of emergency for the provision to be activated.

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Health News Florida
5:57 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Can Tax Incentives Help 'Food Deserts'?

Roberta Bell's son Brandon outside the new Walmart in Midtown St. Petersburg.
Lottie Watts WUSF

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 10:52 pm

Food deserts, areas where fresh and healthy foods can be hard to come by, are all over Florida. There are efforts under way in the Florida Legislature to provide tax incentives for grocers to open up in these areas.

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