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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Law & Order
1:31 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

FAA Chief: Gyrocopter 'Indistinguishable' From Birds, Kite

A member of a bomb squad approaches a small gyrocopter after Douglas Hughes of Ruskin landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington on April 15th.
Credit Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

A small gyrocopter that a Ruskin postman flew through miles of the nation's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol was "indistinguishable" from other non-aircraft such as a flock of birds, a kite or a balloon, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

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NPR Ed
12:17 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Several Florida School Districts Cut (Way) Back On Tests

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:04 am

Did you hear that?

It's the sound of hundreds of thousands of public school students in Florida breathing sighs of relief.

The state's largest school district, Miami-Dade County, just cut the number of district-created, end-of-course exams it will require from roughly 300 to 10. And even those 10 will be field-tested only, on just a sampling of students.

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The Two-Way
12:10 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Russia Tries To Regain Control Of Space Capsule

A Russian launch vehicle carrying the Progress M-27M cargo ship lifts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Fears mounted Wednesday that the unmanned cargo capsule was lost and may plunge back to Earth as ground control failed to gain control of the orbiting ship for a second day in a row.
Roscosmos EPA /Landov

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 11:49 am

Russia's space agency is trying to save an unmanned cargo ship that spun out of control on its way to the International Space Station.

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News
11:01 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Orioles-Rays Tickets On Sale

Credit AP

 Tickets are on sale to the public for the Tampa Bay Rays three-game series this weekend against the Baltimore Orioles.

The series was originally scheduled for Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but has been relocated to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg due to protests and violence in Baltimore. 

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Health News Florida
9:35 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Overdose Antidote Set to Become Law

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:33 am

A prescription drug that counters the effects of a pain medication overdose could soon be available to caregivers and others.

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Health News Florida
9:11 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Gardiner's Agenda On Disabilities Mostly Dies With House Exit

Senate President Andy Gardiner

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:02 am

The surprise early exit of the Florida House from the 2015 regular session likely means that most of a legislative package dear to Senate President Andy Gardiner is dead.

Gardiner, R-Orlando, made it a priority this year to pass bills to give greater educational and vocational opportunities to people with disabilities --- or, as Gardiner likes to call them, "unique abilities."

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Health News Florida
9:11 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Statewide Hearings on LIP Start In Orlando

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:14 am

For the first time today, the public will get to weigh in on what to do with a federal program for the uninsured that’s created gridlock in Tallahassee. The Wednesday meeting in Orlando kicks off a series of statewide hearings on the Low Income Pool, or LIP.

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Health News Florida
8:27 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Scott Files Lawsuit Over Medicaid Expansion

Governor Rick Scott

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:09 am

Florida Gov. Rick Scott sued the Obama administration Tuesday, charging that federal officials are coercing the state to expand Medicaid in order to get $1 billion in federal hospital funds.

The Republican governor points to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying the federal government can't coerce states to expand Medicaid, which is exactly what he says the Obama administration is doing by withholding hospital funds.

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Law & Order
8:24 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments

Michelle McKelvey (left) and Meg McKelvey sit near demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. They have been together for two years.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 1:41 pm

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed closely divided Tuesday over the question of gay marriage, with Justice Anthony Kennedy likely holding the deciding vote.

Kennedy, who over the past two decades has written the court's three decisions recognizing and expanding gay rights, seemed conflicted on the question of marriage.

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Health News Florida
8:21 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Florida's House Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Florida state Senate president Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, was applauded by his fellow senators Tuesday, after expressing his disappointment with the Florida House for ending its session three days early, instead of working through the budget clash.
Steve Cannon AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:22 pm

The Republican-controlled Florida legislature — at odds over the question of whether to expand Medicaid — abruptly ended its session three days early on Tuesday, leaving hundreds of bills that are unrelated to health care unfinished.

Andy Gardiner, president of Florida's state Senate, says he's disappointed with the House's decision to stop negotiating and leave town.

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Law & Order
8:21 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Baltimore Update: A Forceful Mom And A Fan-Free Baseball Game

A woman in Baltimore holds a sign Tuesday night telling protesters to go home; a curfew and community intervention are being credited with helping ease tensions in the city.
John Taggart EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:15 pm

The streets of Baltimore were quieter Tuesday night, a day after vandalism and rioting forced officials to implement a curfew. Today, the Orioles plan to play an MLB game without an audience, and a woman who yanked her son away from potential trouble is making headlines.

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