1:06 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Catching A Southern Coyote, Then Letting It Go In The Name Of Science

Professional trapper Dan Eaton starts to release a coyote after it was fitted with a GPS collar. University of Georgia biologists will track the animal for two years as part of a study of Southern coyotes.
Grant Blankenship Georgia Public Broadcasting

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 6:40 pm

The hunt for coyotes starts in Dan Eaton's truck.

Eaton is a professional trapper. He's been doing it for a long time — since he was 10 years old — so he's nonchalant about the dead beaver in the truck bed that he sometimes uses to attract coyotes.

On a recent day, Eaton heads to a trap line set on private hunting land outside Augusta, Ga.

"Everybody wants you to trap coyotes for free until you tell them you're collaring them and letting them go," Eaton says.

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7:49 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Women's Final Four Brings Cancer Research Grant To Town

Dr. Martine Extermann, Professor of Oncology and Medicine at the University of South Florida, is researching ovarian cancer in elderly women. She was awarded a grant by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Monday.
Credit Moffitt Cancer Center

When the NCAA Women's Final Four comes to town, cancer researchers benefit. 

Since 2009, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has awarded a women's cancer research grant to a research institution in the city hosting the NCAA Women's Final Four

Monday, Moffitt Cancer Center Professor of Oncology and Medicine Dr. Martine Extermann received the $250,000 grant.

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3:44 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Governor Rick Scott's Conundrum

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs HB 7095, the pill mill bill, in Orlando, Florida, Friday, June 3, 2011. Looking on, from left: Joyce Dawley, FDLE; Phil Williams, Orlando MBI; Gerald Bailey, FDLE; Seminole sheriff Don Eslinger; Winter Park police chief Brett Railey, Rep. Scott Plakon.

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:39 am

On the brink of this year's legislative session, Governor Rick Scott is dealing with a big thorn. Scott replaced former head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Gerald Bailey, saying Bailey left voluntarily.

Bailey says that's a lie. 

When Governor Scott's lawyer told Bailey to retire, Bailey did pack up his stuff and leave. A few days later, Scott said Bailey resigned. Bailey said that wasn't true and called the governor a liar in the public square. Things rapidly went down from there.

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The Two-Way
3:41 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Justice Department Appeals Ruling Blocking Obama's Immigration Plan

President Obama speaks about immigration at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas in November, after taking a series of executive actions.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:23 pm

The U.S. Justice Department is asking a federal judge to put on hold his ruling that temporarily blocks President Obama's executive action that would protect more than 4 million people in this country illegally from the threat of deportation.

In its motion to stay, the Justice Department said U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen "lacked authority to issue the preliminary injunction."

Justice Department officials also filed an appeal of Hanen's decision and asked that the executive action move forward while the appeals process is underway.

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Law & Order
3:22 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Tampa Police Chief Testifies On Police Safety

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor
Credit Photo Courtesy of City of Tampa

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor testified to an executive task force Monday morning in Washington, D.C. about ways to strengthen relationships with the community and keep police officers safe.

The task force was established in 2014 by President Barack Obama following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The panel focused Monday's discussion on officer safety and wellness.

Castor emphasized the importance of engaging with the community to combat crime while building relationships.

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Law & Order
2:30 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Divers Find Apryl Foster's Car

Apryl Foster
Credit Tampa Police Department

UPDATED POST 2/23 2:30 P.M.:
Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials announced that the body discovered in the lake Sunday has been positively identified as Apryl Foster.

They said she was identified through fingerprints.

No other new information is known at this time.

Late Sunday afternoon, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office divers recovered the car of Apryl Foster.

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1:15 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

St. Pete Residents Can Weigh In on Pier Designs

St. Petersburg's old Inverted Pyramid pier.

If you live in St. Petersburg, you can now weigh in on the designs for the new pier, through March 6th. 

The powers that be aren't bound by the survey, but it will inform their next meeting on March 20th. The survey results will be announced on March 9th.  

You can see the concepts and designs for the new pier here.  

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Law & Order
11:35 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Florida Legislators Introduce Campus Carry Bills Despite Opposition

Landis Green from the steps of Strozier Library.

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 2:01 pm

Despite broad opposition on Florida’s campuses, state lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to allow guns at universities.  Three months ago today, there was a shooting at Florida State University, and this week the controversial measure began its path through the Senate.

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Law & Order
11:31 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Voting Rights Groups Want Constitutional Amendment To Make Voting Easier For Felons

It's estimated that more than 1.5 million Floridians can't vote because of their criminal pasts.

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 6:59 am

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Wonders Up Close

Renata Schwartz stepped into the StoryCorps booth last year to tell her story.

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Renata Schwartz tells us about her trip to Africa. As a part of the English commonwealth, she was able to easily travel overseas. There, she encountered wild elephants, a tribe of Pygmy people, and found herself learning to communicate without words.


“Breakdown” by Jack Johnson from the album, In Between Dreams.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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12:19 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Private Middle School Preparing Low-Income Students for Brighter Future

Everyone wants to improve the quality of education in America.

But there are no silver bullets to accomplish that.

Parental involvement, a more challenging curriculum and a longer school year are just some of the ideas regularly suggested for low graduation rates.

But in Midtown St. Petersburg, in one of the poorest and most educationally challenged areas of Pinellas County, a small, little known middle school is getting results that are raising some eyebrows.

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The Two-Way
5:19 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Homeland Security Chief: Threat To U.S. Malls 'A New Phase' For Terrorists

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says a video released by al-Shabab "reflects [a] new phase" for terrorism networks.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 2:24 pm

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson says he's taking seriously a call by Islamist extremists for attacks on shopping malls in the West, including Minnesota's giant Mall of America.

In an interview on CNN's State of the Union program, Johnson said a video released by the Somali-based group al-Shabab "reflects [a] new phase" in which terrorist networks publicly call "for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks.

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Law & Order
2:27 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Two More Wrong-Way Drivers Arrested

Gener Espino (l) and Cornelius Watson were arrested after allegedly nearly hitting local law enforcement officers while driving the wrong-way, drunk, in separate incidents over the weekend.
Credit Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Two drivers accused of driving drunk were arrested over the weekend in Hillsborough County after nearly causing head-on collisions with law enforcement officers.

In the first incident around 4 a.m. Saturday, University of South Florida Police Officer Scott Parker avoided a collision on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard at Orient Road.

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Monkey See
12:18 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Watch The Oscars With Us

Preparations continue for the 87th Annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA.
Gabriel Olsen Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 11:01 am

The nominees are in, the arguments have been had, and the ceremony is all that's left of Oscar season. (Well, and the griping over what should have won.)

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Health News Florida
12:09 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Lawmakers Mull Over Mental Health-Criminal Justice Link, Includes More Officer Training

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 5:45 pm

A group of Florida lawmakers is looking into the mental health issues of inmates in the state’s criminal justice system, and some legislation could be in store based on ideas from different law agencies and the courts.

For Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, he says it’s important all law enforcement agencies get some type of training to account for people with mental health issues called Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT training.

“You see, we’ve got 27 Sheriffs offices that aren’t doing CIT at all; I think we need 100 percent,” said Gualtieri.

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