Politics
11:44 am
Fri September 26, 2014

New Laws: Parasailing, Open Records, Pharmacies

Coming to Earth?

Long-sought regulations on Florida's commercial parasailing industry, along with a measure about crimes against unborn children, are among 32 laws that go into effect Wednesday.

A number of the new laws, signed by Gov. Rick Scott after the 2014 legislative session, involve public-records exemptions, including one to allow some university boards to meet in private to discuss donors and research funding.

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Off The Base
10:22 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Saint Leo Takes on Transitioning Veterans

Standing next to the 'teacher statue at Saint Leo Unviersity is Tedd "Gunny" Weiser, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant and interim director of Veteran Student Services.
Bobbie O'Brien WUSF Public Media

It’s difficult to define today’s military veteran. But there is one thing they have in common - they don’t like being painted with the same broad brush.

“Just because I’m a veteran, particularly me because I’m a Marine, a combat Marine, don’t think you know my political affiliation, my beliefs, my values,” said Tedd “Gunny” Weiser, short for Gunnery Sergeant. “There is a label and we want to shed that, we want people to know that we are our own person.”

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Law & Order
9:38 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Clinic Accused of Transgender Bias

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 9:28 am

A Lakeland eye clinic and Michigan funeral home on Thursday became the subject of the first federal lawsuits to protect transgender people in the workplace, accused of illegally firing employees who were making a transition to female.

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9:34 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Crunch Time for Jeb Bush

Lead in text: 
Friends say Jeb Bush’s father is eager for his son to run, even telling a visitor at a recent family gathering in Kennebunkport, Maine, that a presidential campaign and a return of the family dynasty to power was a near certainty. Wall Street financiers and Main Street CEOs eager for a centrist champion are longing for a Bush candidacy. But people who have met in recent weeks with Jeb Bush in New York, Washington and Florida say they are far less certain that a campaign will ultimately materialize.
It’s now or never for Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but ultimately demurred, always with the flickering possibility of mounting a campaign down the road. But at 61 years old, the second son of former President George Herbert Walker Bush is now likely facing his last shot at the White House....
Law & Order
9:06 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Two More Dozier Families Get Answers

Thomas Varnadoe (right) in an undated family photo. Varnadoe died in 1934 at the age of 13 at the Dozier Reform School for Boys.
Lucielle Salomon WUSF 89.7 News

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:25 pm

In 1934, 13-year-old Thomas Varnadoe and his brother, Hubert, were sent to the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys for allegedly stealing a typewriter.

In 1944, 12-year-old Earl Wilson went to the reform school in the panhandle town of Marianna, Florida, for allegedly riding in a car a friend stole.

Neither Thomas nor Earl ever returned home -- until now. Science and perseverance are finally giving their families some peace.

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Law & Order
12:58 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Jury Hears From Witnesses On First Day Of Michael Dunn Retrial

Credit News4Jax

Jordan Davis leaned back and cowered in the moments before his death.

That’s the picture Assistant State Attorney John Guy painted before jurors on the first day of testimony in the retrial of Michael Dunn.

Guy gave his opening statements to the 12-member panel Thursday, recounting the last moments of Davis's life. The teen died after being shot by Dunn following a dispute over loud music playing from his friend's car at a Jacksonville gas station.

"Michael Dunn had had enough of the mouthy, audacious teen in front of him," Guy said.

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Health News Florida
5:29 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Flu Shot Essential for Seniors

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 5:29 pm

Last year, about half of Hillsborough County's Medicare recipients were vaccinated for the flu. But during most flu seasons, adults 65 years of age and older account for 90 percent of all flu-related deaths.

That's why the Hillsborough County Department of Aging is teaming with the National Council on Aging’s “Flu + You” campaign to encourage seniors to get flu shots at the Senior Fun Fest Friday) in Brandon.

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Transportation
3:25 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Mayors Show Support for Pinellas, Polk Transit

The mayors of Lakeland, Clearwater, Tampa, and St. Petersburg showed their support for Greenlight Pinellas and Polk County's My Ride/My Roads referendums on November's ballots.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

The Tampa Bay Partnership hosted a transportation forum Wednesday in St. Petersburg and the Greenlight Pinellas referendum received lots of attention.

The transportation forum included commissioners from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk Counties, and representatives from the region's transportation authorities.

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Off The Base
2:09 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Video: Air Strike Against ISIL Refinery

The Jeribe West Refinery being run by ISIL is targeted for bombing Sept. 24, 2014.
Credit U.S. Central Command

The United States Central Command has released unclassified video of an air strike Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, on the Jeribe West Modular Refinery in Syria.

The Islamic State militants (ISIL) reportedly earn an estimated $2 million daily from several oil fields and refineries in the region.

The Associated Press reports:

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Health News Florida
7:36 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Consumer Savvy Critical To Health

Dr. Lisa Schwartz and Dr. Steven Woloshin of the Dartmouth Institute Center for Medicine and the Media.

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 3:06 pm

Spend a lot of time investigating before make a big purchase? Most of us do.

But that's not always the case when it comes to medical treatments or drugs.

Dr. Steven Woloshin and Dr. Lisa Schwartz have been researching the misleading medical and pharmaceutical messages in advertisements and other media for years.

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University Beat
4:09 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

USF to Announce Names of Two More Dozier Remains

Thomas Varnadoe (right) in an undated family photo. Varnadoe died in 1934 at the age of 13 at the Dozier Reform School for Boys.
Credit USF Dept. of Anthropology

University of South Florida researchers will announce Thursday afternoon that they've determined the identities of two more sets of remains buried on the grounds of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

The Ledger and a release from Senator Bill Nelson's office say that one is Thomas Varnadoe, 13, who died in 1934, a month after arriving at Dozier.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Gov. Scott Maintains Slight Lead Over Charlie Crist in Latest Poll

With pollsters saying Florida's gubernatorial race is too close to call, a survey released Wednesday shows Republican incumbent Rick Scott with a slight lead over Democrat Charlie Crist.

Less than two months before Election Day, Florida voters are split between their top two choices for governor, but they agree on one thing --- neither candidate turns them on.

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Health News Florida
2:14 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Orlando Woman Shares Anti-Smoking Message (VIDEO)

Felicita Soto of Orlando is part of the CDC's anti-campaign.

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 10:39 am

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new ally in its graphic anti-smoking campaign.

Even though the CDC's “Tips from Former Smokers” ads are aimed at adults, Felicita Soto of Orlando says she hopes kids will get the message.  She started smoking when she was in the sixth grade. 

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Culture
12:32 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Florida Sees Record Number Of Homeless Kids

A record number of homeless students are attending Florida schools according to new numbers released by the U.S. Department of Education. Almost 70,000 kids in the state were homeless during the 2012-2013 school year, a 10 percent increase compared to the national average of 8 percent.

However, most of those kids are not recognized as homeless by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which acts as a clearinghouse for many social services available to the homeless.

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Health News Florida
11:10 am
Wed September 24, 2014

FL Marketplace Adds 4 Insurers

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:54 am

The number of health insurance companies offering plans in the marketplaces this fall will increase by 25 percent, giving consumers more choices for coverage, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Tuesday.

When the marketplace enrollment reopens in November, 77 new insurers will be offering coverage in the 44 states for which HHS had data, which includes the 36 states that use the federal marketplace and eight states that run their own, the department reported.

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