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Governor Scott Tours Phosphate Sinkhole Site

Gov. Rick Scott visited the Polk County phosphate manufacturing plant on Tuesday, where a sinkhole has spilled contaminated water into the Florida aquifer. The sinkhole formed under a phosphogypsum stack at Mosaic’s New Wales manufacturing plant south of Lakeland.
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Florida Department of Education

The Florida Board of Education has approved a budget request for the coming fiscal year.

The proposal also recommends against renewing 49 million dollars for the state's controversial teacher-incentive plan.

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Milo Yiannopoulos is scheduled to speak at the University of South Florida in Tampa Monday night, and while student organizers are defending inviting the openly gay conservative firebrand, other students are preparing to protest his appearance.

Debate Continues Over Fluoridation

Sep 26, 2016

Many people take for granted the addition of fluoride into public drinking water systems that aims to prevent tooth decay. It’s a seven-decade-old public health effort. But it’s not nearly as universally accepted.

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Anti-Marijuana Group Increases Spending

Sep 26, 2016

A group fighting a proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would broadly legalize medical marijuana spent nearly $1.4 million from Sept. 10 through Sept. 16, with much of the money going to advertising, according to a new finance report.

A new Commonwealth Fund study that examines some major health care proposals from the presidential candidates finds that Donald Trump would cause about 20 million to lose coverage while Hillary Clinton would provide coverage for an additional 9 million people.

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Before you hire a contractor you likely do a little research.

Maybe visit a website, read a few reviews or at least a Google search to see if you’re dealing with a criminal.

But when it comes to our doctors, how many of us do the same due diligence?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is using his emergency powers to direct $25 million in state money toward helping to develop a Zika virus vaccine.

More Black Families Are Opting To Homeschool

Sep 26, 2016
Cathy Carter

Homeschooling entered the mainstream in the 1980s and was led largely by white evangelical Christians. Today, the U.S Department of Education says approximately 1.7 million students in the U.S are homeschooled—more than 84,000 of them in Florida.

The fastest growing demographic choosing to leave traditional schools behind are African-Americans.

Joe Berg/Way Down Video - Courtesy Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote Marine Laboratory has announced it has raised more than $50 million in the Sarasota laboratory's first comprehensive fundraising campaign. President and CEO Michael Crosby said the money will be used for long-term sustainable projects to help preserve unique marine life.

Several longtime politicians were sent packing by voters in the recent primaries. Those include former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman, current commissioner Kevin Beckner, and state Rep. Ed Narain. All these candidates had been in public office a long time, and now they're out of the game. But do old politicians really fade away, or do they - ala former Gov. Charlie Crist - reinvent themselves and run again?

WUSF's Steve Newborn asks veteran political analyst William March what happens to the losers.
 

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