Health News Florida
9:28 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Hospitals Hesitant to Give Commission Data

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 10:28 am

Gov. Rick Scott, who last week asked the state's hospitals to provide a large amount of financial data by Monday, will not get all that he asked for that quickly. He may not get some of it at all.

Hospital executives and lawyers say they want to cooperate with Scott and his newly appointed Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding, which seeks data on services, profits, costs and patient outcomes. 

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Health News Florida
9:28 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Hospice Operator Can Reapply for License

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:45 am

Compassionate Care Hospice in Lakeland can restart operations soon, as Gov.

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Health News Florida
9:28 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Universities Look at Health Care Job Gaps

Florida needs more specialized nurses because more than half leave the state.

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:44 am

Health care’s a growing industry. But not all health care jobs are created equal.

The board that oversees Florida’s universities on Monday will look at whether Florida graduates enough health care workers to meet demand and it could lead to new programs. 

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Politics
9:27 am
Mon May 18, 2015

New Session to Tackle Budget, Health Care

Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:26 am

Florida’s top legislative leaders on Friday made their June special session official and came up with a long list of items they want to try to tackle during their 20-day return to the state Capitol.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner have agreed to pass a new state budget while at the same time debate legislation covering health care, Medicaid and even tax cuts and environmental policy.

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Education
9:08 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Charter Schools Take Aim at At-Risk Students

The entrance to Enterprise High School, a charter school in Pinellas County for students at risk for not completing their educations.
Credit M.S Butler

Of the more than 600 charter schools in Florida. Some focus on the arts, some on sciences. Others are high schools that help students who are at risk for not finishing or dropping out completely.

At the crossroads of  busy four lane highway in Clearwater, students have to make their way through the noise and exhaust of heavy traffic to get to their high school classes.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Classroom Lessons

Gail Diederich (left) talked to Callie Thuma from StoryCorps in St. Petersburg in 2014.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Gail Diederich tells us about one of her early lessons in life. Diederich went on to be a school teacher but she learned a lesson about compassion when she was just a student in the first grade. 

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NPR Story
9:53 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Will Ride-sharing Apps Make Cabs Come Tumbling Down?

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 7:58 am

There’s a big legal gray area in Florida when it comes to ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber. Technically they’re operating illegally, but local counties have turned a blind eye to their operations, which in Miami are now hitting the one-year mark.

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Environment
9:53 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

The Problem With Selling Solar In Florida

Chief Marketing Officer William Berenson and co-founder Ludovic Roche show a PWRstation on the screen while at work at the Lab in Wynwood.

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:47 am

The state of Florida is known for its great weather -- the state’s official nickname, after all, is the “Sunshine State.” But try selling solar energy in Florida and you’re likely to get a chilly reception, says a Miami-based founder of a solar startup.

Ludovic Roche, co-founder of PWRstation, claims that when it came to keeping his company’s headquarters in Miami, he and business partner, Robert Albertella, were encouraged to take the better offer and leave the U.S.

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Race
9:33 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Often Employees, Rarely CEOs: Challenges Asian-Americans Face In Tech

Google was one of five Silicon Valley companies included in a recent study that looked at executive-level representation for Asian-Americans in the tech industry.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:47 am

A new report on diversity in Silicon Valley shows that Asians and Asian-Americans are well-represented in lower-level positions — but, in comparison, severely underrepresented at the management and executive levels at five large, established tech companies.

Ascend, an Asian-American professional organization based in New York, found that although 27 percent of professionals working at those companies are Asian or Asian-American, fewer than 19 percent of managers, and just under 14 percent of executives, are.

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Politics
9:19 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Lt. Governor 'Strongly Considering' Senate Bid

Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera publicly confirmed Saturday that he is "strongly considering" a U.S. Senate bid in 2016, drawing closer to throwing his hat in a GOP primary ring that already has one congressman and could soon include a handful of other candidates.

Lopez-Cantera's speech announcing that he is mulling entering the campaign drew a standing ovation from the audience at a meeting of the Republican Party of Florida's executive board during the party's quarterly meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

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News
6:14 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

FL Ranks First In Nation For Boating Fatalities

A new report released by the U.S. Coast Guard says more Floridians are involved in boating accidents than anywhere else in the nation.

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:26 am

A new report released by the U.S. Coast Guard says more Floridians are involved in boating accidents than anywhere else in the nation.

There were close to 700 accidents and 70 deaths on boats last year statewide.  

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Politics
3:55 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

With 'Some Hesitation,' Gov. Scott Signs Online Voter Registration Bill Into Law

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 2:33 pm

Florida will now be joining several other states in online voter registration, after Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law Friday.

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The Two-Way
3:53 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Death Penalty For Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:46 am

Updated at 3:42 p.m.

After listening to testimony from 63 witnesses and deliberating since Wednesday, a jury of seven women and five men in Boston gave convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty.

There was no visible reaction from either Tsarnaev or his legal team.

The jury sentenced Tsarnaev to die on counts 4, 5, 9, 10, 14 and 15. Here is more detail about those counts:

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Making Sense of the Media
2:29 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Making Sense of Facebook's 'Articles'

Credit npr.org

The next evolution of Facebook allows media organizations such as the New York Times, The Atlantic and the BBC to publish articles directly to its mobile users.

Facebook says it can deliver the content up to 10 times more quickly than the mobile web.

Kelly McBride from the Poynter Institute’s “Sense-Making Project” helps us understand the impact of access to more-faster media.

 

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Environment
12:03 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Prosecutors: Duke Energy Could Have Avoided Spill in NC and VA River

In this April 2014, file photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C.
Credit Chuck Burton / AP Photo

As Duke Energy pleaded guilty Thursday in a North Carolina courtroom to nine criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act, federal prosecutors recounted examples where time and again the nation's largest electricity company failed to prevent its illegal pollution.

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