7:29 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Florida Ballot Preview: Water And Land Conservation Amendment (Am 1)

Blue Springs State Park

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 4:54 pm

Note: Every day this week, we’ll be taking a look at amendments on the Florida ballot.

We start with Amendment 1: the measure setting aside public money for environmental conservation. Supporters of the amendment say it’s a way to accomplish what the Legislature has failed to do. But opponents say the Constitution isn’t the place to write state budgets.

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Health News Florida
5:44 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Casino Magnate Spending More to Defeat Pot Measure

Sheldon Adelson

A Las Vegas casino magnate is kicking another $1 million to defeat a proposal to legalize medical marijuana.

Sheldon Adelson has now donated a total of $5 million to the group that wants to defeat the constitutional amendment that will be on the November ballot.

Adelson, a high-profile Republican donor and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., is the largest single donor to the Drug Free Florida Committee. The committee is using the money to pay for television ads criticizing Amendment 2.

Adelson has been seeking approval to build a resort casino in the state.

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Off The Base
5:37 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Seeking Solutions for Veteran Suicide

Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Veteran suicide is a real and present problem in the community. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that on average 22 veterans die by suicide every day.

That’s a straightforward statistic for a very complex problem.

Calling it a growing and troublesome trend, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor of Tampa organized a roundtable to discuss what is being done in the Tampa Bay area to prevent veteran suicide.

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11:41 am
Mon October 27, 2014

The Bushes, Led by W., Rally to Make Jeb ‘45’

Lead in text: 
As Jeb Bush nears a decision to become the third member of his storied family to seek the presidency, the extended Bush clan and its attendant network, albeit with one prominent exception, are largely rallying behind the prospect and pulling the old machine out of the closet. “No question,” Jeb Jr. said in an interview, “people are getting fired up about it — donors and people who have been around the political process for a while, people he’s known in Tallahassee when he was governor. The family, we’re geared up either way.”
WASHINGTON - When Jeb Bush decides whether to run for president, there will be no family meeting à la Mitt Romney, no gathering at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport to go over the pros and cons. "I don't think it'll be like a big internal straw poll," said his son, Jeb Bush Jr.
StateImpact Florida
9:55 am
Mon October 27, 2014

What A Second Term Of Rick Scott Or Charlie Crist Will Mean For Florida Education

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist have talked about K-12 funding, the cost of college and other education issues.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Polls show Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are polarizing. Voters are as likely to dislike the candidates as they are to approve of them.

So both candidates are talking about schools, colleges and scholarships -- to motivate their supporters.

“Education is an issue that is helping to appeal to the base," says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor and chairman of the education committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

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Health News Florida
9:14 am
Mon October 27, 2014

HealthCare.Gov EZ Form Not for Immigrants

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 9:27 am

HealthCare.gov's simpler online application is being touted as a big win for consumers. But it can't be used by immigrants in the United States legally and naturalized U.S. citizens, who represent millions of potential new health insurance customers.

That's prompting worries that many Hispanics and Asians will end up in long enrollment queues when the second sign-up season for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law gets underway next month.

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Law & Order
9:12 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Hazing Trial Starts for 4 FAMU Band Members

Robert Champion

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 9:10 am

Florida A & M University's Marching 100 had played at a Super Bowl and before U.S. presidents. But one of the nation's most-celebrated marching bands had a dark secret: members were occasionally beaten with mallets, fists and drumsticks in a hazing initiation known as "crossing" Bus C.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: The Language of the Birds

Michael Dalton and his wife, Patricia
Credit StoryCorps

Michael Dalton has done many things in his life – he’s been a teacher, an engineer, and a business owner. But about 20 years ago he stumbled into a new passion: training parrots to speak. Dalton didn’t have much experience with animals, so he came up with a different method of talking with his blue macaw, Arielle.

In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Dalton speaks with his wife, Patricia, about his unusual and unique work with Arielle.

“Rumble” by The Sonics from the album
The Savage Young Sonics

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9:40 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton Draws Crowd for Crist

Former President Bill Clinton on stage at a rally for Charlie Crist, former governor of Florida.
Lottie Watts WUSF 89.7

Former President Bill Clinton was in Florida Sunday to campaign on behalf of Charlie Crist, a former Republican and former governor who is now the Democratic gubernatorial candidate. 

"Charlie Crist will get the show on the road from Florida," Clinton told a crowd of about 1,000 Crist supporters at Cyrus Greene Park in East Tampa. "And he will grow the economy from the middle out ... he believes we ought to do this together."

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Health News Florida
5:12 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Florida Orders 21-Day Monitoring for Ebola

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:46 am

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering twice daily monitoring for anyone returning from places the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates as affected by Ebola.

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12:18 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

'First Black Governor' Woos Minority Voters

The "Hug"

Eight years ago, state Rep. Terry Fields, a Democrat, threw his arm around newly inaugurated Gov. Charlie Crist and delivered a proclamation that stunned even the then-Republican's staunchest supporters.

"He's the first black governor of the state of Florida," Fields crowed.

Fields' embrace didn't achieve the infamy a later hug with the nation's first black president earned Crist among Republicans.

But, nearly a decade later, Crist is banking on Fields' characterization to help win his old job back.

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7:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Bill Clinton Comes to Tampa to Stump for Charlie Crist

Together Again

Former president Bill Clinton will headline an early vote rally in support of Charlie Crist this Sunday, October 26th at 5:00PM. The rally will be held at Cyrus Greene Park in Tampa.

Doors will open for the public at 3:15 p.m.  Anyone wishing to attend the event should visit charliecrist.com/tampa for tickets.

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Off The Base
4:41 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker on a Refueling Mission

F-16 Thunderbirds fly near the wing of a KC-135 Stratotanker.
Lottie Watts WUSF 89.7

When you're about to run out of gas in your car, you don't think too much about pulling into the closest station to fill up.  The process is a bit more complicated if you're a pilot flying an F-16 Thunderbird with the United States Air Force. That requires an airborne filling station. 

For our series Off The Base, we went on a refueling mission in a KC-135 Stratotanker out of Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base.

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2:31 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Clinton, Christie to Make FL Appearances Sunday

Former President Bill Clinton will swing through Florida on Sunday, campaigning for Democratic congressional candidate Gwen Graham in Tallahassee, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Tampa and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in Palm Beach Gardens.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming back to the state to appear on behalf of Gov. Rick Scott, this time making stops Sunday in South Florida.

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12:56 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Joe Maddon's Leaving the Tampa Bay Rays

Credit twitter

After nine seasons, 754 wins, 4 playoff appearances and an American League Championship in 2008, Joe Maddon is no longer the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon was the guiding force behind the Tampa Bay Rays' drive from perennial cellar-dwellers in the American League East to the World Series in 2008. 

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