Environment
8:10 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

EPA Rule Change Could Help Florida's Disappearing Wetlands

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 11:58 am

Environmental experts met Tuesday in Naples to discuss massive wetland loss in the state and looming federal policy changes that could help.

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Education
8:08 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The University of Florida Names A New President

The University of Florida names Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs as its 12th president.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 2:34 pm

The University of Florida has chosen a new president.

Cornell University Provost Dr. Kent Fuchs, pronounced "fox" will become the 12th president of UF. He will start his new job  New Year's Day, if he is approved by the state university system governing board, the Florida Board of Governors. The BOG will meet Nov. 5 and 6th where it's also expected to take up the ratification of FSU's new president, state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine).

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University Beat
5:29 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Vinik Offers Downtown Tampa Land to USF

Architects' rendering of proposed USF Morsani College of Medicine

WUSF has learned that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has offered about an acre of land in downtown Tampa to the University of South Florida to build both the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute.

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Politics
1:58 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Fact-Checking Charge that Crist is Corrupt

Credit politifact.com

Election day is getting close -- and the TV ad war between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist rages on. 
 

One of the latest ads from the Scott side pulls no punches. It calls Crist a "corrupt politician" who funneled taxpayer money into what amounted to a Ponzi scheme.

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Politics
12:48 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Governor's Debate Live Chat Tonight

The 2014 gubernatorial election is being watched by politics buffs across the nation. It's a competitive race, and Florida voters will have plenty to decide on.

In preparation for our coverage of the first English-language debate, public radio stations across the state have worked together to bring you stories about some of Florida's big issues.

Click on the icons to see what Floridians across the state are voting on.

DEBATE COVERAGE

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Environment
12:22 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo Flirts With Category Four Strength

After briefly reaching a category 4 status overnight, on Wednesday morning Hurricane Gonzalo was back to a Category 3 storm. However, now, Hurricane Gonzalo is once again a category 4 hurricane with maximum winds speeds of 130 mph.

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Politics
11:59 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Judge Rejects Libertarian Wyllie's Try to Get in Governor Debate

Adrian Wyllie won't be smiling on camera tonight
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A South Florida federal judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by Libertarian Party candidate Adrian Wyllie seeking to force his way into the next gubernatorial debate.

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11:51 am
Wed October 15, 2014

New Poll: All Tied Up in Florida Governor's Race

Lead in text: 
The exclusive poll finds 40 percent of likely voters supporting Charlie Crist, 40 percent backing Rick Scott, and 6 percent for Libertarian nominee Adrian Wyllie. Independent voters have broken toward Crist since a September poll from the Times' partners showed Scott leading by 5 percentage points and voters' already negative impressions of the governor have grown even worse.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are locked in a dead heat race for governor in the final weeks of the campaign, and a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll shows Florida voters think very little of either candidate.
Culture
10:56 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Intergalactic Nemesis Invades Ringling's International Arts Fest

Intergalactic Nemesis actors
Courtesy of RIAF

What started out as a radio play has morphed into something much bigger. Now The Intergalactic Nemesis is coming to Sarasota's Ringling International Arts Festival Thursday. And it's bringing the sludge monsters from the planet Zygon to invade the 1930's.  

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Health News Florida
10:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Scott's Child Abuse Deaths Claim Questioned

Gov. Rick Scott

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 9:40 am

Republican Gov. Rick Scott repeatedly tells voters that abused and neglected children are safer under his leadership than when his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist was governor, but an Associated Press examination of that claim shows that campaign claim may be an exaggeration.

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Law & Order
6:05 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Defense Attorneys Say Hazing Death Of Drum Major Was A 'Contest'

Robert Champion died in 2011 due to injuries sustained in a hazing ritual.

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 6:11 pm

The four remaining defendants in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University marching band drum major are about to go on trial, and their attorneys argue what happened to Robert Champion was part of a contest.

Defense attorneys are making a case that Florida's anti-hazing law is so vague that what happened to Champion wasn't hazing but part of a contest.

 

The defense is asking a judge for a hearing challenging the anti-hazing law. Circuit Judge Rene Roche set a hearing a week before the defendants' Oct. 27 trial.

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University Beat
6:05 am
Wed October 15, 2014

FSU Trustees To Discuss $430,000 Contract For Thrasher

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 6:10 pm

Florida State University is expected to pay its incoming President John Thrasher $430,000 a year. A draft of the proposed contract has Thrasher starting his new job November 10.

The Florida State University Board of Trustees will meet Monday in a conference call to talk about the proposed employment contract with state Senator John Thrasher. He’s expected to be reelected. He says he will step down after the election as long as the university system governing board approves his appointment to the FSU job.

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Politics
8:09 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Adam Putnam, Jeff Atwater Draw Little Opposition in Cabinet Races

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

Florida voters next month will decide if Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, two of the three members of the state Cabinet, should serve another four years.

But with the Republican incumbents comfortably ahead in fundraising and their challengers little known, the Florida Democratic Party appears to have all but conceded the races.

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University Beat
7:36 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

USF St. Pete Breaks Ground on New College of Business

Officials from USF St. Petersburg break ground on the new USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Last week, the University of South Florida unveiled a new name for its USF Muma College of Business.

Tuesday, USF St. Petersburg's Kate Tiedemann College of Business got in on the action by breaking ground on a new building.

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Environment
2:31 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo Forecast to Strengthen; Strong Cold Front Coming

At max winds speeds of 110 mph, Category 2 Hurricane Gonzalo is forecast to strengthen and exceed the 110 mph wind speeds later today. This would make it the 2nd major hurricane of the 2014 season.

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