Law & Order
5:39 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Senators Want To Extend Statute Of Limitations For Rape, But Not As Far As House

Danielle Sullivan

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:17 pm

Florida appears primed to extend the statute of limitations for rape charges.  The proposal is headed for the Senate floor, less than a week after passing the House unanimously.

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Law & Order
5:39 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Body Cameras Bill Heading To House Floor

Rep. Shevrin Jones speaking before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:02 pm

A bill requiring law enforcement agencies to have set guidelines in place when using body cameras is now heading to the House floor. It differs from a measure creating a public records exemption for the recordings.

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Business
5:39 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Two Bills Enter, One Bill Leaves: Growler Legislation Headed To House Floor

After a bit of shuffling, growler legislation is on its way to the House floor.

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:29 pm

Two very different alcohol measures came before their final committee Wednesday.  But even though they began to converge, only one passed its final stop.

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The Two-Way
5:17 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Postman Carrying Letters For Congress Lands On Capitol Grounds In A Gyrocopter

A gyrocopter sits on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday. A Capitol Police spokeswoman said its occupant was arrested.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 9:46 pm

Updated at 8:10 p.m. EDT

The U.S. Capitol Police have confirmed that Douglas Mark Hughes of Ruskin, Fla. was the pilot who landed a gyrocopter not far from the capitol building.

Police searched the vehicle, saying "nothing hazardous" was found. The gyrocopter was relocated to a secure location, the department said in a statement.

Shortly after landing, Hughes was quickly named by friends and news outlets as the man who flew low over the reflecting pool to land near the Congressional buildings. He was met by police with their guns drawn.

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Environment
4:12 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Wildlife Officials to Allow Black Bear Hunts

Black bears are closer to being placed on the state's wildlife hunting calendar for the first time in more than 20 years.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agreed Wednesday to allow hunting for black bears during one week this fall, due to a growing number of bear and human conflicts across the state. The commission made the decision after hearing more than two hours of comments for and against the proposal.

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The Salt
12:34 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar

ESA/NASA

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 2:14 pm

In space, all they have is instant.

"For an instant coffee, it's an excellent instant coffee," says Vickie Kloeris, who manages the space station's food supply for NASA. Astronauts are allotted up to three freeze-dried cups (pouches, actually) a day, and Kloeris says it's "extremely popular."

But, she adds, "Can it compete with brewed espresso? No."

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Politics
12:09 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Rubio and 'Dreamers,' Scott on Medicaid

Now that Sen. Marco Rubio is officially running for president, he's already being hit with a barrage of attack ads. One of them says he tried to deport so-called "dreamers."  We talk about that - and whether Gov. Rick Scott is taking both sides of the Medicaid debate - with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen.

On the day Sen. Marco Rubio announced his presidential campaign, opponents wasted little time attacking his record.

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The Two-Way
10:35 am
Wed April 15, 2015

On 'One Boston Day,' City Marks Marathon Bombings' Anniversary

Flowers were placed at the site of the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street last week. The city will mark the second anniversary of the deadly bombing Wednesday.
Scott Eisen Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 10:31 am

A moment of silence, a call for kindness and the pealing of the city's church bells will be the hallmarks of Boston's events noting the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on Wednesday.

The moment of silence will be observed at 2:49 p.m. ET, the time when the first of two devastating bombs went off in the crowds gathered to watch the marathon in 2013.

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Culture
10:12 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang Draws On

Members of the Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang
Credit Quincy Walters / WUSF News

 

There's an active gang in Tampa's Seminole Heights. Almost anyone can join. 

The initiation is unconventional. 

"You gotta smoke a cigarette and go in a haunted house," says Anthony Record, the group's ringleader. 

They are the Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang. They meet every Wednesday at the Quaid art gallery in Tampa. 

Eric Goodnight is being initiated. He's the founder of the Drink and Draw Social Club, a rival group (but not really).

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Health News Florida
9:30 am
Wed April 15, 2015

State Impasse Over Health Care Expansion Deepens

The stalemate between the House and Senate over billions of dollars in health-care funding deepened Tuesday, as the federal government suggested that the fate of a pool of money for hospitals and other medical providers was tied to the state's decision on Medicaid expansion.

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Law & Order
9:26 am
Wed April 15, 2015

House Prison Reform Package Heads To Floor, Will Include More Changes

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 6:39 pm

The House’s prison reform package is now heading to the floor, after passing its last committee Tuesday. But, even though the measure went through more changes, some say the bill—that still differs from its Senate counterpart—is now heading in the wrong direction.

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Health News Florida
5:08 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Clinic to Pay $150K In Transgender Lawsuit

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 9:10 am

A central Florida eye clinic has agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve a discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a transgender employee who was terminated.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit which alleges the Lakeland Eye Clinic fired the employee after she started dressing as a woman and told her bosses she was transitioning from male to female. The commission says the termination violates the Civil Rights Act.

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Health News Florida
4:51 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Fl Senate Backs Adoption Incentives; Repeals Gay Adoption Ban

After an impassioned debate, the Florida Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would restore a popular adoption-subsidies program --- while repealing a 38-year-old law that banned gay adoption.

By a vote of 27-11, senators passed the measure (HB 7013), which would provide cash incentives to state workers who adopt children in Florida's foster-care system, especially children with special needs.

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Politics
12:46 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Senator Want To Block Tax-Funded Litigation Against The State

A Senate proposal blocks tax-funded litigation against the state.

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 9:02 am

Senators could soon be voting on a measure prohibiting certain organizations from using public funds for litigation against the state.  The proposal’s critics worry about unintended consequences.

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It's All Politics
12:41 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

As Country Changes, Rubio And Republicans Try To Adjust

A protester in front of Sen. Marco Rubio's Doral, Fla., office in 2013 urges Rubio to stop opposing the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in the Senate's immigration bill.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 12:10 pm

Navigating cultural issues like same-sex marriage and immigration has proved tricky for Republicans.

The country has grown rapidly more accepting of gay and lesbian marriage and relationships. And despite a shrinking base of white support and a fast-growing Latino population, Republicans have struggled to adjust.

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