Environment
5:41 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Fl. Legislators Approve Projects to Aid Springs

Credit Robin Sussingham / WUSF News

Florida legislators are signing off on a long list of projects that are intended to aid the quality of several of the state's springs.

Money is now flowing toward 27 projects intended to improve some of the state's most endangered natural springs.

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World Affairs
5:38 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Israeli Officer Charged in Beating of Tampa Teen

Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, talks about his ordeal July 20 after returning home to Tampa
Credit AP Photo

An Israeli police officer has been charged in the beating of a Tampa teenager during a violent protest in Jerusalem in July, the nation’s Justice Ministry said.

The ministry said Wednesday a police investigation concluded that “evidence was found supporting the guilt of the police officer suspected of severe violent crimes.”

Tariq Abu Khdeir, an American citizen of Palestinian descent who was visiting from Tampa with his family, was beaten at an east Jerusalem protest that followed the gruesome death of his cousin.

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University Beat
3:59 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

USF Rises in Latest U.S. News 'Best University' List

Credit U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report has tallied up the data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities around the country and issued its 2015 Best College Rankings. While there's little movement at the top, schools in the Sunshine State are seeing some changes.

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University Beat
12:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Thrasher In, Stokes Out—Search Committee Whittles FSU Presidential Candidates To Four

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 1:24 pm

Two of the most prominent candidates hoping to lead Florida State University, state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) and FSU Interim President Garnett Stokes took their turns in front of the presidential search committee Tuesday. But one of them hasn’t made it to the final list.

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University Beat
9:40 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Innovation Honored with First Class of Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

The first class of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (clockwise from top left: Robert Cade, Thomas Edison, William Glenn, Shin-Tson Wu, John Gorrie and Shyam Mohapatra)
Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Innovation will be honored Wednesday night as the inaugural class is inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame at a private ceremony in Tampa.

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Health News Florida
7:12 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Regulators Take Another Shot at Pot Rule

 State regulators have hurriedly released a revamped framework for Florida's new medical-marijuana industry, making minor changes after a legislative panel shredded an earlier attempt.

The Department of Health's Office of Compassionate Use on Tuesday published the revised rule governing everything from stems and seeds to serving the substance to patients. The latest version of the rule includes some tweaks dealing with who can own the five "dispensing organizations" the state will eventually license.

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Environment
5:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Jane Goodall: Young People Can Make Difference

Dr. Jane Goodall will speak at the USF Sun Dome.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

Jane Goodall, the scientist behind a landmark study of chimpanzee behavior, spoke Tuesday night at the USF Sun Dome about her environmental conservation efforts and primate research experiences. But before that, Dr. Goodall visited local children at the USF Botanical Gardens.

She spoke to Pizzo Elementary students about her love of animals since childhood and how her mother supported her interests.

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Florida Matters
4:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Florida Matters Preview: Grady Judd vs. John Morgan on Amendment 2

Credit The Ledger

This November, voters in Florida will decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana.  Recently, The Ledger of Lakeland hosted a forum on Amendment 2. The forum was moderated by Lenore Devore, the paper's editor, and featured Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Orlando attorney John Morgan.

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Environment
3:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

WATCH: Legendary Scientist Jane Goodall Speaks to Children at USF

Dr. Jane Goodall will speak at the USF Sun Dome Tuesday night.
Credit Yoselis Ramos

Legendary scientist Jane Goodall is speaking tonight at the USF Sun Dome at 7 p.m.  She first stopped at the USF Botanical Gardens to speak to children about her experiences in nature and her enthusiasm for botany, sharing simple goals everyone can take to protect nature.

Watch the video of part of her address:

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University Beat
2:01 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

UF Students Rally To Pledge ‘Solidarity’ After Campus Assaults

University of Florida students sign the "No Gator Walks Alone" banner to pledge to support and look out for fellow Gators after a series of assaults on and near campus.
Credit Cresonia Hsieh / WUFT News

A plea for solidarity and strength rang out at the "No Gator Walks Alone" rally held in the Plaza of Americas at the University of Florida on Monday night.

The event, which was planned in less than 24 hours, came about after Nikki Steinberger, a second-year graduate student at UF, was online Sunday evening talking to friends about the recent assaults that have taken place on or near UF’s campus.

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University Beat
1:47 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Fourth Woman Attacked on University of Florida Campus

University of Florida campus police released surveillance video Monday showing a possible suspect in a string of campus assaults.
Credit University of Florida Police

Four separate but similar attacks on women on or around the University of Florida campus over the past nine days has the school on edge and police searching for a man they believe is responsible for all of them.

The most recent attack happened Sunday evening, just before 9 p.m., when a man tackled a woman walking on campus. The victim, a 20-year-old, kicked the suspect in the groin before he ran away.

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9:36 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Bill Nelson Seeks New Authority for President Against Islamic State

Lead in text: 
The resolution does not authorize “an American army on the ground,” Nelson said in his floor speech, but it leaves open the flexibility that “we might need special operations kinds of missions in the future. We might need forward air observers, to direct in airstrikes.” Nelson took issue with criticism that Obama has “dillydallied” in his approach to IS, pointing out that U.S. manned and unmanned aircraft have hit the group in Irbil, the Mosul Dam and most recently, near the Haditha Dam.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), a strong advocate for attacking the Sunni extremist group Islamic State (IS) in Syria, today introduced a joint resolution giving the President authority to use force against the group in Syria, including commandos on the ground if needed.
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9:34 am
Tue September 9, 2014

South Florida Third in Nation in Accepting Unaccompanied Central American Minors

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South Florida ranks third among the nation’s metropolitan areas with the highest number of Central American minors placed with sponsors, chiefly parents and other relatives, according to the latest federal government figures. Harris County, which includes Houston, has the largest number, with 2,866 minors placed with families, followed by Southern California (including Los Angeles and San Diego) at 2,369, and then South Florida with 2,268 (including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties). For the nation as a whole, the total was 29,890, according to the figures posted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the program.
IMMIGRATION | UNACCOMPANIED MINORS South Florida ranks third among the nation's metropolitan areas with the highest number of Central American minors who made the illegal trek to the United States. Twelve-year-old Kevin Mejía has enrolled at Brownsville Middle School, two months after crossing the Mexican border following a trip from his native Honduras.
13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:34 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Can We Jump-Start A New Space Age?

An artist's view of BoldlyGo's SCIM mission in which a probe would skim the Martian atmosphere capturing dust particles and returning them to Earth.
BoldlyGo Institute, Inc.

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 2:42 pm

Jon Morse, former astrophysics division director at NASA, can remember the exact moment he knew things had to change.

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Health News Florida
8:14 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Child-Welfare Groups Look to Trim Staff Turnover

Credit Florida's Children First

One of the worst problems facing Florida's troubled child-welfare system, advocates say, is job turnover among the case managers who oversee adoption and foster-care services --- 80 percent in some parts of the state.

It's costing Florida tens of millions of dollars a year, and those are just the costs that can be quantified.

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