Health News Florida
9:24 am
Mon October 20, 2014

CDC to Talk Ebola with Florida Hospitals

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 9:32 am

 Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a conference call today on Ebola preparedness and training with Florida hospitals.

Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday that the call scheduled Monday afternoon will provide guidance for proper use of personal protective equipment, safe handling of medical waste and effective clinical strategies within hospitals.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Young Actors Follow Their Dreams

Shelby Ronea, her mom Renea Elmore and Noah Diggs
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Not every friendship starts on the set of a movie.

But that’s how Tampa teen Shelby Ronea and fellow actor Noah Diggs of St. Petersburg met. The pair was among the actors tapped for the Haley Joel Osment film, “Sex Ed,” filmed during the summer of 2013 in Tampa.  The film will be released on November 7th.

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, the 15-year-olds talk with Shelby’s mom, Renea Elmore, about their love for performing and their hopes for the future.

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Politics
2:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Early Voting in Pinellas, Polk Starts Today

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With the mid-term election coming up in just a couple of weeks, early voting is set to begin in Pinellas County today.

With so many ballot decisions for voters to make this year, Pinellas County Elections Administrator Nancy Whitlock says they expect good voter turnout.

“Counties have the option of providing early voting, two weeks before the election. So, we chose to have early voting for the full amount of possible days and hours for this general election,” Whitlock said.

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Around the Nation
8:24 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

The Kissimmee: A River Re-Curved

The restoration's goal is to put as much of the Kissimmee as possible back to the way it was. This photo shows the river after restoration.
Courtesy the South Florida Water Management District

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 3:18 pm

It sounds almost superhuman to try straighten a river and then recarve the curves.

That's what federal and state officials did to the Kissimmee River in Central Florida. They straightened the river in the 1960s into a canal to drain swampland and make way for the state's explosive growth. It worked — and it created an ecological disaster. So officials decided to restore the river's slow-flowing, meandering path.

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Law & Order
5:28 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Dunn Sentenced To Life In Prison

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:22 pm

The man convicted of fatally shooting a Jacksonville teen at a Gate gas station in November 2012 will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.

Circuit Judge Russell Healey has sentenced Michael Dunn, 47, to life in prison for the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Dunn will serve an additional maximum sentence of 90 years in prison for three counts of attempted murder as well as 15 years for one count of firing a deadly missile into the vehicle where Davis and his friends sat.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Unemployment Down in Florida as Election Season Approaches

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The last unemployment numbers before the November elections were released on Friday. Unemployment is down and jobs are up in the state of Florida.

Florida businesses created 12,800 private-sector jobs  in September of 2014, decreasing unemployment from 6.3 to 6.1 percent from this past August. Jesse Panuccio is Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

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Off The Base
3:22 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Chili Cook-Off Connects Veterans on Campus

Naming your chili is half the fun of participating in the annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the USF Office of Veterans Affairs.
Credit Office of Veterans Affairs / USF

Over the last five years the University of South Florida Office of Veterans Services has worked to raise its visibility among the estimated 1,400 student veterans on campus and provide them resources.

One way USF Veterans Services has gained a lot of notice is its annual Chili Cook-Off.

This year, the Office of Veterans Services 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off is scheduled 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5th at the Marshall Center Amphitheater on the Tampa Campus, 4202 E. Fowler Ave.

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Health News Florida
3:04 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Gov. Scott asks CDC for Help on Florida Ebola Prep

Gov. Rick Scott asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct health care worker training with all Florida hospitals by conference call
Credit AP Photo

Gov. Rick Scott asked federal officials Friday to add Florida airports to the list of the five around the country that have stepped up security to monitor travelers who may be carrying Ebola.

Scott didn't specify whether he wanted all airports or only the state's major airports to have increased safety screenings, saying the federal government should look at airports where potential patients are coming from West Africa. Screeners at airports in Atlanta, Chicago and three others use no-touch thermometers to try to find passengers with fevers.

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Environment
2:53 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Bermuda Braces for Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo

This satellite image shows Hurricane Gonzalo as it approaches Bermuda. Gonzalo was expected to pass within 29 miles (46 kilometers) of Bermuda on Friday night, close enough to be considered a direct hit, the Bermuda Weather Service warned
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Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda as a powerful Category 3 storm on Friday and the head of the tiny British territory urged people to seek high ground due to a potential storm surge of 10 feet (3 meters).

The storm was centered about 100 miles (165 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda Friday afternoon with top sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was moving to the north-northeast at 16 mph (26 kph) and was expected to pass near or over Bermuda Friday evening.

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Health News Florida
9:22 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Fl. Hospitals Grapple with Possibility of Ebola

All Children's Hospital

Step inside All Children's Hospital and you're greeted with three things: hand sanitizer, tissues and masks decorated with little cartoon Band-Aids with legs, feet and smiles. "Dirt Squirt Alert!" a sign says. "Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick!" 

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Law & Order
6:37 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Fl. Supreme Court Rejects Cell Phone Tracking by Police

Pointing to privacy rights, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said police need to get warrants before using cell-phone information to conduct "real-time" tracking of criminal suspects.

Justices, in a 5-2 decision, sided with a man who was arrested in 2007 in Broward County after a search of his vehicle uncovered a kilogram brick of cocaine hidden in a spare-tire well. Police tracked the man, Shawn Alvin Tracey, through location information given off when cell-phone calls are made.

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Law & Order
3:41 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

FHP Starts Wrong-Way Driving Campaign

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The Florida Highway Patrol is kicking off a campaign to prevent wrong-way crashes around the Tampa bay area, after five crashes led to eleven deaths so far this year.

An additional 30 troopers from across the state will be located around I-75, I-275 and other roadways to arrest wrong-way and DUI drivers.

FHP spokesperson Sgt. Steve Gaskins said drivers should make good decisions before they start drinking.

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9:22 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Manatee-Sarasota Congressional Candidates Spar Over Health Care, Ebola, Jobs

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The candidates included incumbent Vern Buchanan, 63, a Republican businessman; Democrat Henry Lawrence, 63, a former NFL football player and businessman; and retired accountant Joe Newman, 101, a write-in candidate. They all seek a seat representing congressional District 16, which includes most of Manatee County and all of Sarasota County.
Three candidates running for Congress discussed Wednesday how to improve U.S. health care, quell the threat of the Ebola virus and spur job creation.
Health News Florida
9:19 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Nurses Union Demands Better Ebola Training

Nurses gather in Tampa's Ybor City to demand proper training on how to deal with Ebola.

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 9:29 am

Nurses from National Nurses United gathered in Tampa's Ybor City on Wednesday to stage a "die-in."

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Politics
11:03 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Governor's Debate Blown Away By Fan Dispute (But There were Other Issues, Too)

Democratic challenger Charlie Crist waits for Florida Gov. Rick Scott to start the debate. Scott delayed the start of the debate because of an electric fan below Crist’s podium
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After tens of millions of dollars worth of television commercials and the slinging of massive amounts of mud, could the Florida gubernatorial election come down to an electric fan?

In the latest strange chapter in the always-fascinating politics of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott skipped the first few minutes of a televised debate Wednesday with his Democratic challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, because of the presence of an electric fan at Crist's feet.

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