Culture
1:16 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Keys to Freeze Pedaling 9,000 Miles from Key West to Deadhorse, Alaska

Keys to Freeze bikes into Blackwater River State Park to meet with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
Steve Newborn WUSF News

A group of six 20-somethings - including three from the Tampa Bay area - decided they needed a little exercise while getting a tour of America. So they decided to hop on their bicycles and pedal across the country.

No, this isn't the typical coast-to-coast trip. They started in January in Key West - and are biking to Deadhorse, Alaska.

Nine thousand miles.

The call themselves "Keys to Freeze."

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Politics
5:29 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Frustrated State Senators Push Pot Fix

Citing frustration with delays in getting non-euphoric cannabis to patients, a Florida Senate panel Thursday pushed forward a revised attempt to create a regulatory framework for the pot industry but did not include changes sought by black farmers who complain they would be shut out of the industry.

The bill, approved by the Senate Rules Committee and headed to the Senate floor, would quadruple the number of state-approved businesses that could participate from five to 20.

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Politics
5:20 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Gaming Extension Bill Moves Out Of Committee But Not Without Taking On Extra Weight

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:14 am

A discussion to extend the state’s gaming agreement with the Seminole Indian tribe for another year got weighed down by a gaming amendment pile on during its first committee hearing Wednesday. But despite the heavy load, the measure made it through the Senate Regulated Industries Committee.

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Culture
1:06 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Photographer Unveils "Unseen Cuba"

Unseen Cuba
Marius Jovaisa

Lithuanian photographer and entrepreneur Marius Jovaisa loves a challenge.  He participates in triathlons and marathons. So when it came to work projects, he decided he wanted to become the first person on earth to take aerial photographs of Cuba.

After five years of negotiating red tape to gain the permissions needed to fly over the places he wanted to photograph and spending $1,000,000 U.S. on this project, he said he wakes up sometimes and can't believe it's done. 

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News
10:23 am
Thu April 9, 2015

FL Forensic Research Site Proposed

Erin Kimmerle.

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:25 am

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and a University of South Florida anthropology professor are developing a forensic research site, where investigators could study how the humid climate and sandy soil affect human corpses, The Tampa Tribune reports.

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News
10:21 am
Thu April 9, 2015

FL VA Clinic Waits Remain A Problem

The Jacksonville VA Clinic has among the worst wait times for veterans wanting to see a doctor.

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:43 am

Florida veterans were forced to wait at least 30 days for nearly 93,000 medical appointments at VA medical facilities from September through February, and half of those delays were found at just seven sites in north Florida and the Panhandle, according to government data reviewed by The Associated Press.

The data shows the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is far from reaching its goal of reducing long waits for care at some hospitals and clinics in its massive health system.

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Culture
9:32 am
Thu April 9, 2015

"Look at Us Now Mother" Film A Journey to Forgiveness

Gayle Kirschenbaum and her mom, Mildred
Courtesy of lookatusnowmother.com

    

From as far back as she can remember, Emmy award-winning filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum's relationship with her mother was, "not good."

She grew up the only daughter of a glamorous mother. Kirschenbaum lived in fear of her mother's punishment, and had perpetual headaches and dizzy spells. Her film, "Look at Us Now, Mother," cobbles together old pictures and movies to tell the story of their relationship, which Kirschenbaum said was filled with shame and humiliation early on. 

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Health News Florida
6:26 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Florida Keys Hope To Add New Weapon In War Against Mosquitoes: Genetic Modification

Carrie Atwood, a domestic inspector for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, uses a flashlight to search for aedes aegypti larvae.

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 6:50 pm

In the fight against mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, domestic inspector Carrie Atwood has a few indispensable tools. She carries a dipper — essentially, a plastic cup at the end of a stick. She has a flashlight for looking into the backs of plants and pots. And she has a turkey baster.

"That's good for getting into bromeliads, which is a plant that holds water at the base of the leaf," Atwood said. "We use that to dip in there or just any other kind of tight space where the dipper won't go."

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Politics
2:17 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Fact-Checking Jeb Bush: Does FL Have A Religious Freedom Law Like Indiana’s?

Credit politifact.com

 

  As debate over Indiana's new religious freedom law continues -- with one side saying it allows discrimination against gays and the other saying it protects one's right to observe their religious beliefs -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is defending Indiana's law.

And he says  Florida has its own version of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Jury Finds Tsarnaev Guilty On All Counts

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 12:46 pm

A jury in Boston has found 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts related to the 2013 bombings of the Boston Marathon. The twin bombings, carried out with his older brother, Tamerlan, killed three people and left 264 others wounded.

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Florida Matters
1:19 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Florida Matters: Cuba Forum

Credit AP

In Florida and in Tampa Bay, ties to Cuba run very deep. In March, federal officials participated in a forum with community leaders in Tampa to discuss what may lie ahead, as some restrictions on travel and trade have been eased under changes announced earlier this year by the Obama administration.

Some Tampa Bay area business leaders have wanted better relations with Cuba for years. What lies ahead as relations between Cuba and the United States are changing? 

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NPR Ed
1:08 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Think Tuition Is Rising Fast? Try Room And Board

Universities can have a hard time resisting the lure of luxury, which keeps room and board prices rising.
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:46 pm

Valerie Inniss took out $11,500 in student loans this year to pay for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

None of it was for tuition.

The 21-year-old is on a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, won on the strength of her high school test scores. And she qualifies for the maximum federal Pell Grant — $5,730 — for low-income students.

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Health News Florida
9:44 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Surgeon General Gets Rough Treatment in Senate

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 8:54 am

In another sign of growing tension about a Senate plan to expand health coverage for low-income Floridians, a Senate committee Tuesday tabled the confirmation of state Surgeon General John Armstrong after questioning him about the issue.

The move by the Senate Health Policy Committee came a day after Gov. Rick Scott --- Armstrong's boss --- opposed the plan to use federal money to provide health coverage to an estimated 800,000 Floridians through a private insurance system.

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Health News Florida
9:43 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Study: More Teens Turning To E-Cigarettes

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 9:39 am

More teenagers are trying electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, according to a study by the University of Florida. Researchers found that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to use other tobacco products.

E-cigarettes produce vapor from a liquid that comes in a variety of flavors, like bubble gum and cotton candy. The liquid can be bought with or without nicotine.

Researchers say older people are turning to e-cigarettes to quit their smoking habit, while teens like them for recreational use.

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Health News Florida
9:43 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Scott Stops Shy of Promising Medicaid Veto

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 9:42 am

 Florida Gov. Rick Scott stopped shy of saying he would veto an expansion to Medicaid. Speaking to reporters in Orlando Tuesday, Scott said the federal government can’t be trusted to pay for Medicaid.

But when pressed, he stopped short of saying he would veto an expansion to the health insurance program for the poor.

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