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Crist Opponent To Seek Legislative Seat

In a move that could help clear the way for former Gov. Charlie Crist to head to Capitol Hill, his chief opponent for a Pinellas County congressional seat dropped out of the race Tuesday and will instead run for the state House.
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Atwater Disputes Scott Over Insurance Chief’s Exit

Apr 28, 2016

A disagreement about the pending exit of Florida's longtime insurance commissioner continued Wednesday, as the state Cabinet prepares to again try to end an impasse about hiring a new commissioner.

Dr. Vivek Murthy is not only one of the youngest people ever named the U.S. Surgeon General, the 38-year-old also is the first person of Indian descent to hold the post.

But there’s one more thing: he's a Floridian.

Pint-Sized Philanthropists To Be Feted At MOSI

Apr 27, 2016
MOSI

A unique group of donors will be honored at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry this weekend.

There is little chance champagne will be served at Sunday's gala but there will be juice boxes. And dessert will be served before the main course.

The attendees all participated in MOSI's "Give Change to Make  Change" campaign.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

While Florida has about a quarter of the almost 400 reported cases of Zika in the United States, no one has been infected in Florida. But that's not stopping local public health experts from advising people to protect themselves.

When it comes to reversing the obesity epidemic, there have been glimmers of hope that the U.S. might be making headway, especially with young children.

When 31-year-old Shannon Lawley died at a Brevard County hospital four years ago, her parents wanted to file a medical malpractice suit. But only spouses or children can sue under Florida law, and Shannon Lawley had neither.

Michael Lawley felt the law was so unfair that he protested to the legislature the year after she died, as Health News Florida reported at the time. 

Expanding Access Called Key In Addressing Health Issues

Apr 27, 2016

Speakers at a health-care "summit" said Tuesday that expanding access to care for more Floridians could save the state money.

The two-day Florida Health Care Affordability Summit, sponsored by the business group Associated Industries of Florida, included lawmakers and experts addressing topics ranging from controlling drug costs to expanding treatment options through technology.

Scott, Atwater Remain In Standoff On Insurance Chief

Apr 27, 2016

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater refused to go along with Gov. Rick Scott's nominee for state insurance commissioner on Tuesday, maintaining an impasse over a high-profile appointment that they must jointly support.

Scott and Atwater, with just over a month until the start of the 2016 hurricane season, will make a third attempt at settling their differences Friday, with Scott putting forward two additional applicants --- David Altmaier and Rich Robleto, both deputy commissioners with the Office of Insurance Regulation --- for the state Cabinet to interview.

Arguments Set In Dispute Over Immigrant ER Care

Apr 27, 2016

An appeals court will hear arguments June 7 in a long-running dispute between the state Agency for Health Care Administration and more than two-dozen hospitals about Medicaid payments for providing emergency care to undocumented immigrants.

The 1st District Court of Appeal scheduled the arguments Monday in the hospitals' challenge to a ruling last year by an administrative law judge, according to an online docket. The case has involved major hospital systems across the southern part of the state and the Tampa Bay area, such as Lee Memorial Health System, the North Broward Hospital District and hospitals that are part of the Tenet Healthcare system.

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The U.S. Department of Justice released a long-awaited report Wednesday morning that found Tampa Police unfairly stopped and ticketed black bicyclists as part of its bike stop program.

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