University Beat
7:36 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

USF St. Pete Breaks Ground on New College of Business

Officials from USF St. Petersburg break ground on the new USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Last week, the University of South Florida unveiled a new name for its USF Muma College of Business.

Tuesday, USF St. Petersburg's Kate Tiedemann College of Business got in on the action by breaking ground on a new building.

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Environment
2:31 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo Forecast to Strengthen; Strong Cold Front Coming

At max winds speeds of 110 mph, Category 2 Hurricane Gonzalo is forecast to strengthen and exceed the 110 mph wind speeds later today. This would make it the 2nd major hurricane of the 2014 season.

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Politics
1:19 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Sunshine State Survey: More Floridians Optimistic About the Future

USF's School of Public Affairs and Nielsen released the season's final results from the Sunshine State Survey Tuesday,  giving the most recent indication of how Floridians feel about the issues that affect them the most.

USF Political Science Professor Susan MacManus said overall, Floridians are feeling more optimistic about the direction the state is headed.

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Business
11:07 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Where's Wyllie? Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Fights For A Spot In Debates

Wyllie is Florida's Libertarian candidate for Governor

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 5:55 pm

Last Friday, Spanish language TV station Telemundo aired the first of Florida’s gubernatorial debates.  But Telemundo chose not to include Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie. 

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Politics
10:10 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Bondi Wants Florida High Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

Attorney General Pam Bondi has defended Florida's gay marriage ban, but she now says she wants the state's high court to settle whether the ban is legal.

Bondi's office filed a request late Monday with the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami in the turnabout decision.

The filing asks that the appeals court immediately send two consolidated cases up to the Florida Supreme Court. In both cases, judges declared the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

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Health News Florida
9:30 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Key to Pot Vote: Turnout, Not Political Party

AP

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 12:50 pm

Need an example of how incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist, are trying to attract every possible vote?

Ask them about medical marijuana. Neither candidate avoids the issue. But they do play it safe.

  “I’m going to vote against it. But it’s going to be on the ballot. All the citizens of the state have the right to vote whichever way they think,” Scott told Tampa’s Fox 13 News this past June.

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Politics
9:27 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Joe Biden Campaigns in Florida for Crist

Vice President Joe Biden talks to supporters as former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist smiles during a campaign stop Monday at Century Village in Boca Raton
Credit AP Photo

Vice President Joe Biden didn't waste any time addressing former Gov. Charlie Crist's switch from Republican to Democrat at the first of a pair of South Florida campaign stops Monday, where he blamed the GOP for abandoning the middle class.

"Hell, (Crist) didn't leave the Republican Party. It left him," Biden told a crowd of about 600 seniors at a Boca Raton retirement community, later saying "one political party in particular has changed so fundamentally that they don't view things from the same prism."

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Environment
7:53 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Amendment 1 Would Ensure Funding for Environment

In what supporters are labeling the "end game for conservation in Florida," voters this November are being asked to change the state constitution to earmark billions of tax dollars for a host of environmental protection projects.

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Environment
6:08 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Gonzalo Now a Hurricane; Could Be Category 3 by Wednesday

Hurricane hunters have found winds over hurricane strength on two different passes today as the system moved through the Leeward Islands. Now a hurricane, atmospheric conditions are favorable for continued strengthening of Gonzalo over the next 48 hours, and it could be as strong as a Category 3 by Wednesday morning. Thereafter, Gonzalo is expected to make a northward turn and potentially impact Bermuda as a Category 2 or stronger storm Friday or Saturday.

There is no threat from Gonzalo to the United States or Florida.

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Education
5:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Jill Biden, Annette Taddeo Campaign on Education at USF

Jill Biden presses the flesh with USF students
Credit Steve Newborn / WUSF News

As the race for governor heats up, the Democrats are calling on some big names to help out Charlie Crist. Vice President Joe Biden is in South Florida this afternoon, and his wife Jill appeared today at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She listened to a group of students talking about making college affordable.

Biden says the average college student is weighed down with about $30,000 of debt when they graduate.

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Education
3:13 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Colleges Duck Public Records Law Via Corporations

The University of Central Library, Orlando

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 2:13 pm

The business of Florida's 12 public universities is supposed to be public like any other state agency. Salaries, contracts, policies and other university business records are supposed to be subject to Florida's expansive Sunshine Law, which mandates that most government actions be open to scrutiny.

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Education
12:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

UF Search Committee Names Three Presidential Finalists

The University of Florida's Presidential Search Committee has narrowed its list of finalists to three, all from out-of-state, with the president-elect expected to be named Wednesday.

On Monday, the search committee selected as finalists Cornell University Provost Kent Fuchs, New York University Provost David W. McLaughlin and Sibrandes Poppema, president of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

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Education
11:04 am
Mon October 13, 2014

How A Miami Middle School Added Speech And Debate Classes On A Budget

Veldreana Oliver has taught physical education for 28 years at Allapattah Middle School. More recently, her principal asked her to teach writing, speech and debate
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Last week, StateImpact Florida told you how a middle school in Miami has added speech and debate courses this year to improve reading, writing and speaking.

The school’s principal, Bridget McKinney, majored in debate and thought the requirements for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sounded a lot like her college classes. She needed a writing teacher for new speech and debate courses she wanted to create.

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NPR Story
9:17 am
Mon October 13, 2014

2 Doctors Lose Licenses for Pain Pills

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 5:30 pm

Two Gulf Coast physicians lost their medical licenses Friday on similar charges, prescribing large quantities of addictive pain pills in ways the state said endangered the public.

One of them, Dr. Konstantine Yankopolus of Fort Myers, had already been suspended from practice in an emergency order filed by the Florida Department of Health in May 2013. 

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Culture
9:10 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Still Standing: Anita Hollander to Perform at USF

Hollander as Francesca in Bass for Picasso in NY.

You could say performing is in Anita Hollander's blood.  After all, she's been singing, dancing and acting since she was 8.  When she was 26, she lost her leg to cancer, but she kept on going.  

"I went on with my career just normally as a performer who just happened to have an artificial leg,"Hollander said. "And somehow I got introduced to a whole world of other performers who have disabilities and they sort of pushed me ahead." She's now National Co-Chair of Performers with Disabilities for SAG-AFTRA.   And in that capacity, works to promote more "presence of performers with disabilities in all media, including stage, television, film."  

And Tuesday night at 7, Hollander brings her show, "Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide for Life's Catastrophes" to USF's Oval Theater in Tampa, presented by VSA Florida and USF AccessiBull.  

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