Health News Florida
6:46 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Florida Deadliest State for Cyclists

Smart Growth America's map tracks more than a decade's worth of bicycle fatalities in Florida and the rest of the country
Smart Growth America.org

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 1:19 pm

Frank Gilbert has been nudged a few times while riding a bike to work. Nudged is his term for cars bumping into him.

If you close your eyes and think of someone riding a bike to work, you might picture spandex and neon helmets. Maybe jean shorts and a handlebar mustache.

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News
6:35 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Tampa, Orlando Growth Behind State Population Boon

People moving to the Interstate 4 corridor and South Florida propelled the state's population to almost 20 million residents last year, allowing it to surpass New York as the nation's third-largest state, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Thursday.

More than half of Florida's growth last year came from three metropolitan areas: South Florida, Orlando and Tampa. With Florida adding another 292,000 residents last year, the state now has 19.9 million residents, trailing only California and Texas.

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Education
5:30 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Program to Help Homeless Teens Expands to Pinellas

Mayor Rick Kriseman speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for Starting Right, Now a program to help homeless teens in Pinellas County
Credit M.S Butler

A Hillsborough County project to help teens is expanding across the bay with the help of some well known local dignitaries.
 

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman and others broke ground Tuesday on what will soon will be a residential facility for homeless teens in Pinellas County.

The project, funded through private donations, comes from the efforts of Start Right Now a program working to end homelessness for area teens.

 Vicki Sokolik  is the founder and executive director.

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Politics
11:22 am
Wed March 25, 2015

What ‘Attack’ Is More Likely: Alligator or Gun?

AP

Florida is one of 20 states that specifically bans firearms on college campuses, but the Florida Legislature is moving toward allowing guns on campuses.

A group that advocates for concealed carry of firearms on campuses recently told lawmakers that alligator attacks are more common than "attacks" by those with a gun permit.

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Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition
1:39 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Fl Wildlife Corridor Expedition Ends 1,000-Mile Journey

From left, Carlton Ward Jr., Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie after they finished their 1,000-mile trip
Steve Newborn WUSF News

Their trip took them nearly a thousand miles, from the headwaters of the Everglades through the Panhandle to the Alabama state line. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition has finally come to an end, on an sandy barrier island near Pensacola Beach. WUSF traveled with the trio, and we report on their thoughts on the end of the expedition - and what the future might hold.

If their journey of a thousand miles began with one step, it ended with a couple of dozen hugs.

SOUND: Hugs on the beach after landing.

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Health News Florida
10:10 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Hemp Farming Gets Thumbs Up From Florida Senate Committee

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill to let farmers grow hemp crops like these.

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 2:45 pm

A product made from cannabis could become one of Florida’s top crops: A bill in Tallahassee would allow Florida farmers to grow hemp.

Robert Clayton finished construction last year on a house made of hemp in Tarpon Springs. It’s thought to be the first of its kind in Florida. He testified at a Senate hearing about his research for the Hemp Industries Association.

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World Affairs
10:08 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Senators Decry Normalizing Cuban Relations

The Florida Senate easily passed a non-binding resolution Tuesday against normalizing Cuban relations.

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 6:18 pm

Florida lawmakers of Cuban descent spoke out Tuesday on the Senate floor against normalizing relations with the island nation. 

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Politics
10:06 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Fl Prisons May Get More Oversight After Scandals

Saying that they no longer have trust in Florida's prison system, some legislators are pushing ahead with a sweeping proposal that would strip Gov. Rick Scott of complete control of the system while creating an independent commission that could investigate future allegations of corruption or problems.

The Florida Senate appears ready to approve the far-reaching bill, but so far Republicans in control of the House appear reluctant to go that far in shaking up the agency that has come under fire for suspicious inmate deaths and poor conditions.

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Politics
10:02 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Fl House Wants to Cut Taxes on Cellphones, Textbooks

With a budget stalemate still possible, the Republican-controlled Florida House on Tuesday rolled out a hefty package of tax cuts and tax breaks that it wants to push through during this year's session.

House leaders are pitching nearly $700 million in tax cuts, including a substantial cut in the taxes charged on cellphones and cable television, a three-day back to school sales tax holiday, and exempting college textbooks from sales taxes.

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News
4:03 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Tampa Police Expand Business Watch Program Downtown

The Tampa Police Department started a dedicated bike patrol unit in January that, among other things, helps TPD with the new Downtown Business Watch Program. Pictured: Lorrie Anderson, Chris Audit and Erik Turner.
Credit Daylina Miller/WUSF News

  Businesses in downtown Tampa now have a direct line to patrol officers assigned to the area thanks to an expansion of the Tampa Police Department’s “Business Watch" program. 

The program started in 2011 in Ybor City, where police say crime has been reduced 60 percent during the day and 50 percent at night.

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USF Athletics
9:55 am
Tue March 24, 2015

USF Bulls Fall Just Short in NCAA Tournament

USF Bulls junior guard Shalethia Stringfield (#23) drives around Louisville defenders during the Bulls' 60-52 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Monday night at the USF Sun Dome.
Credit Tim Britt / GoUSFBulls.com

The USF Bulls women's basketball team's magical season came to an end Monday, as the Bulls fell to Louisville 60-52 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In front of a raucous home crowd of 5,014 at the Sun Dome, the Bulls fell behind 12-2 to Louisville, the 8th ranked team in the country, before battling back to tie the score at 14.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Tue March 24, 2015

As Night Falls, Officials Call Off Search Operation For German Plane

Family of passengers on the Germanwings plane that crashed Tuesday arrive at Barcelona airport.
Emilio Morenatti AP

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:00 am

This post was last updated at 5:35 p.m.

An Airbus A320 aircraft operated by Germanwings, Lufthansa's low-cost subsidiary, crashed in the French Alps today, likely killing all 150 people on board, French officials said. Germanwings said Flight 4U 9525 was traveling from Barcelona, Spain, to Duesseldorf, Germany.

As night fell on the area, French authorities called off the search operations.

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Health News Florida
9:02 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Lawmakers Eye Bill To Ban Contact Lens Price Floors

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 6:24 pm

Many contact lens manufacturers are imposing what’s called a Unilateral Pricing Policy on contact retailers.  It lets manufacturers set a minimum price for their product. If retailers drop below that price, they risk losing the ability to continue selling that company’s contacts. Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon) says there are other products that fall under similar pricing agreements, but none quite like contacts.

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Politics
7:48 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Murphy Announces Candidacy, Grayson Considering Senate Run

Patrick Murphy

South Florida congressman Patrick Murphy, D- Jupiter, says he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2016. Murphy could have some competition from Central Florida.

Murphy says he’ll work to raise the minimum wage, strengthen social security and protect the everglades. He says Sen. Marco Rubio has ‘put the needs of Floridians behind his presidential ambitions.’

Florida Democratic Party chair Allison Tant released a statement saying she is glad Murphy has joined the race.  

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Health News Florida
6:35 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Bill Tries To Lower Insurer Influence Over Patient Medications

A fight over patient access to name-brand drugs has made its way to the legislature.

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 5:39 pm

A battle between the pharmaceutical industry, patients and doctors has made its way to the Florida legislature. At issue: whether patients should have to deal with alternative medications and how much say prescription drug plans have on treatment.


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