Environment
12:54 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Four Years After Deepwater Horizon, BP Oil Still Washes Up On Pensacola Beaches

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection continues to find tar balls from the 2010 BP oil spill washing ashore on Florida beaches.

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:46 pm

Four years ago, an oil rig owned by BP exploded off the Louisiana coast—causing one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history. The oil flowed all the way to Florida's western panhandle, causing tourists to flee and businesses to dry up. Now tourism is back and the money is flowing again—but the oil remains.

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Politics
9:52 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Lawmaker: Daylight Saving Time Forever

Spring forward, fall back
Credit www.colorbox.com

Imagine an extra hour of soccer practice. A longer day at the beach.  More sunshine to hustle tourists through Disney World.

That’s the goal of Sen. Darren Soto, a Democrat from Kissimmee. Soto filed his perennial bill Thursday to make Florida the only state to observe daylight saving time permanently.

“Can you imagine the marketing campaign of, ‘come down to Florida, now with an hour of more sunshine?’”

Soto’s failed to sell the idea before and he would be surprised if it passes this year. His goal is next year, after it gains steam.

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Law & Order
9:48 am
Fri January 23, 2015

After Recent High Profile Deaths, DCF Briefs Lawmakers On Strides Made

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll briefing members of the House Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee Thursday.

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:56 pm

The two high profile death incidents that occurred in recent months has already spurred a number of changes to Florida’s child welfare agency. That was part of an update two panels in the House and Senate received Thursday as part of a presentation looking at a new law overhauling the agency.

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Off The Base
9:19 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Lessons Learned as Director at Tampa's VA

After close to four years overseeing one of the busiest VA medical centers in the nation, Kathleen Fogarty is leaving for a less hectic post in Kansas City.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Tampa’s James A. Haley VA Medical Center will soon have a new director. Marjorie Hedstrom, the medical center director at the VA in Popular Bluff, Mo., will take over in just over a week.

The current director, Kathleen Fogarty, is leaving Haley by choice.

She’s taken the same position at a smaller, less hectic VA hospital in Kansas City. That’s after almost four years at one of the nation’s busiest veteran medical centers serving some 200,000 veterans living in the Tampa Bay region.

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Making Sense of the Media
7:05 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Making Sense of Charlie Hebdo

Credit npr.org

The terrorist attack on the Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo led people around the world to proclaim "Je Suis Charlie -- I am Charlie."

Twelve people died in the attack that was allegedly in retaliation for the publishing of cartoons that disrespected the religion of Islam.

But American journalists have struggled with publishing some Charlie Hebdo cartoons because they really are offensive to a wide range of people and groups.

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Law & Order
6:48 am
Fri January 23, 2015

North Miami Beach Community: Police Apology Not Enough

This bullet-riddled target sheet with mugshots of black men was found at Medley gun range.

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 7:59 am

About a week after news broke that North Miami Beach police officers were using mugshots of black men for target practice, the city’s police chief J. Scott Dennis met quietly with a group of black residents to apologize in an emergency meeting.

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Politics
1:35 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Fl Cabinet May Seek Investigation Into FDLE Leader's Exit

Ousted FDLE head Gerald Bailey

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Thursday they're open to discussing at the next Cabinet meeting the need for an investigation into the departure of Florida's top law-enforcement official.

Putnam also suggested that the Feb. 5 meeting, usually held in Tampa as part of the opening of the Florida State Fair, should be held in the Capitol.

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Environment
5:20 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Below-Average Year for Wading Bird Nesting

Credit AP Photo

Nesting declines for some species of wading birds shows the long-term damage suffered by Florida's Everglades, and targets set for higher numbers of nests may become unattainable if conditions in the unique wetlands do not improve soon, state officials said.

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Health News Florida
12:14 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Heroin ODs Spike After Pill Mill Crackdown

Kelly Steele, Orange County Drug Court

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 12:27 pm

Bill Gettle has been on the brink of death from a heroin overdose more than once.

Three years ago he overdosed and had to be revived with a reversal drug called Narcan.

“I didn’t really care,” Gettle said. “I was using amounts I knew I’d seen other people die from. In my early 20s, I lost more than one friend to overdose.”

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Health News Florida
12:14 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Shot Can Rescue Opiod Overdose Victims

University of Washington Health

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:07 pm

For more than 40 years, there’s been a drug that can stop a heroin overdose in its tracks, if someone gives the drug in time. 

 

And it turns out that the same drug works for patients who overdose on prescription painkillers such as morphine or OxyContin --drugs called opiods because they mimic the action of opium.

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Health News Florida
9:20 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Nearly 1.3M Enroll in FL on HealthCare.gov

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 9:13 am

 The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president's health care law.

Florida leads the federal marketplace states, with 1,270,995 people enrolled. Texas has nearly 920,000.

The Health and Human Services Department says at least 400,000 people signed up last week. That brought total enrollment in the 37 states served by HealthCare.gov to more than 7.1 million.

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Health News Florida
8:37 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Prison Health Care Brings Back Old Worries

Credit Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

For more than 20 years, the state of Florida and lawyers representing prisoners wrangled over inmates' health care, resulting in nearly a decade of federal-court oversight of health services in the Department of Corrections.

Now, lawyers who represented prisoners in the mid-1970s say conditions may be worse today than they were when attorneys for Michael Costello, an inmate at Florida State Prison, convinced a federal judge that inadequate health care amounted to a violation of Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

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Politics
6:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Beer Distributors Say 64 Ounces Is Too Much For One

A handful of bills in the Florida Legislature aim to roll back bottle size restrictions for beer.

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:32 pm

Florida House and Senate subcommittees heard testimony Wednesday from stakeholders in the state’s beer industry.  After failing twice, a bill to legalize a popular refillable bottle is up for a third try.

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Law & Order
6:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Could Florida’s New DOC Head Be Backing Away From Certain Earlier Candid Remarks?

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 9:19 am

Prison privatization has been a contentious issue in Florida—even costing one Florida Department of Corrections’ Secretary his job. But, after the latest DOC head made some candid remarks on the topic, could she now be backtracking?

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University Beat
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Board of Governors Pauses USF Med School Plan

An architect's rendering of the proposed USF Morsani College of Medicine and USF Health Heart Institute in downtown Tampa.

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:50 pm

Even with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik voicing their support for the plan, the Florida Board of Governors put the University of South Florida's proposed downtown Morsani College of Medicine on hold for the moment.

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