Law & Order
5:28 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Tampa Hosting Gun Buyback Program

Credit Alex Borland, Wikipedia Commons

As a part of a summer initiative, the City of Tampa is hosting an anonymous gun buyback event next week aiming to curb gun violence. Any Hillsborough County resident can bring in their handguns, rifles and shotguns in exchange for $50 cash per weapon, no questions asked. 

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University Beat
5:21 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

FL Universities Could Receive $400M in Performance-Based Funds

In a video shown to the FL Board of Governors meeting in Tampa Thursday, USF student Marcos Gonzalez thanks the board and state legislators for performance-based funds.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

While University of South Florida officials wait to see if the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott sign off on the state budget and more than $29 million for two important projects, they're also waiting for approval of millions more in performance-based rewards.

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Making Sense of the Media
1:21 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Making Sense of Being Wrong

Bernie Sanders and Diane Rehm

Recently, talk show host Diane Rehm apologized to Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for incorrectly stating he has dual citizenship with Israel. Her misinformation came from a Facebook post. 

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University Beat
9:58 am
Thu June 18, 2015

USF Again Ranks High in U.S. Patents

Credit U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The University of South Florida sits among such intellectual titans as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology on the top ten list of U.S. patents issued to American universities in 2014.

USF's 104 patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ranked 10th nationally and 13th among all public and private universities worldwide. It's the fifth year in a row USF has placed in the top 15 worldwide.

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Health News Florida
7:10 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Sex Doesn’t Get Safer With Age

Kate GeMeiner, The Condom Lady
Lisann Ramos Health News Florida

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 9:08 am

If you're talking about older people and sex, you have to talk to Kate GeMeiner.

"I'm also known as Doctor Truth, the Condom Lady," the 85-year-old says.

GeMeiner lives in Broward County, and spends a lot of her time at senior centers, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

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Health News Florida
7:10 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Florida Faces A Rising Tide Of HIV Infection

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:37 pm

Everyone thinks HIV happens to someone else.

It only infects men who are having sex with men, they say. Or HIV drug users.

And while that still accounts for about half of all people infected, those who are being diagnosed with this serious sexually transmitted disease don’t fall into simple categories. They’re young and old, straight, gay and transgender, of every race.

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News
1:38 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Boy Who Lost Stuffed Tiger At Airport Finds Tiger Stayed Very Busy

Hobbes the tiger surveys the scene at Tampa International Airport, where he was briefly stranded.
Tampa International Airport

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 1:57 pm

If a boy named Owen suspects his stuffed tiger named Hobbes has a secret life, the staff of Tampa International Airport won't disagree. Owen recently lost Hobbes at the airport — and when he reclaimed the tiger, he also received photos of Hobbes touring the facility.

Owen, 6, had flown from Florida to Texas. His mother, Amanda Lake, says that for much of the trip, Owen was preoccupied with whether his tiger was OK.

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News
12:14 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Scott Scraps 'LIP' Injunction Bid

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 10:09 am

Pointing to a budget agreement reached by lawmakers, Gov. Rick Scott's attorneys late Tuesday withdrew a request for a preliminary injunction in a legal battle with the Obama administration about health-care funding, according to a notice filed in federal court in Pensacola.

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PolitiFact Florida
10:51 am
Wed June 17, 2015

PolitiFact Florida Checks out Jeb Bush's Tax Cuts, Voter Purge

It's been just a couple of days since Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for president - and already his time in Tallahassee is getting a lot of scrutiny. Did he cut $19 billion dollars in taxes? And what about those purges of voter lists? WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about this with PolitiFact Florida's Amy Hollyfield.

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Health News Florida
9:35 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Hospital Execs Face Scott Commission

Jim Burkhart, CEO of Tampa General Hospital

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 9:12 am

Gov. Rick Scott's Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding's "Spotlight Transparency Tour" kicked off Wednesday morning, placing Tampa Bay area executives on the hot seat.

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Health News Florida
9:34 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Court Decision Holds Fate Of 1.3M Floridians

Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA.

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:31 pm

The Supreme Court, in King v. Burwell, will soon decide whether more than a million Floridians will lose subsidies they rely on to buy insurance on HealthCare.gov.  

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Culture
5:02 am
Wed June 17, 2015

New Exhibit Takes Museum-Goers Back...Yard

Lakewood Plaza, outdoor living space. Long Beach, Calif., 1950s. Maynard L. Parker, photographer. Courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.
Credit The Huntington Library

The 1950's marked the birth of Levittown, TV dinners, and kitchen automation--not to mention about 3.8 million babies per year. Another innovation that gained popularity in this decade was the backyard as we know it.

I toured the newest exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center, "Patios, Pools and the Invention of the Backyard." It features six displays that bring viewers to the back lawn of the 1950’s through pictures, drawings and ads. 

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Health News Florida
6:35 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Report: U.S. Supreme Court Decision In King V. Burwell Could Cost 1.3M Floridians Health Subsidies

Infographic via Kaiser Health News/Kaiser Family Foundation shows what type of insurance exchange is used by each state.

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 10:30 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans in 34 states, are legal. And if the high court says they aren’t, 1.3 million Floridians could lose their health insurance, or end up paying far more for it.

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Florida Matters
2:14 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Florida Matters: Preparing For A Hurricane

Credit NOAA.gov

  

The Atlantic hurricane outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2015 will be a below-normal season, with six to 11 named storms. Of those storms, three to six could become hurricanes. But experts with NOAA warn that a below-normal season doesn't mean we're off the hook.

Florida has experienced below-normal seasons that have brought catastrophic impacts to communities -- including Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and Hurricane Charley in 2004.

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 21 at 7:30 a.m. on WUSF 89.7 FM) we're taking a look at how you can prepare if any storms do come our way.

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Politics
11:55 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Donald Trump Is In, Promises To 'Make America Great Again'

Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump formally announces his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York.
Brendan McDermid Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 1:55 pm

Saying that the United States can no longer beat its international competition, Donald Trump announced his candidacy to be the country's next president.

"Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now," Trump said. He said that rather than being a cheerleader for America, President Obama has been "a negative force."

We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again," Trump said. At one point, he also said the country needs a leader who has written The Art of the Deal — his 1987 book.

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