Education
10:10 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Amendment Would Give Charter Schools A Share Of School Construction Money

Sen. Don Gaetz has filed an amendment which would force school districts to share local construction money with charter schools.

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:55 am

School districts would have to share local school construction and maintenance money with charter schools, according to an amendment filed by an influential state senator.

Sen. Don Gaetz, former Senate president, filed the amendment Tuesday. The amendment would require half of the money raised by an optional local property tax to be split between charter and traditional schools on a per-student basis.

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Politics
9:25 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Governor's Tax Cut Takes Another Step In The Senate

Sen. Dorothy Hukill (R-Port Orange)

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:50 pm

Gov. Rick Scott wants to cut over half a billion dollars in taxes in the coming fiscal year—much of that coming from a reduction in taxes on cell phone and cable bills.  The plan is moving forward in the Senate.

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News
6:55 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Poll Claims Seminoles' Gambling Compact Has Voter Support

Blackjack is one of the games the Seminole Tribe of Florida has exclusive rights to under the compact with the state.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is making an aggressive campaign for renewal of a gambling compact set to expire in July. The compact gives the tribe exclusive rights over games like blackjack.

Besides creating a television ad, the tribe also commissioned a poll which showed 61% of voters support the renewal of the compact.

Neil Newhouse, Partner and Co-Founder of Public Opinion Strategies, was one of the people in charge of conducting the poll. He discussed the poll's findings during a media conference call on Monday.

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Education
5:11 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Senate Higher Ed Panel Backs Guns on Campus

With lawmakers split along party lines, a Senate education committee Monday approved a controversial bill that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the campuses of state colleges and universities.

The Senate Higher Education Committee voted 6-3 to approve the bill (SB 176), which has drawn opposition from many university leaders but has the backing of the politically powerful National Rifle Association.

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Education
3:20 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Testing, School Choice, PE: A Town Hall Conversation About Florida Education

Rashon and Mr. Brown, two people featured in the documentary "180 Days: Hartsville."
Credit Clevis Harrison / PBS

This week, PBS is launching a new documentary series “180 Days."

One of the films focuses on Hartsville, South Carolina, a rural and poor district which has managed to become one of the highest rating school districts according to South Carolina’s ranking.

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Politics
11:39 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Spring Training Has Begun — For Baseball, And For Candidates

At this stage in the election cycle, just like in baseball's spring training, fans love to see a new phenom catch fire. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, sporting a Milwaukee Brewers jersey in 2013, seems to be the rookie to watch in the 2016 presidential race so far.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 12:21 pm

Baseball fans endure the long winter in part because they know, come March, the game will again come alive. They can't wait for their radio, TV, computer screen or smartphone to come alive with scenes from warm climates featuring men in crisp uniforms pitching and catching.

Major League Baseball's spring training is underway, but at this stage, wins and losses aren't really important. It's all about fundamentals: getting ready for the regular season and hopefully the playoffs.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Stay for Awhile

Marie Izzo and Lori Rosenthal stepped into the Storycorps booth last year.
StoryCorps

Marie Izzo and Bruce Blackburn the third met in college but they led separate lives. In this installment of Storycorps, Izzo tells her friend Lori Rosenthal about how she and her husband reconnected in their 30s when he was seriously ill. Izzo tells us it took love and hard work to give her husband another 15 years of life.

Music:

“Stay Awhile” by She & Him from the album, Classics.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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Health News Florida
10:31 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Tax-Time Enrollment Extension Under Way

Extra enrollment time is under way on HealthCare.gov in Florida and the 36 other states that use the federal health insurance marketplace.
HealthCare.gov

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 11:46 am

Several million Americans hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance are getting a second chance to sign up, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured.

But as the enrollment window reopened on Sunday in Florida and the 36 other states that use the federal health insurance marketplace at HealthCare.gov, it’s unclear how many know about the time-limited opportunity, let alone will take advantage of it.

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University Beat
11:34 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Eckerd College Students Honored for Jonchuck Recovery; Seek Public Help

Members of the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team at work.
Eckerd College

When something bad happens on the waters near south Saint Petersburg - say a boat breaks down or someone jumps from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge - odds are pretty good that the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team (EC-SAR) will be the first ones on scene.

The St. Petersburg-based school has the only all-volunteer student marine search and rescue team anywhere in the country.

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Law & Order
11:30 am
Fri March 13, 2015

In Ferguson, The Shooting Of 2 Officers Stirs A Long-Simmering Anxiety

Demonstrators hold a prayer service near the Ferguson police station on Thursday. Prayers were said for both activists and the two police officers who had been shot earlier in the day.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:18 am

For members of the Ferguson, Mo., community, the shooting of two police officers Thursday morning has ratcheted up an anxiety that's already long been simmering. As a manhunt continues Friday, one need only visit the blocks around the Ferguson Police Department to get a sense of that tension.

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Health News Florida
7:52 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Telemedicine Gets A Bi-Partisan Boost In First House Hearing

Rep. Travis Cummings (R-Orange Park) and Rep. Mia Jones (D-Jacksonville) demonstrate bi-partisan support of a telemedicine bill.

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:42 pm

If you can’t get to the doctor, it could become easier for the doctor to come to you. That’s the point of telemedicine, which connects physicians to patients through video conferencing.  A compromise worked out with various hospitals, and physician organizations has cleared the way for a telemedicine proposal to get through the legislature.

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NPR Story
6:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Florida Democratic Caucus Meets In Capital

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:00 pm

Members of the democratic caucus met Thursday in two back-to-back conferences, one on pensions and the other on environmental policy.

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Law & Order
6:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Red Light Camera Measure Moves Forward In The House

House plans for red light cameras would prohibit using them for right on red violations.

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:52 pm

A House measure placing greater restrictions on the use of red light cameras passed its first committee this week.  While it differs from a similar proposal in the Senate, the arguments against it sound about the same.

Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St.Petersburg) is shepherding a bill through the Senate that calls for new requirements on red light cameras.  Namely, jurisdictions that employ cameras would need to submit annual reports and show they’ve already tried alternative safety measures before setting up any new ones. 

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Law & Order
9:33 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Department Of Corrections Workers Share Their View From The Inside

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 12:00 pm

Florida prisons are getting a shake down after reports of corruption and prisoner abuse. Now Senators are asking those with an inside view to help give them a better understanding of what’s happening in Florida’s prisons.

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Health News Florida
9:29 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

House Bill Requiring a Wait Period Before Abortions Clears First Panel

Rep. Jennifer Sullivan (R-Mount Dora)

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:27 pm

A woman would have to wait 24-hours before having an abortion under a proposal approved by a House Health panel Thursday. Such bills  have become a fixture in the Florida legislature.

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