Health News Florida
9:43 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Scott Stops Shy of Promising Medicaid Veto

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 9:42 am

 Florida Gov. Rick Scott stopped shy of saying he would veto an expansion to Medicaid. Speaking to reporters in Orlando Tuesday, Scott said the federal government can’t be trusted to pay for Medicaid.

But when pressed, he stopped short of saying he would veto an expansion to the health insurance program for the poor.

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University Beat
3:08 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Bill Nye Draws Huge Crowd, USF Draws Student Criticism

The line of USF students early Tuesday afternoon waiting for Bill Nye the Science Guy's lecture already stretched down a Marshall Student Center stairwell.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

For the 1,100 people who got into the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center Ballroom to see Bill Nye the Science Guy in person Tuesday night, the hours spent waiting in line were worth it.

However, for some of the 600 other students who had to watch a simulcast of the lecture in the nearby Oval Theater - or those who walked away in disgust before Nye began speaking - the whole experience was like an experiment gone wrong.

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The Two-Way
2:26 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Connecticut Wins 3rd Straight Women's Basketball Title, 5th In 7 Years

Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen shoots against Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart as Connecticut guard Moriah Jefferson looks on April 7 during the first half of the NCAA women's college basketball championship game in Tampa, Fla.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:32 pm

It's the kind of long-term dominance only the New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens or John Wooden's UCLA teams could rival: Since 1995, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team has basically had coin-flip odds of winning a women's basketball championship.

The Huskies took home their tenth trophy in that span on Tuesday night, beating Notre Dame 63-53 in a rematch of the 2014 title game, which UConn won 79-58.

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Technology
10:26 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Airbnb Anticipates Tourism Boost With Launch In Cuba

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 6:13 am

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Ted Henken, professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College, CUNY, about Airbnb's entry into Cuba. Henken sees it as a brilliant move by the company, one that benefits both the U.S. and Cuba.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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University Beat
5:35 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Student Group Inspired by Jane Goodall Needs 'Green Thumbs'

Students in the USF Roots & Shoots program (top row), including Karena Nguyen (2nd from left), help Pizzo Elementary students with their science projects.
Credit USF Roots & Shoots

A new USF student organization, inspired by legendary anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, is trying to introduce local elementary school students to science - and they could use your help.

The "Roots and Shoots" program was created by Goodall and a dozen students in Tanzania in 1991. Since then, the organization, which takes on environmental issues, has grown to more than 150-thousand members worldwide.

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University Beat
4:47 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

USF Students Line Up for Bill Nye

The first of at least 200 students in line for Bill Nye the Science Guy's speech at USF Tuesday night.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

When Kayla McCarthy and Robert Busic arrived at 11 p.m. Monday to line up to see Bill Nye speak tonight at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, they found they were the first ones there.

"It paid off," McCarthy, a senior cellular molecular biology major, said this afternoon as they sat outside the ballroom where "The Science Guy" is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. 

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The Two-Way
1:14 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Fate Of Accused Boston Marathon Bomber In The Hands Of Jury

In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Judy Clarke is depicted addressing the jury as defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sits during closing arguments in his federal death penalty trial on Monday.
Jane Flavell Collins AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 4:02 pm

The fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in the hands of the jury that is deciding whether to convict the 21-year-old who has admitted to being the Boston Marathon bomber.

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Culture
11:11 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Tynes Sues Bucs, Says MRSA Infection Ended His Career

Amanda Tynes posted this picture of her husband, former Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes, in August 2013 during the early part of his recovery from a MRSA infection.
Credit Amanda Tynes

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes is suing the team, claiming unsanitary conditions at Bucs' facilities led to a MRSA infection that he says ended his career.

In a lawsuit filed in Broward County Circuit Court Monday, Tynes claimed the team "failed to disclose and actively concealed ongoing incidents of infection" among other people at the facility.

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Environment
11:44 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Environmentalists Evaluate the Gulf Five Years After the Spill

Five years on...
Credit Photo courtesy csb.gov

It's been nearly five years since the explosion and oil spill on the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon. On Monday, a diverse group of environmentalists got together to talk about the lingering environmental effects.

Leaders from the Florida Wildlife Federation held a news conference at the Florida Aquarium to propose using potential BP settlement money for Gulf restoration projects. The speakers represented local fishermen, coastal residents and environmental experts from around the area.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Gov. Scott Remains Unpopular Among Floridians

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 4:44 pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t win many popularity polls, but he still wins on Election Day. A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows Floridians still don’t like their governor.

Pollsters from Quinnipiac University asked Floridians how they felt about their state’s top executive. The result is a resounding thumbs down for Republican Gov.  Scott. But Assistant Director of Quinnipiac Peter Brown says Scott shows he can win when he needs to.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Florida Lawmaker Seeks To Extend Gambling Contract For Another Year

Sen. Bradley wants to renew a gambling contract with the state and Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 5:25 pm

Let the games continue!

Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming) is pushing for a year extension of an agreement between the Seminole Tribe of Florida  and Florida that gives the Tribe exclusive rights for some games.  

The Seminole Tribe  wants to renew an exclusive gambling contract with the state. The Florida Senate is preparing a plan to extend part of the agreement with the Tribe to allow games such as blackjack at six tribe-owned casinos for another year.

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Environment
5:35 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

NASA Battles Rising Sea Levels To Protect Kennedy Space Center

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:48 pm

Sea level rise is beginning to affect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A protective dune not too far from the launchpads has collapsed and waves have washed over railroad tracks built in the 1960s. Now NASA is taking steps to protect its launch infrastructure.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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The Two-Way
4:36 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Opening Day: Baseball Season Starts In Earnest

The Minnesota Twins warm up before their Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit Monday.
Leon Halip Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 12:40 pm

In 204 days, two teams will face off in the World Series. Until then, fans can dream about their team winning it all, as Major League Baseball's regular season gets going. St. Louis and Chicago played the first game Sunday night; the Cubs lost, 3-0.

Along with that loss, Chicago's fans also endured restroom wait times of up to 30 minutes. Blaming the problem on at least two bathrooms being closed, the club has apologized, Chicago news TV WGN says.

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3:30 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Remembering Warren Elly: A Colleague, Mentor, and Friend

When cancer intruded into Warren Elly's life, he challenged himself, writing a daily web blog for all to see. In typical Warren Elly gusto, he wrote, "I'm not resigned to anything except the fight. With each tick of the clock, I am more determined to fight." And fight he did -- all the way to the end.
The FOX 13 family is grieving the loss of retired journalist Warren Elly, our ace reporter here for nearly three decades. Warren died this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 64. Warren came to Channel 13 in 1982 from Youngstown, Ohio. He cut his Bay Area reporting teeth in St.
Health News Florida
12:29 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Scott Reverses Course, Opposes Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Rick Scott

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 12:27 pm

Gov. Rick Scott reversed course Monday, saying he no longer supports Medicaid expansion as talks break down between Florida and its request for the federal government to extend funds to hospitals that serve low-income patients.

Scott wants the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to give Florida about $1 billion in hospital funds, but the feds have been denying that request for about a year, standing firm that the funds will end June 30.

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