Health News Florida
8:14 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Child-Welfare Groups Look to Trim Staff Turnover

Credit Florida's Children First

One of the worst problems facing Florida's troubled child-welfare system, advocates say, is job turnover among the case managers who oversee adoption and foster-care services --- 80 percent in some parts of the state.

It's costing Florida tens of millions of dollars a year, and those are just the costs that can be quantified.

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10:42 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Governor Stumps in Central Florida

Gov. Rick Scott spoke Monday at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Amy Green / WMFE

Governor Rick Scott is promising a billion dollar tax cut over the next two years.

Scott campaigned for re-election Monday in Winter Park and Kissimmee.

In Winter Park, the governor was relaxed and surrounded by an energized crowd of supporters that included incoming state Senate President Andy Gardiner of Central Florida.

Talking to reporters afterward, the governor explained his rationale for the billion-dollar tax cut.

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10:23 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Donna Shalala Will Step Down As University of Miami President

Donna Shalala is stepping down as president of the University of Miami next year.

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 6:14 pm

University of Miami president Donna Shalala says she’s stepping down next year from the job she’s held since 2001.

Shalala came to the university after leading the federal health agency for eight years and serving as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 She helped build the national stature of the school's medical school and hospital and increased research budgets.

Frank Nero, former head of the Beacon Council, says even big businessmen were impressed by Shalala


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6:15 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Q&A With Cato Institute's Randal O'Toole on No Tax for Tracks

Randal O'Toole

Both sides on November's referendum to replace property taxes with a sales tax hike in Pinellas County are gearing up their campaigns. The opposition has brought in a big-name consultant, who will take part in a debate Tuesday night in St. Petersburg. WUSF's Steve Newborn spoke to Randal O'Toole about why he rails against light rail.

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NPR Story
5:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Children Fingerprinted, Lifesavers Celebrated At Florida Missing Children's Day

FDLE agents fingerprint a Tallahassee elementary school student at the Florida Capitol.

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 3:47 pm

This morning, Florida officials recognized the 16th annual Missing Children’s Day at the state Capitol. Last year, Florida law enforcement officers received more than 35,000 missing-child reports.

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University Beat
4:43 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

What Happened to USF's Drones?

A demonstration of one of two aerial drones the USF Library would like to lend to students - once issues with the federal government are ironed out.
Credit USF Oracle/ Courtesy Eileen Thornton, USF Library

Earlier this year, the University of South Florida Library bought two remote-controlled aerial drones for $1,500 apiece, with plans to lend them to students working on class projects.

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University Beat
1:41 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Books Out, Digital In with USF Library Renovations

A student studies in the newly renovated Learning Commons on the second floor of the USF Library.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Two days before the fall semester recently started at the University of South Florida, William Garrison was walking through the main Library on the Tampa campus.

As the Dean of USF Libraries, Garrison was nervous about the $1.5 million renovation project that had been done over the summer. Then two students walked past him.

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1:30 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

An Unannounced Jeb Bush Still Leads the Field

Lead in text: 
Because Bush has a gubernatorial résumé, can appeal to Hispanic voters and has credibility with the GOP donor base, he remains one of the leading contenders, says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia and creator of “Sabato’s Crystal Ball.”
Even though former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has shown no true signs of jumping into the race for the White House in 2016, he's still leading the field, according to one of the best known political prognosticators.
Health News Florida
1:29 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

FL 'Navigator' Grants Total $6.8M

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:16 am

The University of South Florida has been awarded by far the largest grant in the state to hire "navigators" who help uninsured people sign up for health insurance coverage through the federal Marketplace, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.

Only two other Florida organizations won  navigator grants: the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, $871,275, and the Pinellas County Commission, $535,156. 

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1:25 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Citrus Disease Battle Unites Growers, Researchers, Entrepreneurs

Lead in text: 
The disease is called citrus greening and is carried by a tiny, invasive bug called the Asian citrus psyllid. The disease attacks a citrus tree’s ability to take in nutrients and retain fruit. “It’s the biggest challenge we face as an industry right now,” said Andrew Meadows, director of communications of Florida Citrus Mutual, which markets and lobbies for the state’s $9 billion citrus industry.
The current menace ravaging Florida's citrus industry has brought together growers, researchers and entrepreneurs in hopes of limiting its effects, if not eradicating it. The disease is called citrus greening and is carried by a tiny, invasive bug called the Asian citrus psyllid.
10:38 am
Mon September 8, 2014

As NASA Considers New Spacecraft, Ukraine Complicates Russian Relations

Boeing's CST-100 is one of the space crafts NASA is considering.
Credit Taisha Henry / WMFE

Escalating unrest in the Ukraine is adding urgency to NASA’s decision on the space craft that will replace the shuttle.

The space agency is expected to announce any day the space craft that will fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

Two candidates – Boeing’s CST-100 and Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser – rely on the Atlas V rocket to launch into space. But the rocket is powered by the Russian-built RD-180 engine.

Dale Ketcham of Space Florida says the Atlas V rocket is vital to American space flight.

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Health News Florida
8:39 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Cautious Optimism at Child Protection Summit

Interim DCF Secretary Mike Carroll
Credit Florida Department of Children & Families

New money, a new leader and a sweeping new law had Florida's child-welfare professionals and foster parents feeling cautiously optimistic at their annual gathering this week.

After nearly two years of turmoil, the 2,650 attendees at the Department of Children and Families' Child Protection Summit appeared ready to roll up their sleeves and get down to business.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Meet One of St. Petersburg's 'Courageous 12'

Leon Jackson and St. Petersburg Police Asst. Chief Luke Williams.
Credit StoryCorps

In the 1960’s, black police officers in St. Petersburg faced barriers when it came to promotion, what beats they could cover, even the ability to arrest certain people. Nearly 50 years ago, in 1965, twelve of those officers sued the city of St. Petersburg, hoping to end segregation within the police department. They came to be known as “The Courageous 12.”

On this week’s StoryCorps Tampa Bay, one of those men, Leon Jackson, speaks to St. Petersburg Assistant Chief of Police Luke Williams.

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10:39 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

First Latina Elected to Lead the Country’s Largest Union

Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Lily Eskelsen Garcia is the first Latina elected to lead the country’s largest union – the National Education Association.

Thursday was her fourth day on the job and she spent it in Miami-Dade County.

A 6 a.m. airplane tour of the Keys. Visits to two schools. A headliner role stumping for the Democratic candidate in the nation’s most-watched governor’s race.

All in a day’s work for Eskelsen Garcia, who says she will be an outspoken union leader.

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Health News Florida
10:29 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Regulators Put Pot Rule on Hold

Health regulators will almost certainly delay a rule that will eventually create the framework for the state's new medical marijuana industry after an outcry from a legislative panel saying the proposed regulation went too far.

At what was expected to be the Department of Health's final day-long hearing on the proposed rule Friday, Office of Compassionate Use Director Linda McMullen told a packed conference room that changes are likely.

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