Politics
10:39 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Florida Cabinet Settles On Performance Measures For Agency Heads

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:41 pm

The Florida Cabinet discussed performance metrics Tuesday for reviewing the work of agency heads.  The protracted venture stretches back to the bungled ouster of former state law enforcement chief Gerald Bailey.

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Health News Florida
9:00 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Scott Forms Commission to Investigate Hospitals

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 4:04 pm

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order today creating a commission to investigate hospitals.

There’s no immediate word on when it will meet or who will lead it, but it will likely coincide with a legislative special session to deal with Florida’s budget.

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Health News Florida
8:40 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Mental Health Overhaul Falls Victim To Early Session End

Miami-Dade County has the highest percentage of people with serious mental illnesses of any urban community in the United States, according to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project.

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:07 am

A major overhaul of the state’s mental health system died when the Florida Legislature adjourned early.

Both chambers seemed ready to revamp the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services. The bill’s main focus was changing the way those services are administered in order to better coordinate care among agencies.

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Florida Matters
4:08 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Florida Matters: Sunshine Skyway Bridge Disaster 35 Years Later

It was Friday, May 9, 1980 at 7:33 a.m. when the freighter Summit Venture rammed into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during a severe storm.  The roadway above crashed into the waters of Tampa Bay. Though the blinding rain, drivers in the southbound lanes were unable to see the missing roadway ahead.  Six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound Bus plunged into the waters below, and 35 people were killed.

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News
1:09 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Scott to Negotiate FL Hospital Funds in D.C.

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 12:58 pm

Gov. Rick Scott is heading to Washington to try to convince the Obama administration to release federal funds for hospitals that treat low-income and Medicaid patients.

The Republican governor wants an extension on the more than $1 billion funds that expire next month. But the federal government wants states to expand Medicaid, arguing it's more efficient to give people money to help buy health insurance than to pay hospitals for caring for the uninsured retroactively.

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University Beat
10:30 am
Tue May 5, 2015

UF Opens Food Pantry for Needy Students & Staff

The University of Florida is opening a food pantry for needy students and staff.

The pantry is scheduled to open when Summer B classes begin June 29.

The Gainesville Sun reports the Dean of Students office will run the pantry, which is a university-wide collaboration.

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Health News Florida
9:09 am
Tue May 5, 2015

State Rebuffed In Children's Medicaid Fight

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 8:45 am

A federal judge last week rejected the state's latest attempt to end a decade-long lawsuit that contends Florida has not properly provided care to children in the Medicaid program.

Attorneys for the state pointed to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in an Idaho case to argue that Judge Adalberto Jordan should dismiss claims that Florida has failed to adequately provide care such as check-ups and screenings to low-income children.

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Politics
7:09 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Seminole Tribe Of Florida Pleas For Renewal Of Card Game Agreement

The Seminole Tribe of Florida wants the state to extend a portion of its gambling compact that expires this summer. It allows banked card games like baccarat exclusively at five Seminole casinos and generates more than a $100 million a year for the state.

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:44 am

The Seminole Tribe of Florida wants to keep its exclusive rights to blackjack and other banked card games, but the Legislature's abrupt adjournment this year might have dealt the tribe a bad hand. 

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Law & Order
6:34 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Body Cameras Bill Sponsor Intends To Bring Dead Bill Back Next Year

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:22 pm

While one body cameras-related bill was sent to the Governor, another died amid the budget impasse between the House and Senate. But, the bill’s main sponsor says he’ll be back again next year.

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Politics
6:19 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Scott Appoints 16 Without Confirmation

Gov. Rick Scott fired back at a fellow Republican, Senate President Andy Gardiner, appointing 16 top agency heads who weren't confirmed. Gardiner threatened not to pass Scott's tax cuts.

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 5:25 pm

Not all of the political warfare in the Capitol is between the House and Senate. Gov. Rick Scott fired a shot over the bow of Senate President Andy Gardiner today, reappointing 16 agency heads who weren’t confirmed.

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Law & Order
6:09 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Sheriffs From Across Florida Honor The Fallen

Washington County Sheriff Bobby Hancock leading the invocation.

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 5:56 pm

Florida sheriffs gathered in Tallahassee Monday to honor those who lost their lives last year in the line of duty.  The Florida Sheriff’s association memorialized three deputies including Leon County’s Chris Smith.

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News
6:47 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Man Falls Off Skyway Bridge While Changing Tire

Credit AP

  The Florida Highway Patrol says a man is recovering from minor injuries after he got out of a vehicle following a crash, stumbled backward and fell some 30 feet off an approach to the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

Troopers say 43-year-old Reginald D. White of Bradenton stopped on Interstate 275 after a tire blew out on his SUV on Sunday night. As he changed the tire, White lost his balance and fell backward, over a barrier wall and into the water below.

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Business
5:43 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Over 500 Local Non-Profits To Fundraise

A promotional flyer for Give Day Tampa Bay 2015.
Credit Photo Courtesy of Humane Society of the Nature Coast, Inc.

  Tuesday is the second annual "Give Day Tampa Bay."

The event is a 24-hour online fundraiser that starts at midnight and lasts until midnight on Tuesday. Last year, 385 non-profit organizations participated and the event raised over $1 million. This year, 550 non-profits are participating and organizers are hoping to exceed the amount raised last year.

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News
2:49 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Retired Doc Ben Carson Running for President

Ben Carson speaking in Iowa in January.

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 1:25 pm

Retired surgeon West Palm Beach resident Ben Carson declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday, resting his longshot bid on his vision of the nation as "a place of dreams" where people can thrive when freed from an overbearing government.

Carson, the only African-American in the race, spoke in front of hundreds of people at Detroit Music Hall, a few miles from a high school that bears his name. A choir singing the chorus from Eminem's "Lose Yourself" set the stage.

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News
2:11 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

FL Lawmakers Push Bills Tied To Their Private Jobs

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:45 am

During the recently-concluded legislative session, Senate President Andy Gardiner constantly warned about the threat to the state's hospitals if they were to lose more than $1 billion that now comes from the federal government.

There's a good reason Gardiner understands hospitals: he works for one.

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