Yoselis Ramos

Assistant Reporter

Yoselis Ramos has been with WUSF since Fall 2010. She's reported on various Tampa Bay stories ranging from transportation issues such as bicycle safety, to keeping up with public forums and city/county official meetings, to the exciting things happening right in your neighborhood.

She's currently a 2014 candidate for a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in secondary education.

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Education
3:26 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Gov. Scott Proposes $10,000 Degree Challenge

Governor Rick Scott is challenging state colleges (or community colleges) to offer students a $10,000 bachelor's degree.

Scott wants higher education to be more affordable and for graduates to able to find a job.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Scott made his announcement this morning at the St. Petersburg College in Clearwater. SPC is the first of 28 state colleges to take on the challenge.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Bill Draft Underway to Reform Early Voting in Florida

State Representative Darryl Rouson announces legislation to reform state election statutes.

After Florida took four days to count all of its election ballots, officials are scrambling to change voting procedures.

State Representative Darryl Rouson from St. Petersburg announced legislation today that would reform election statutes in Florida.

"It's a shame that the governor has said that we did the right thing. We did not do the right thing," said Rouson,  "we need to go back to pre-2011, pre-house bill 1355, and create the opportunities for people to exercise the most basic democratic right."

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Politics
1:58 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Quinnipiac Poll: Presidential Race Tied in Florida

Latest Quinnipiac Poll essentially shows a tie in Florida between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

A new Quinnipiac Poll released today shows both presidential candidates are essentially in a head to head tie in Florida.

The newest Quinnipiac Poll shows President Barack Obama at 48 percent and Mitt Romney at 47 percent in the state of Florida.

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Education
2:51 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Harlem Globetrotters Present ABCs of Bullying to Elementary Students

Hammer Harrison presents the ABCs of Bullying to Pizzo Elementary School students.

The Harlem Globetrotters Bullying Prevention program came to Tampa's Pizzo Elementary School.

The ABCs of Bullying Prevention program is coordinated with the National Campaign to Stop Violence to help reduce bullying in schools.

Hammer Harrison of the Harlem Globetrotters showed off some of his ball handling skills while talking to students about taking Action, being Brave, and having Compassion.

Vice Principal Angela Fullwood says the students are able to see a variety of people expressing the same message about bullying.

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Environment
3:50 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

USF Student Group Wants Candidates to Talk About Climate Change

The Student Environmental Association at USF is teaming up with Power Vote, a group of young people advocating for alternative energy. They're holding a rally this afternoon before the last presidential debate.

Senior and environmental policy major at USF Shaza Hussein is a part of both groups and she says climate change is a "forefront" issue her generation is facing.  

"So we would not be advocates of dirty coal or fracking, or nuclear energy. We see those as low hanging fruit and not the ideal solutions to our climate future," she says.

Crime
2:28 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Thieves Steal Toilet Valves in Dunedin

There are three toilet valves missing in Dunedin Library's men's restroom.
Bay News 9

Florida is known for its strange news stories and the people that create them. Well, here's another one... Thieves in Dunedin are targeting public toilets. The toilet valves that is....

The men's restroom at Dunedin Library is missing three toilet valves.

Toilet thieves have also hit two other locations: Dunedin Historical Society and Museum and the Clearwater Public Library main branch.

Clearwater Public Library director Barbara Pickell says this is going to cost several hundred dollars to repair.

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Politics
2:11 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

USF Holds General Election Straw Poll

Volunteer and member of Pi Sigma Alpha (political honor society) Stacy Dolan (left) submits a poll form.

Many polls have gauged Floridians' opinions on the upcoming general election, but there's only one poll that gives insight into the youth vote. 

Political groups on the University of South Florida Tampa campus spearheaded by political science professor Susan MacManus sponsored a straw poll.

MacManus says one of the purposes of this straw poll is "to project the idea that the USF campus is not disinterested in politics in any stretch of the word."

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Education
3:16 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Tell Me More: Florida Student Says School Didn't Prepare Her for College

NPR's show Tell Me More opened up a conversation this morning about education reform. It was heard here on WUSF and it included two people at the very core of the issue.... students.

One of those students is Shakira Locket, student at Miami Dade College.

Locket graduated from Coral Gables Senior High school but once she reached college, she realized she wasn't prepared.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

New Latino Voters Registered in I-4 Corridor

After a federal judge struck down in August a law that placed restrictions on third party organizations to register voters, a group of organizations came together to register 50,000 voters across the state since the decision.

More than half came from the I-4 corridor.

Mi Familia Vota is a national nonprofit organization that aims for civic participation in the Latino community. Spokeswoman Yulissa Arce says they achieved their goal registering thirty thousand new voters in Tampa, Orlando, and Kissimmee.

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Education
5:02 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

People in Florida Getting More Certificates than Bachelor's Degrees

Florida College Access Network released a report today that says for the first time, Florida awarded more post secondary certificates than bachelor's degrees last school year.

A post secondary certificate is the credential from non-credit programs offered at below the bachelors level.

And we might be undermining their potential.

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Education
4:29 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

USF Board of Trustees Approves Unique Partnership

The University of South Florida Board of Trustees voted unanimously today in favor of the new partnership between USF and Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

The unique affiliation between the University of South Florida and Lakeland Regional Medical Center creates a non-profit corporation-- USF Health System Inc.

Lakeland Regional is one of Florida's busiest hospitals and it would be a major teaching hospital for USF.

Trustee member Steve Mitchell says this is a great partnership.

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Education
4:56 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

USF Gets Grants and Awards But Still Doesn't Loosen the Wallet

USF system President Judy Genshaft gave her Fall Address today.
University of South Florida

University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft gave her fall address today, and she described a university that's bringing more money in through grants and research, but having to tighten its belt anyway.

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Politics
5:58 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Ballots this Election Year are BIG

If you're planning to vote in this November's election, brace yourselves. The ballots in Florida this year are HUGE.

The one in Hillsborough County is 6 pages long.

"I think this is the first time that I know of that the ballot was this size. Now, we've had obviously two sheets before but never one that's three sheets, six pages that are 17 inches long," says Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard.

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4:10 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Manatee County Habitat For Humanity President Speaks About Land Deal

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In this story, the president of Manatee County Habitat for Humanity talks about the land deal the organization struck involving Rep. Vern Buchanan’s brother, and the political firestorm that has ensued.
BRADENTON -- The billboard at Cortez Landings off 44th Avenue East has faded from the sun over the years. Except for 11 single-family homes surrounding a cul-de-sac on the left after the entrance, the five-acre property, platted for 51 homes and owned by Manatee County Habitat for Humanity since 2009, remains empty.
Politics
4:59 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

USF Middle East Expert Weighs in on Riots in Libya

Chair of the Department of Government and International Affairs at USF, Mohsen Milani.

A controversial movie about the prophet Muhammad is seen as the match that ignited the fire in Libya and elsewhere.

It is getting the blame for the slayings of four Americans in Libya, but a local expert says there is more to it than that.

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