WUSF News http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu en Depression Two dissipates, Remnant Wave Moving West http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/depression-two-dissipates-remnant-wave-moving-west <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit WUFT" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wgcu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201407/TropicalOutlook-WGCU-72314.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wgcu/audio/2014/07/DailyTropicalUpdate_web_7.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Hurricane Center issued its final advisory on Tropical Depression Two midday Wednesday, stating that there was no longer a closed circulation and that dry air had caused it to weaken. The remnants of this system, now nothing more than a tropical wave with showers and breezy conditions, will approach the Lesser Antilles tomorrow and could eventually drift toward Florida some time next week. At this time, however, no new tropical storm formation is expected anywhere in the Atlantic Basin over the next five days.</span><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:52:36 +0000 Jeff HuffmanFlorida Public Radio 5201 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Depression Two dissipates, Remnant Wave Moving West Why Doesn't The Sunshine State Use More Solar Energy? http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/why-doesnt-sunshine-state-use-more-solar-energy <title></title><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wlrn/audio/2014/07/FLSolarEnergy-SD-Duba_mixdown_web.mp3" class="asset-audio">Click here to listen to the radio version of this story.</a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="A solar panel installation at FPL&#039;s Martin County Next Generation hybrid natural gas and solar energy plant." data-attribution="Credit Julia Duba" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wlrn/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/photo_%284%29.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: p Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:50:42 +0000 Julia Duba 5200 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Why Doesn't The Sunshine State Use More Solar Energy? Same-Sex Couples Still Will Not Marry In The Keys http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/same-sex-couples-still-will-not-marry-keys <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones." data-attribution="Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wlrn/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/plaintiffs_flag.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wedding bells are not ringing yet for same-sex couples in Monroe County.</span><p>Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones had hoped to apply for a marriage license on Tuesday after<a href="http://wlrn.org/post/despite-key- Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:49:50 +0000 Maria Murriel 5198 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Same-Sex Couples Still Will Not Marry In The Keys Poll: Governor's Race Gets Closer Amid Attacks http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/poll-governors-race-gets-closer-amid-attacks <p>With the campaign dominated by a barrage of back-and-forth attacks, Democrat Charlie Crist's lead over Republican incumbent Rick Scott has narrowed in the race for Florida governor, a new poll shows.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:16:26 +0000 The News Service of Florida 5197 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Poll: Governor's Race Gets Closer Amid Attacks TB History Center Showcases Florida Highwaymen Art http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/tb-history-center-showcases-florida-highwaymen-art <p>Back in the 1950s and '60s, a group of African-Americans, known as the Highwaymen, sold Florida landscape paintings to locals and tourists on the side of the road. The paintings were sold for only a few bucks at the time but after the '90s, their value soared. The <a href="http://tampabayhistorycenter.org/">Tampa Bay History Center</a> is showcasing these prized paintings.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:19:52 +0000 Yoselis Ramos 5196 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu TB History Center Showcases Florida Highwaymen Art What Passengers Say About the Future of Cruises at Port Tampa Bay http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/what-passengers-say-about-future-cruises-port-tampa-bay <p>Early Sunday morning, before the 2,000 passengers from cruise ship disembark, a line of taxi cabs forms outside Port of Tampa Bay Terminal #2 just beyond idling tour buses.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s where cab driver John Bailey stood waiting for fares.&nbsp; He’s fully aware of the cruise ship debate and the options explored in a recent study.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:09:42 +0000 Bobbie O'Brien 5195 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu What Passengers Say About the Future of Cruises at Port Tampa Bay FSU Addresses Campus Safety Amid Federal Probe http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/fsu-addresses-campus-safety-amid-federal-probe <p>Florida State University is hiring a Title IX director and two sexual violence prevention coordinators before the fall term starts in five weeks.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Interim President Garnett Stokes tells the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="http://on.tdo.com/WAMdCU">Tallahassee Democrat</a></strong></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;that the university is not waiting for a federal investigation to conclude before addressing campus safety and sexual assaults.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:51:47 +0000 Associated Press 5194 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu FSU Addresses Campus Safety Amid Federal Probe Fact-Checking the Battle of Gubernatorial Campaign Ads http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/fact-checking-battle-gubernatorial-campaign-ads <p>It's the battle of the TV ads -- literally -- in the race for Florida governor.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:18:59 +0000 Craig Kopp 5184 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Fact-Checking the Battle of Gubernatorial Campaign Ads Trauma Industry Fight Nears End http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/trauma-industry-fight-nears-end <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida's trauma drama could be almost finished.</span></p><p>With an appeal deadline passing Monday, the Florida Department of Health and hospitals owned by HCA Health Care chain appear to have prevailed after a three-year legal and political battle about approving new trauma centers.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:35:00 +0000 JIM SAUNDERS OF THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA 5191 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Trauma Industry Fight Nears End FL Nursing Forecast: 50,000 Short http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/fl-nursing-forecast-50000-short <p></p><p>Based on current trends, Florida will be short by more than 50,000 registered nurses by the year 2025, a nursing expert warned a committee of the State University System's Board of Governors on Monday.&nbsp;</p><p>While the number of nurse training programs in the state has doubled in the past four years, most of the students are emerging as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses with just a two-year or associate's degree from college.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:39:58 +0000 Tessa Wiseman and Carol Gentry 5188 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu FL Nursing Forecast: 50,000 Short Court: Agency Wrong in Money Distribution http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/court-agency-wrong-money-distribution <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An appeals court Monday found that the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities did not properly carry out a law that created a new system of funding services for people with developmental disabilities.</span></p><p>The case, brought on behalf of four people with disabilities, focused on a system known as "iBudgets." Lawmakers in 2010 approved moving to iBudgets, but Monday's decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal said rules proposed by the agency to carry out the law "directly conflict with and contravene the Legislature's clear language."</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:13:08 +0000 News Service of Florida 5190 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Court: Agency Wrong in Money Distribution State Power Companies Ask to Scale Back on Energy Efficiency Goals http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/state-power-companies-ask-scale-back-energy-efficiency-goals <p>Florida's biggest electric providers are asking state regulators this week to let them scale back energy-efficiency programs --- such as rebates for installing solar panels and power-saving appliances --- that they say have become expensive and benefit few customers.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:02:27 +0000 The News Service of Florida 5189 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu State Power Companies Ask to Scale Back on Energy Efficiency Goals FL Department of Health Asks About Diseases from Border Kids http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/fl-department-health-asks-about-diseases-border-kids Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration expressed concern in a letter Friday about reports that the federal government planned to send unaccompanied immigrant children from the Southwest border to Miami over the weekend, seeming to be unaware that it is a regular practice and asking for any health information the government had about the minors. The letter seemed unusual to immigration attorneys who say the practice has been going on for years.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Dr. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:13:37 +0000 editor 5187 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu FL Department of Health Asks About Diseases from Border Kids FL Blue Signals Rate Hikes Ahead http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/fl-blue-signals-rate-hikes-ahead <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty" data-attribution="Credit Kaiser Health News" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/healthnewsfl/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/Geraghty_176.jpg" alt="" /><p>Florida Blue, the state’s dominant health insurer, snagged more than one in three consumers on the health law’s exchange this year, but many could face rate hikes as the carrier struggles with an influx of older and sicker enrollees, said the company’s top executive.<p>Several factors could drive up rates next year Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:01:18 +0000 editor 5186 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu FL Blue Signals Rate Hikes Ahead StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Two Siblings, Two Schools, Two Stories http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/storycorps-tampa-bay-two-siblings-two-schools-two-stories <p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Mark Schreiner & Eric Mennel 5177 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Two Siblings, Two Schools, Two Stories