WUSF News http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu en 4th Anniversary of BP Oil Spill Marked in St. Petersburg http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/4th-anniversary-bp-oil-spill-marked-st-petersburg <p>Sunday marks the 4th anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Even though most of the visible oil is gone, the effects of chemical dispersants that sank much of the oil to the Gulf's bottom linger on. Today, a group of scientists and environmental activists marked the occasion with a call for more action to protect the Gulf.</p><p>The wind- and wave-whipped St. Petersburg waterfront formed the backdrop for what amounted to a plea for more research into how marine life in the Gulf has been affected by the spill - and how to prevent it from happening again.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:37:23 +0000 Steve Newborn 4627 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu 4th Anniversary of BP Oil Spill Marked in St. Petersburg Free Dental Care Draws Crowd http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/free-dental-care-draws-crowd <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/healthnewsfl/audio/2014/04/4-17_dental_care_for_web.mp3" class="asset-audio">Going to the dentist may not be at the top of everyone&#039;s list, but when offered some free dental care recently, more than 1,600 eagerly showed up at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:30:09 +0000 Lottie Watts 4626 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Free Dental Care Draws Crowd Internet Retailer Amazon to Start Collecting Sales Taxes http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/internet-retailer-amazon-start-collecting-sales-taxes <p>Floridians who rely on Internet giant Amazon.com will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases.</p><p>A spokesman for the Seattle-based company confirmed Wednesday that Amazon will collect the state's 6 percent sales tax on May 1.</p><p>The move follows the decision by Amazon to build two distribution centers in the Sunshine State.</p><p></p><p>Amazon will open "fulfillment centers" in Lakeland and Ruskin. Each will be more than 1 million square feet. Amazon officials say when both are open, more than 1,000 full-time jobs will be created.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:58:51 +0000 The Associated Press and Steve Newborn 4625 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Internet Retailer Amazon to Start Collecting Sales Taxes Supreme Court Won't Consider Trauma Suit http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/supreme-court-wont-consider-trauma-suit <p>The Florida Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal from the HCA health-care chain amid broader legal and political battles about the continued operation of trauma centers at some HCA hospitals.</p><p>In a brief order issued Monday, justices said they would not review a decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal that helped hospitals in the Tampa Bay and Jacksonville areas continue challenging the HCA trauma centers.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:53:39 +0000 News Service of Florida 4622 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Supreme Court Won't Consider Trauma Suit What We Can Learn From DaVinci And Michelangelo http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/what-we-can-learn-davinci-and-michelangelo <p>Today, most kids may recognize the names Leonardo and Michelangelo from a group of turtles, <a href="http://www.nick.com/shows/ninja-turtles/">Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</a> who take their names from the Italian Renaissance masters. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:48:16 +0000 Susan Giles Wantuck 4620 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu What We Can Learn From DaVinci And Michelangelo Fl. Legislators Push for Millions in Spending http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/fl-legislators-push-millions-spending <p>Florida legislators with extra money to spend are trying to steer taxpayer funds to everything from gun ranges and a military museum to a course designed to teach “sexual risk avoidance.”</p><p>There’s $10 million for SkyRise Miami, a planned observation tower that would be the city’s tallest building once completed. There’s $500,000 for a livestock pavilion in Ocala. There’s money to help relocate a lighthouse now at Cape San Blas in the Panhandle.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:20:04 +0000 The Associated Press 4621 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Fl. Legislators Push for Millions in Spending USF Health Puts Medical Careers in Focus for Tampa Students http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/usf-health-puts-medical-careers-focus-tampa-students <p>Separated by only two miles, <strong><a href="http://ferrell.mysdhc.org/" target="_blank">Ferrell Middle Magnet School</a></strong> and <strong><a href="http://franklin.mysdhc.org/" target="_blank">Franklin Middle Magnet School</a></strong> have a lot in common.</p><p>Both East Tampa preparatory academies formed three years ago. Both are Title One schools, receiving federal funds while serving mixed student bodies of various races and economic backgrounds, with two-thirds to three-quarters of the pupils receiving free or reduced cost lunches.</p><p>And both single-sex schools are posting tremendous improvement in student performance: all-boys Franklin saw their school wide FCAT grade jump from a D in 2012 to a B in 2013; all-girls Ferrell went from a C to an A.</p><p>Representatives of <strong><a href="http://health.usf.edu/index.html" target="_blank">USF Health</a></strong> are trying to help those schools sustain their success—and show the students possible future paths—through a series of recent career days.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:58:51 +0000 Mark Schreiner 4617 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu USF Health Puts Medical Careers in Focus for Tampa Students Fact-Checking Senator Nelson's Florida Population Claims http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/fact-checking-senator-nelsons-florida-population-claims <p><a href="http://www.billnelson.senate.gov/">U.S. Senator Bill Nelson</a> wants Florida to be ready if and when a hurricane strikes.</p><p>That's why during a recent <a href="http://www.armed-services.senate.gov/hearings/14-04-08-army-active-and-reserve-force-mix">Senate Armed Services committee hearing</a>, Nelson argued against cuts to the Florida National Guard.<br /><br />As he made his argument, Nelson also took a little jab at New York State.</p><p>Nelson said, ""My state of Florida is now the third-largest state. We have surpassed New York in population."</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:22:42 +0000 Craig Kopp 4619 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Fact-Checking Senator Nelson's Florida Population Claims Ex-Pres. of Medicare Plan Arrested http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/ex-pres-medicare-plan-arrested Haider Ali Khan, patriarch of the now-defunct Quality Health Plans Inc., has been arrested and charged with more than a dozen felonies involving health-insurance fraud, state officials said.<p>Khan, who was president of the Tampa-based Medicare plan before it closed, turned himself in to Leon County Jail officials on April 3 and was released on $150,000 bond, according to the state Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:11:28 +0000 Carol Gentry 4616 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Ex-Pres. of Medicare Plan Arrested Surplus Creates Push for Hometown Projects http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/surplus-creates-push-hometown-projects <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida legislators with extra money to spend are trying to steer taxpayer funds to everything from gun ranges and a military museum to a course designed to teach "sexual risk avoidance."</span></p><p>There's $10 million for SkyRise Miami, a planned observation tower that would be the city's tallest building once completed. There's $500,000 for a livestock pavilion in Ocala. There's money to help relocate a lighthouse now at Cape San Blas in the Panhandle.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:44:30 +0000 Gary Fineout of the Associated Press 4615 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Surplus Creates Push for Hometown Projects Speed Limits, Gun Bills Remain in Play http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/speed-limits-gun-bills-remain-play <p>After taking this week off and holding committee meetings Monday and Tuesday, the Florida Senate will face a flurry of bills when it returns to the floor April 23.</p><p>The Senate is expected to pass a proposal (HB 7035) that would revamp laws dealing with juvenile sentencing in cases that involve murders or other series felonies. Also, it will begin debating a proposal (SB 392) that could allow speed limits to go as high as 75 mph on some highways.</p><p>Senators also are expected to take up two proposals backed by gun-rights advocates.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:36:55 +0000 News Service of Florida 4614 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Speed Limits, Gun Bills Remain in Play Rays Owner: Tampa Ballpark "Attractive" http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/rays-owner-tampa-ballpark-attractive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six years after saying they wanted to explore alternative sites to downtown St. Petersburg for a new ballpark, the Tampa Bay Rays still are in search of a location.</span></p><p>“Tampa is obviously very, very attractive on the list, and we expect to at some point, hopefully sooner, look there as well as some other parts of the region,” Rays owner Stuart Stern­berg said Tuesday during a panel at the MLB Diversity Business Summit.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:00:59 +0000 Associated Press 4613 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Rays Owner: Tampa Ballpark "Attractive" It’s Lawmaking Time—But Sometimes The Clock Runs Out Before Debate’s Over http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/it-s-lawmaking-time-sometimes-clock-runs-out-debate-s-over <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wfsu/audio/2014/04/TimeforLawmaking0415CR_L.MP3" class="asset-audio"></a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Zoute Drop via Flickr" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfsu/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/Clock_by_Zoute_Drop.jpg" alt="" /><p>Although Florida lawmakers filed more than 1,800 bills this year, most measures were not destined to become laws. Some were too controversial in an election year. Some died alone with no companion measure in the other chamber. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:11:00 +0000 Jessica Palombo 4612 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu It’s Lawmaking Time—But Sometimes The Clock Runs Out Before Debate’s Over Dozier Update: DNA Tests, Facial Composite & A Second Graveyard? http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/dozier-update-dna-tests-facial-composite-second-graveyard <p>As is fitting for a case that dates back to the early 1900's, progress is slow in coming for researchers looking at the mysteries found on the grounds of the <strong><a href="http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/term/dozier-school-boys" target="_blank">Dozier School for Boys</a></strong> - but it is being made.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:48:13 +0000 Mark Schreiner 4611 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Dozier Update: DNA Tests, Facial Composite & A Second Graveyard? High Court Weighs Scott’s Drug-Testing Requirement for State Workers http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/high-court-weighs-scott-s-drug-testing-requirement-state-workers <p style="margin-right: 13px; margin-bottom: 13px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: georgia; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.4em !important;">TALLAHASSEE — More than three years after Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order seeking across-the-board drug testing for state employees, the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to decide whether to weigh in on the controversial policy.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:45:06 +0000 The News Service of Florida 4609 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu High Court Weighs Scott’s Drug-Testing Requirement for State Workers