WUSF News http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu en What Might Future Florida Human Trafficking Legislation Look Like For 2015? http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/what-might-future-florida-human-trafficking-legislation-look-2015 <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The logo for the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking" data-attribution="Credit myfloridalegal.com" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfsu/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/HTCouncil0822.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wfsu/audio/2014/08/HumanTrafficking0822CR.mp3" class="asset-audio">Listen to the story!</a><p>Florida is ranked number three in the U.S. for the number of calls received at the nation’s human trafficking hotline. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:39:31 +0000 Sascha Cordner 5369 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu What Might Future Florida Human Trafficking Legislation Look Like For 2015? Judge Approves New Redistricting Map, Allows Elections to Go Forward http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/judge-approves-new-redistricting-map-allows-elections-go-forward <p>A Leon County judge upheld a second draft of the state's congressional districts in a decision issued Friday, but shelved the new map until after the November elections.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:37:37 +0000 The News Service of Florida 5368 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Judge Approves New Redistricting Map, Allows Elections to Go Forward CannaDay Comes To Ybor http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/cannaday-comes-ybor <p><a href="http://floridacannabiscoalition.com/event/tampa-bay/">CannaDay Tampa Bay </a>was in Ybor on Friday. Activists, entrepreneurs and patients gathered to discuss medical cannabis and its future in Florida.</p><p>Some industry projections show that if legalized, medical marijuana will help 420,000 patients in Florida, which would be the third most in the United States. Peter Sessa, Chief Operating Officer of the Florida Cannabis Coalition.</p><p>He says the Cannabis industry has a bright future in the state of Florida.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:25:45 +0000 Nathan Powell 5367 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu CannaDay Comes To Ybor Gov. Scott Promises $700 Mil. For Schools in 2015 Budget http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/gov-scott-promises-700-mil-schools-2015-budget <div class="article_text article_paragraph0"><p>Hammered by his chief rival over <a href="http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/school-funding-teacher-evaluations-key-issues-early-governors-race" target="_blank">cuts to school budgets</a>, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday made an election-year promise to boost money for public schools if he's re-elected.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:44:47 +0000 Associated Press 5362 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Gov. Scott Promises $700 Mil. For Schools in 2015 Budget FDA Panel Says No; Docs Say Yes http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/fda-panel-says-no-docs-say-yes Sarasota urologist&#160; Ronald Wheeler says he's going to continue doing a controversial prostate-cancer treatment, even though an FDA panel recently voted against it and even though the state could punish him for it.<p>Because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the French device that Wheeler uses for high-intensity focused ultrasound, called HIFU, he has been treating his patients in Mexico.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Europe, Japan, Canada and many other countries have allowed </span>HIFU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for&#160; years. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:06:43 +0000 Carol Gentry 5361 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu FDA Panel Says No; Docs Say Yes Bay Pines VA Summit on Mental Health http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/bay-pines-va-summit-mental-health <p></p><p>Veterans mental health experts at <a href="http://www.baypines.va.gov/">Bay Pines VA Healthcare System</a> admit the VA "can't do everything alone."</p><p>So, the Bay Pines VA is holding a mental&nbsp;health&nbsp;summit today, looking to community partners to help provide veteran services both inside and outside the VA System. L<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ocal mental health agencies, private health care organizations and some hospitals are expected to attend the invitation-only event.</span></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:22:46 +0000 Bobbie O'Brien 5359 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Bay Pines VA Summit on Mental Health Rich Hopes Voters Will Choose The 'Real Democrat' http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/rich-hopes-voters-will-choose-real-democrat <p>Former Sen. Nan Rich is hoping a solid lifetime record as a Democrat, 28 months of campaigning and outreach to the hardcore grassroots of her party are enough to overcome the name recognition and millions of dollars raised by Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist in Tuesday's primary for governor.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 5351 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Rich Hopes Voters Will Choose The 'Real Democrat' One Woman's 'Pay It Forward' Moment Inspires 11 Hours Of Kindness http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/one-womans-pay-it-forward-moment-inspires-11-hours-kindness <ul><li>&nbsp;<a href="http://pd.npr.org/npr-mp4/npr/atc/2014/08/20140821_atc_one_womans_pay_it_forward_moment_inspires_11_hours_of_kindness.mp4?orgId=1&amp;topicId=1091&amp;ft=3&amp;f=342228894">Listen</a></li></ul><p>At a drive-through Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Fla., a chain of generosity included hundreds of customers. Each customer in the chain chose to "pay it forward," paying for the drink of the customer behind her. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:39:53 +0000 Audie Cornish & Robert Siegel 5358 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu One Woman's 'Pay It Forward' Moment Inspires 11 Hours Of Kindness Moms Rally to Legalize Medical Marijuana - For Their Kids http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/moms-rally-legalize-medical-marijuana-their-kids <p><em>In June, the state legislature legalized an oil form marijuana called Charlotte’s Web for medicinal use.</em></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:04:18 +0000 Sam Luvisi of WLRN 5354 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Moms Rally to Legalize Medical Marijuana - For Their Kids Florida Should Get Rid Of Coal-Fired Power Plants Now, Climate Scientists Say http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/florida-should-get-rid-coal-fired-power-plants-now-climate-scientists-say <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Florida scientists were given 30 minutes with Gov. Rick Scott to explain climate change." data-attribution="Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wlrn/files/styles/card_280/public/201408/ClimateMeeting.JPG" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wlrn/audio/2014/08/CLIMATEREAX0821WR.mp3" class="asset-audio">Listen to the story.</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:05:19 +0000 Gina Jordan 5353 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Florida Should Get Rid Of Coal-Fired Power Plants Now, Climate Scientists Say Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida Gay Marriage Ban http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/federal-judge-strikes-down-florida-gay-marriage-ban <p><em>A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.</em></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:02:07 +0000 The News Service of Florida 5352 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida Gay Marriage Ban A Third With Medicaid Chose Own Plan http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/third-medicaid-chose-own-plan <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Only about one-third of Florida’s Medicaid recipients transitioning into managed care statewide chose their own health insurance plans.</span><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/healthnewsfl/files/styles/card_280/public/201310/Medicaid_symbol.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Enrollment for the general population started in May and ended in August. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:12:38 +0000 Associated Press 5350 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu A Third With Medicaid Chose Own Plan ISIS Hostage Journalist Steven Sotloff Has Miami Roots http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/isis-hostage-journalist-steven-sotloff-has-miami-roots <p></p><p>Now that U.S. officials have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/20/341836683/video-purports-to-show-beheading-of-u-s-journalist-by-militants" target="_blank">verified the beheading</a> of U.S. photojournalist James Foley by the terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), attention has turned to another American journalist being held by the group.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:26:09 +0000 Tim Padgett 5348 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu ISIS Hostage Journalist Steven Sotloff Has Miami Roots Q&A With Author Of "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good" http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/qa-author-burnt-toast-makes-you-sing-good <p></p><p></p><p>Author Kathleen Flinn<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;comes by her love of cooking the natural way. Her mom, dad, grandmother and grandfather all cooked. </span>Flinn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grew up on a farm in Michigan, where her mother baked bread, canned vegetables, made jam and more.&nbsp; </span></p><p>The family went fishing (on and off ice), &nbsp;hunting, camping and her folks even joined the local German-American club, even though they weren't German. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flinn is the author of the New York Times bestseller, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Sharper Your Knife, the Less you Cry</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. And her latest book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is chock-full of family recipes, including some of the sweets her mom used to bribe the local radio station DJ, so he would play her dad's favorite song at a certain time each day.&nbsp; </span></p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:14:36 +0000 Susan Giles Wantuck 5347 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Q&A With Author Of "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good" Coasters Thrill, Drill the Body http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/coasters-thrill-drill-body <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/healthnewsfl/audio/2014/08/8-21_HNF_Coaster_Ready.mp3" class="asset-audio">Some visitors at Busch Gardens Tampa are testing the state&#039;s newest thrill ride. Falcon&#039;s Fury - a 30-plus-story free fall tower - is inviting a few volunteers for test rides. Mary Shedden from Health News Florida wondered what this ride and others do to our insides. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:53:10 +0000 Mary Shedden 5346 at http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu Coasters Thrill, Drill the Body