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6:03 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

FSU Professor's World-Famous Cat Map Website Could Soon Run Out Of Lives

Mundy says some people take down their photos after they appear on his site, while other people ask how they can add their cats.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A Florida State University art professor has been getting international attention for his website mapping the world’s cats. But the popular site will soon go dark if he doesn’t raise enough money to keep the computer servers purring.

Type Owen Mundy’s name into Google, and you’ll get recent headlines from The New York Times, USA Today and, NPR.  

“I’ve had many moments where I was working on it, and I said to myself, ‘Yeah, this is gonna be big. This is really funny,’” he recalls.

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State News
4:44 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Scott Grateful For Latest Endorsement, Asks Hospitality Industry’s Help In Re-election Bid

Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association President and CEO Carol Dover during a fishing contest in 2012.
Credit viezine.com

The main group that helps represent and promote Florida’s biggest money-making industry is the latest to endorse Governor Rick Scott.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association made the announcement at the group’s summit Wednesday in Tampa. And, Governor Scott says he couldn’t be happier.

“Very appreciative of y’all’s endorsement. I’m going to continue to work every day to…hopefully this year, we’ll have 100 million tourists, and next year, we’ll keep growing every year over the next four and half years,” said Scott.

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Environment
3:25 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Florida Wildlife Officials Battling Invasive Giant Lizards

Tegus have sharp claws and teeth, but FWC officials say they don't pose a direct threat to people. They eat vegetables, insects and small rodents.
Credit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida wildlife officials are working to eradicate invasive lizards that can grow up to 4 feet long and have been seen eating alligator eggs. Tegus have been spotted recently in Hillsborough, Miami-Dade and Polk counties.

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State News
5:20 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Federal Law Could Help More Floridians With Disabilities Get Jobs

Opportunity Services is one provider of job training and placement for people with disabilities. Clients are placed in temporary employment alongside a coach while employers evaluate whether to hire them permanently.
Credit Danny Nicholson via Flickr

Florida disability advocates are celebrating changes to federal employment law President Barack Obama signed last week. Florida will be required to help get people with disabilities jobs within the community whenever possible rather than positions segregated from the rest of society.

The updated law will help end what advocates call the “school-to-warehouse pipeline” for young adults with disabilities. The law requires states to consider first whether someone’s goals and interests can be met with a job working alongside people who don’t have disabilities.

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Health & Science
4:45 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

FMA Support Of Medicaid Expansion May Not Be Enough To Change State Lawmakers' Minds

Florida Medical Association
Credit flmedical.org / Florida Medical Association

For the past two years, Florida’s top state lawmakers have opposed expanding the Medicaid program for low-income people under the federal health law. The state has rejected more than $51 billion under the federal Affordable Care Act to increase income eligibility limits and add more people to the rolls. Now one of the state’s most powerful physician groups, the Florida Medical Association is backing a Medicaid Expansion, but it may not be enough to change state lawmakers' anti-ACA stance.

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