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2:09 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Lawmaker: Don't Smoke With Kids In Car

new smoking ban
Credit www.lowcostcigs.com

Smoking, driving and kids don’t mix. That's the message of a South Florida lawmaker who wants to ban smoking while driving when children are in the car.

Senator Jeff Clemens, a Democrat from Lake Worth, only wants to protect children from second-hand smoke.

But his bill is already drawing fire from personal liberty advocates. Florida Tea Party founder Everett Wilkinson warns good intentions don’t trump the dangers of a nanny state.

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Health & Science
7:36 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

House, Senate Remain Divided On Medicaid Expansion

The Senate says it would consider expanding Florida's Medicaid program to nearly a million more low-income Floridians. The House is continuing to say no.

The federal government’s deal with Indiana to expand that state’s Medicaid program could boost the prospect of expansion in Florida. Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program includes co-pays and premiums for low-income people—something popular among republicans.  Senate President Andy Gardiner says Indiana has caught his chamber’s attention.

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-WFSU American Graduate
7:21 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Bridges As Art: Trinity School Alumna Gives A Lesson In Tech And Design

The proposed pedestrian bridge at Cascades Park, as rendered by Figg Engineering.
Credit Figg Engineering Group

A local business is marrying art with engineering—a feat that’s made it one of the most in-demand firms in the nation when it comes to building industrial bridges.  Wednesday the Figg Engineering group stopped at Trinity Catholic School to show kids how it’s done.

About 50 kids are in a large hall at Trinity Catholic School and engineer Jason Stauffer is in the middle of about 10 of them. He’s holding up pieces of reinforced steel coated in blue and green paint. The coating helps prevent rust. Stauffer is showing students how the steel is used to reinforce and construct bridges.

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State News
6:56 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Sunshine Law Complaint In Bailey Lawsuit

First Amendment Foundation President Barbara Petersen spoke Wednesday at an Associated Press media event at the Capitol.
Credit D.A. Robin / WFSU News

A South Florida attorney has filed a complaint against the state, seeking a criminal investigation into the firing of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey. Bailey’s termination was also a topic of conversation during a media day at the Capitol Wednesday.

St. Petersburg Attorney Matthew Weidner is asking State Attourney Willie Meggs to investigate whether Bailey was “forced out” of the job by Governor Rick Scott. Weidner also wants Meggs to look into how much the rest of the cabinet members knew.

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Education
6:46 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Foundation For Florida's Future Wants Lawmakers To Reconsider Teacher Evaluations

Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She served as Governor Jeb Bush’s deputy chief of staff for education, enterprise solutions for government, minority procurement, and business and professional regulation.
Credit Foundation for Florida's Future

The Florida legislature is poised to make sweeping changes to the state’s standardized testing system and to the way teachers are evaluated. The Foundation which backed the system currently in place, says it’s pleased to see lawmakers giving the system a second look.

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