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A man convicted of killing three people is slated for execution Wednesday in Florida. Florida is the third state to put someone to death this week, since a botched execution in Oklahoma took place in April.

Since Governor Rick Scott took office in 2011, he’s okayed 17 Florida executions. And, around 6 p.m. Wednesday, John Henry will be the 18th person put to death. When asked whether he was confident about Florida’s execution process, Scott replied:

Florida Named 'Most Stressed' State

Jun 12, 2014
Floridians are under stress.
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Feeling overtly stressed out lately? It may not be a coincidence.  A new study by the real estate blog Movoto analyzed and compiled data from the U.S. Census’s American Community Survey. 

What it found was, though Florida may have beautiful beaches and theme park attractions, it has the most stressed and worried residents in the 48 contiguous states.

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Going into Florida’s 2014 legislative session, water issues seemed to take center stage. But, the political will to solve problems with the state’s degrading springs, wetlands and aquifers dried up before session’s end. Now, one Tallahassee scientist is hoping to bridge the political divide with a free market solution.

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A long-simmering dispute over water continued this week as Georgia filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing Florida’s request for a hearing.  But the feud is more complex than it may at first seem.

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The federal Health Resources and Services Administration says at least 55 million people around the country live in areas that lack an adequate supply of primary care doctors. Now, some Florida lawmakers are looking to remedy that by expanding what Nurse Practitioners are allowed to do.

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70 years ago this week President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ended sixty years of codified racial oppression when he signed a bill repealing the Chinese Exclusion Act. Now, Asian-Americans in Florida are asking state lawmakers to do the same by nixing a constitutional provision banning Asians from owning property in the Sunshine State.

Capital Report: 11-29-2013

Dec 4, 2013

Florida is known for its produce – it’s not uncommon to see roadside stands selling it. The state even features the image of an orange on its license plates.  But amidst all this plenty, Regan McCarthy reports many Floridians have little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Anti-Defamation League, which tracks hate crimes, says there’s been a 20-percent drop in hate crimes against Florida Jews. But, despite the improvement, the state still ranks among the top five states in the country for the number of reported incidents.

The Anti-Defamation League tracks episodes with a clear Jewish target. Still, ADL Regional Director Hava Holzhaur said the audit isn’t really a clear picture because it relies on self-reporting.

Florida Tourism Industry On Pace For Record Year

Nov 16, 2012

Florida’s economy is seeing a boost from tourism for the 30th consecutive month, putting the state on track toward a record year. The state saw a significant increase in visitors from the U.S. and abroad during the third quarter of 2012.  

Going against many pollsters’ predictions, it looks like President Obama has won the state of Florida, pending final confirmation. Political analysts say, Obama’s victory highlights the importance of last-minute campaigning and the danger of campaigns’ relying on outdated demographic information.

For much of election night, it looked like Florida, the perennial toss-up state, was headed for a mandatory recount, as Obama and Mitt Romney’s vote tallies were less than one-half of 1 percent apart.

WFSU-FM Hosts Two Foreign Journalists

Oct 30, 2012
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WFSU is hosting two foreign Journalists participating in the Elections 2012 Visiting Journalists Program. We're helping them to provide first-hand reports on the outcome of the Presidential Election from our unique view, being in a battle ground state like Florida. Those reports will be sent back to their readers, listeners and viewers in their home countries.

Human trafficking is a 34-billion dollar industry that state, national, and international groups and leaders are hoping to curb. And, one way they’re hoping to address the problem is through an educational two-day forum in Florida called "“Modern Day Slavery: Creating Strategies and Partnerships in Combating Human Trafficking.”

Sound From The GOP Convention Floor

Aug 29, 2012
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Florida Republican delegates almost missed the big show Tuesday afternoon. Florida Public Radio/WFSU-FM's Trimmel Gomes interviews Delegate Susie Wiles, from Ponte Vedra, who arrived at the Republican National Convention minutes before the two O’clock roll call vote to nominate Mitt Romney. The Florida group has been forced to stay farther from convention site because state officials broke GOP rules by holding the Florida presidential primary too early.

In recent weeks, there’s been lots of conflicting information coming out from the state. There is agreement that Florida’s economy is growing—but officials disagree on what’s contributing to that growth and whether or not it will continue.

Florida’s unemployment rate stalled last month at 8.6 percent. The lackluster jobs report coincided with Governor Rick Scott’s announcement that two new businesses are coming to Florida:

Florida's economy to remain bumpy until 2015

Jul 23, 2012

Florida’s economic recovery is shaping up to look like a game of red light-green light. Sometimes it’s on the upswing, and sometimes it appears to be coming to a dead stop. But state economists say it appears the state is gaining economic steam, and that those gains will continue—as long as Florida manages to avoid national and international pitfalls looming ahead.

The federal government granted Florida access to a Homeland Security immigration database over the weekend. But, Florida’s election supervisors say they are waiting for more detailed instructions from the state before they proceed with removing non-citizens from the rolls.

For the purge to happen, the president of the state election supervisors association Vicki Davis says, the process must include backup documentation along with a list of names. She says that’s what keeping supervisors from removing suspected non-citizens during the state-directed purge so far.

Florida’s unemployment rate has fallen slightly to just under 10-percent, the lowest it’s been in more than two-and-a-half years. Lynn Hatter reports the state’s Republican leaders have wasted no time in claiming credit for the job gains.

In a conference call with reporters Friday, Governor Rick Scott announced the state’s unemployment rate is now 9.9-percent, the lowest it’s been since April of 2009. Scott also took credit for the more than 141-thousand private sector jobs that have spung up since January of last year, saying the rate is a reflection of his policies.

Capital Report: 01-18-2012

Jan 19, 2012

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Tuesday, a Florida House subcommittee passed a bill that would shift control of reclaimed water away from water management districts and into the hands of utilities.  As Janelle Irwin from member station WMNF in Tampa reports, even though the 12 to 2 vote shows support from representatives, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

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