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A U.S. Senate hearing to consider the next administrator of NASA started Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says he’s not confident in President Trump’s nominee, Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK). Nelson—a former astronaut—is the top Democrat who sits on the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees the nation’s space program. He spoke directly to the nominee during opening remarks.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson spoke to Florida A&M University students Monday about his experience in space. He also promoted taking STEM subjects. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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A Florida-based company made history this week by winning federal approval for a private mission to the moon. The development is unprecedented in the private space industry.

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Florida Democratic Senator and former astronaut Bill Nelson is welcoming NASA’s Commander Scott Kelly back home.

Capital Report: 03-06-2013

Mar 6, 2013

A day after the Florida Senate passed its ethics reform plan, members of House are hammering out their version. But Regan McCarthy reports some say the new plans are really a mixed bag of good and bad.

Gazing up at the night sky is simultaneously humbling and utterly thrilling. This hour, we'll hear from TED speakers who share an infectious sense of wonder and curiosity about our place in the universe and what lies beyond our skies.

Listen to the TED Radio Hour on 88.9 WFSU-FM at noon this Saturday, April 6th.

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She blasted off aboard Challenger, culminating a long journey that started in 1977 when the Ph.D. candidate answered an ad seeking astronauts for NASA missions.

In a lecture she gave at Berkeley, Ride said she saw the ad on Page 3 of the student newspaper.

"The moment I saw that ad, I knew that's what I wanted to do," she said.

Capital Report: 04-27-2012

Apr 27, 2012

When Governor Rick Scott signed Florida’s budget last week, it was after making almost 143 million dollars in line-item vetoes. One of those vetoes, valued at $1.5 million, would have gone to rape crisis centers throughout the state. As Jessica Palombo of member station W-J-C-T in Jacksonville reports, the veto came as a shock to centers with already overworked staffs.

 

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Capital Report: 02-16-2012

Feb 16, 2012

Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Thursday to give a boost to Florida’s commercial space industry.  James Call reports, the measure will free up federal and state dollars to help build the facilities needed to launch equipment and people into space. 

It seems nearly everyone at the Florida Capitol now agrees that personal injury protection or “PIP” insurance fraud is a big problem.  Tom Flanigan reports the only thing those people disagree about is how to fix the problem…

Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Thursday to give a boost to Florida’s commercial space industry.  James Call reports, the measure will free up federal and state dollars to help build the facilities needed to launch equipment and people into space.

The Governor invited the House and Senate sponsors into his office for a bill signing that changes one word in the Florida law books. It is the first bill signing of the 2012 Legislative session.